Cookies for Christian
Short version: I was mistakenly included on some family's group text message asking for care packages to be sent to a young guy (presumably in the family) serving in the military overseas. Who am I to say no to a wrong number text message? So, now I'm raising money to send him 3,000 cookies. Does he like cookies? Simply impossible to know.
Longer version: A few months back, I was mistakenly included on some family’s group text. It was a pic of a little kid smiling with an old lady, and the text said “Always loves going to grammy’s!”
I responded with “Looks like he’s having a blast!” thinking they’d realize their mistake and remove me from the thread.
A day later, pic of the same kid, this time with a toy car, and a text: “Of course I couldn’t resist buying it for him, fast and furious!” followed by a bunch of texts that were just like “aw, give him a smooch for me!”
I replied to that one with “I don’t know why I’m part of this, but I’m happy that kid got his car” and thought that was the end of it. Surely now, the messages would stop blowing up my phone. Instead, the person who started it simply replied “because you are family!”
About two weeks after that, it was a pic of four soldiers in front of a helicopter, with the text “Christian and his unit shipping out for six months.” Most of the responses were immediate, just “Wow, an officer and a gentleman, I pray for him every time we sing the anthem!” and stuff like that.
I replied “Which one is Christian?” thinking, clearly, this will definitely establish I had no business being included in this chain.
The person only replied “third from the right” so I finally gave up and embraced it, and just said “A true patriot”, which elicited a bunch of “Amen!”s and emojis from the rest of the group.
It’s been quiet for the last month, but today the person sent out a long text about how to send Christian a package while on deployment.
I don't want to let down the person this family thinks they've been texting, so I'm raising money to send this soldier 3,000 cookies. I don't know a thing about this guy. He might like my favorite TV show, or my favorite sports team, which would make him a pretty cool dude. Does he even like cookies? There's simply no way to know. Why 3,000? You're really asking too many questions.
A package of Oreos costs $3 and includes 36 cookies. So we're looking at about 84 boxes, with the leftover money going towards shipping to whatever part of the world he's currently deployed, defending our freedom.
Anything past the goal will just go to send even more cookies to him.
There are a lot of great charities out there, and a lot of great causes. This is not one of them. This really doesn't even make much sense if you think about it too long. It's just a way to do something nice for a total stranger.
There's a lot messed up in this world. Take a minute to put some positive energy out there. Give people something to believe in. And buy some cookies for a guy none of us have ever met.
Subject: So Many Thanks!
I received the boxes of cookies and I can’t thank you enough. The rest of my platoon enjoyed the cookies as well, and they have already destroyed about 2/3rds of them (haha). It means a lot to us that all those people donated money and their thoughts and prayers. The packages were a very nice surprise to get from someone besides family members. The girl scouts were very sweet with the cards they wrote. But, we are all grateful for you going out of your way and giving us support.
[I included a letter in the box with the first 3,000 cookies, and asked if they wanted anything different with the second shipment, and he gave me a few things guys in his platoon suggested] “…just some ideas that they put out there. Don’t feel the need to have to get every single thing, anything you send is already so very much appreciated. And, just some info about us, I’m a part of a tank platoon (I’m a driver). We are all safe right now and haven’t been set down range yet, so that’s good.
Once again thank you all for supporting me and my fellow marines. Semper Fi!"
Since we raised more than the original goal, everything above will be used to buy things for this second shipment.
Thanks again to everyone who chipped in to send some goodwill to a group of soldiers none of us know!
Donations will be open until early next week, when I will start shopping and then ruin the day of someone at the post office as I start shipping these things out.
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I am a mom of a soldier just recently deployed. The post office has special boxes for the military and their one price to ship no matter the weight. Not sure if you know about that. Thank you for helping our soldiers with a small part of home. My soldier wasn't able to buy Oreos over there. But we sure did ship them. Thank you again from a military famiky
These soldiers can use small hotel size shampoo, mouthwash, white socks, paper, stamps, keep up the good work!
This Army mom appreciates it when others help to "take care" of my soldier. Someone said that it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a country to support its military. Thank you!
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I belong to an amazing group that has thousands of members shipping love and goodies to the deployed! They have so little and things cost so much at the px...if they even have one. Check us out at Showing the Deployed Some Much Needed Love--you could make this one time gesture a wonderful habit!!