I received this note from a reader and thought we could put our heads together to help her think of something wonderful!


“I’m currently living in Germany where I’m stationed with my husband who is deployed with the 527th MP CO.  They’re returning this summer after a long 15 months away.  My 3 year old and I can hardly wait to have “daddy” back home.  I’m working on a “Welcome Home’ gift for all 44 soldiers.  Many of who are single and will return to their dorm rooms.  If you could help me in coming up with an EASY and CHEAP idea to give to the soldiers I’d greatly appreciate it.  Remember I’m in Germany and I don’t access to many materials like I would if we were in the states.  If you’re able to help me out in any way I’d be VERY thankful!!”

“I think the number one thing they’ve missed is comfort!  But my husband is looking forward to going to the fridge to grab whatever he wants.  They’ve been limited to food since the area they are deployed is without a Shopette or PX.  So all the snacks he has had I’ve sent in care packages.

We actually are getting the keys to the single soldiers barracks so we can go decorate the hallways and clean their rooms. I was hoping to come up with something that we could make ahead of time since we’re not sure when they will be getting back.  I just need HELP and FAST!! “

Please leave a comment if you have some ideas!

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  5. Well, with all the suggestions and supporters in this list how about couple of bucks and a package of cookie mix. A hand written note or two from all of us who are interested will take some of the financial burden off this projeck. I am in for that.

    Thanks to you and your husband. I and my husband were both in the Army, then 3 of our 6 children and now two of our grand-sons. Appreciation of any kind is never lost.

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    Truely Thankful for all of our Military men and women and their families.


  6. I just happened on this post and I have to say I love all these ideas! My hubby will be deployed next year. It’s his second deployment, but it’s a second marriage for both of us, so I wasn’t there last time. His exwife left him while he was in Iraq, so I want to make sure that everything is super great (as great as it can be) this time.

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