In celebration of Military Child Month, we have a guest post from long-time Operation Gratitude supporter and volunteer, Nancy Levy:
I love the simplicity with which inspiration can strike and a new idea is born. My husband Gary and I were driving home from a recording session for my new children’s music CDs when Gary had one such inspiration. He asked, “Wouldn’t it be great to write a song for military children whose parents have deployed?”
As we drove on, my thoughts drifted to my own children, now grown. The mere thought of a long separation from them when they were young made my heart ache. I connected most deeply with the moments we shared laying together quietly reading and cuddling before bedtime each night. As we arrived home, the first lyrics seemed to be writing themselves…
“And the time I miss you most is when I lay down in my bed, and I think of all the stories that the two of us have read…”
I continued to write and “feel” my way through the song while I thought about the responses that Operation Gratitude gets from the troops who receive care packages. The items that seem to mean the most to the troops are the letters from home, and especially the letters from children. I imagined what a letter from my own child would mean to me after a long separation. It would be my lifeline. And so the song continued to unfold with a theme…the letter, that sacred connection to home:
“And I draw wings on the backs of my letters that will carry my love to you.”
Once the song was finished we assembled a wonderful team to record the song and complete our project. I know I speak for everyone who so generously donated their time, energy and talent when I say that it is our great pleasure to offer Carry My Love to Operation Gratitude.
Though the minimum donation for the download is .99 cents, please feel free to donate more. One-hundred percent of your donation will go directly to Operation Gratitude.
I have one more goal for Carry My Love: I would like to produce a CD and illustrated book to include in every Operation Gratitude Battalion Buddy care package.
Interested in sponsoring this project? Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a YouTube video of Carry My Love that we hope you will enjoy:
Thank you for supporting Operation Gratitude!!
Important: For Battalion Buddy Requests — Please have your rear detachment or family readiness coordinator contact us at Info@OperationGratitude.com (or if you are familiar with the family readiness coordinator, please forward them our information) so we can arrange to send Battalion Buddies to all the children of your unit. We wish we had the resources to be able to ship to individuals but it is not within our mandate and we apologize that we cannot fulfill requests on an individual basis.