Saturday, November 19, 2011

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays Soldier by Hasbro 1996 includes a 12-inch GI Joe with gift-filled duffel bag and an individually wrapped gift box.

Dolls from Vietnam

After my mother's middle son completed his Vietnam tour of duty, his clothing-filled duffel bag accompanied him home along with several months to years of war experience flashbacks in the form of night terrors.  Months prior to his final return, he sent a package home which contained the two dolls shown above.  Their wooden base is marked "Made in Viet-Nam."  A note to my mother instructed her to give the dolls to me.

While many members of the United States Armed Forces currently serving in Iraq will be home by Christmas this year, many others will not.  To send some holiday cheer to those still serving our country, I am participating in the 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program.  My 9 x 12- inch clasp envelope or perhaps a flat rate USPS envelope filled with as many signed, glitter-free, and envelope-free Christmas cards that will fit in it will be mailed to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

If you would also like to send holiday cheer to US service members in the form of greeting cards, the deadline to mail these is December 9, 2011.  Signed, glitter-free cards without envelopes are part of the guidelines.  For complete details and additional program guidelines, visit the sponsoring website:  Holiday Mail for Heroes.


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  1. Thanks for this idea, DBG! I'll check that link and send something for those left overseas.

    Adorable dolls, too. My Joe Johnson C.I. Joe looks like your Joe with gift.

  2. Thanks, D7ana. I picked up a box of 30 made in America Christmas cards from Family Dollar today.

    My solider's dog tags do not include a name. I forgot to mention that his gifts include a blonde doll.


  3. Love the doll with the sack full of gifts. Thanks for the information to send glitter free cards. What a great gesture! I will check out the link and try to participate.

  4. Great idea DBG. I will share this info. That was very sweet of your brother...lovely dolls. And GI him! He was the first male doll that I knew about. My youngest brother had a few when we were kids.

    Happy Sunday to you!

  5. Thanks for the happy Sunday wish, Georgia Girl.

    Please do pass on the Holiday for Heroes program information. I am sure our service members will appreciate receiving Christmas greetings.

    Yes, it was very nice of my brother to think about me with the gift of the dolls from Vietnam and I guess it's pretty amazing that I kept them all these years. Those are the only dolls I personally kept. My mother did relocate and reunite me with my childhood Barbie's one Christmas during the 1990s.



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