Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Saturday: Camouflage, Coffee and Christmas

I am a coffee-a-holic. I admit it. I belong to a select group of individuals in the world who live for the next delicious, aromatic cup. It is a wonder I enjoy writing. Coffee shops and writing have been coupled together since time immemorial.

I have been following a certain coffee related group on FaceBook that reminds me daily not to take my freedom to drink coffee, at will, for granted - Green Beans Coffee.

Green Beans Coffee Cafes are located on the bases where our troops are deployed. It is an amazing way for anyone to brighten the day of a soldier, sailor, airman, marine, or coast guardsman (ahem...person) who is stationed far from home.

Here is the gist of how the program works:

You log onto Green Beans Coffee <--- Handy link for your convenience.

You choose the amount you want to sponsor:

$2.00 - One Service Member

$6.00 - Three Troops

$10.00 - Five Troops

$60.00 - Thirty Troops

Or, any other amount you choose.

The program doesn't end with an anonymously purchased cup of Joe. The site has a developed a means for you to write a letter of encouragement to said Service Member(s) via email, which, when they pick up their well deserved cup of Joe, will be delivered with said cup of Joe.

As we busy ourselves with Christmas, here at home, we need to remember those who have chosen to wear the uniform of freedom.

When my grandfather, who also served as my dad, would talk about his years in the African and European Campaigns of WWII, he would say receiving a letter from home was the highlight of his day. It made all the difference in the world, and it didn't matter who the letter was from. It was the mere idea that someone back home took the time to remember he was in a foxhole somewhere, praying to live to see the next day.

We all have family members, past and present, like my grandfather. Fortunately, today we have technology that allows letters (and coffee) to be delivered in an instant.

I encourage you, if the spirit moves you to do so, take two minutes of your time to remember our men and women who are deployed around the world and buy A Cup of Joe for a Joe!

Nollaig Shona Dhuit one and all.