totally off topic...

lindaruzicka(Z6 PA)December 12, 2008

this is totally off topic but I thought I would run it past you guys. There was an article in the paper today about a former sailor setting up a wedsite for service people who are in the area and don't have anywhere to go for Christmas dinner. This would be due to either going to or coming from overseas, waiting for orders and things like that. I've been debating about calling and inviting one or two members to come to dinner...anyone ever do that before?..."curious"

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pic_it_up2005(Zone 6 Ohio Valley)

In my hometown there was a soldier that had just got back from Iraq and was a single guy who had moved here to work as a police officer. His parents live far away and are in a nursing home so one of our close friends invited him to their christmas dinner.

Think about it for a second...

As long as your family is ok with it, what a memory you could make in a service man or womens life! Think of our current vets and the stories they tell about coming home to see ribbon tied on trees and american flags on people's garage doors. Thirty years from now are you going to remember what you had for christmas dinner? I bet you will always remember the time you invited a soldier that is far away from home to share your christmas dinner though, And I bet that soldier will tell the story to their grandchildren someday too.

Talk to you family, I think this sort of thing needs to be a family decision but what an increadable thing you could do if you decided to invite them.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 10:32AM
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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

I think it is an excellent idea! The holidays can be quite lonely for those in the service that have no particular place to go. Even those that are on base and can only leave for a short time (say for dinner) because they have guard duty, etc. I think it would make a special holiday for them if you did that. When I was in I had three (out 4) VERY lonely holidays because I could not make it home. It would have been such a treat if someone would have shared their holiday with me.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 12:21PM
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medontdo(8)

Hi Linda,
i think its a perfect idea!! we all know bevsc, she's a real sweetie, she has a heart of gold, well i've gotten to know her a little bit, and i never have met anyone like her, i swear this!! she has (i really hope she doesn't get mad at me, but i am soooo amazed at her!! **big smile**)
she has thanksgiving dinner and invites people over that don't have a place to go, like her friends and stuff like that. how amazing is that?? my family would freak!! they'd pick them off slowly!! but then again, maybe that's how i see them, ya know. because i know them. i think its a great idea! you are so kind!! Hugs ~Medo

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 9:11PM
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