Good news from Fallujah

I saw this photograph earlier today on USAToday.com

Sacked out

… and I realized that there’s no way I could imagine how good these guys must have felt to sleep on a mattress with a pillow. Then I read an e-mail sent to Rich Lowry at National Review Online:

I am also a professor at a military-related institution, and my little brother is an enlisted Marine (a sniper with 1-3) in Fallujah. This weekend he called for the first time since the battle began. He informed us that a large number of the residents of Fallujah, before fleeing the battle, left blankets and bedding for the Marines and Soldiers along with notes thanking the Americans for liberating their city from the terrorists, as well as invitations to the Marines and Soldiers to sleep in their houses. I’ve yet to see a report in the media of this. Imagine that.
Additionally, he said their spirits are high, but they would certainly appreciate any “care packages” that folks in the States would care to send their way (preferably consisting of non-perishable food items, candy, deodorant, eye-drops, q-tips, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, hand/feet warmers, black/dark undershirts, underwear & socks, and non-aerosol bug spray).

Amazing. If you want to send stuff to the troops, click here.
I’m thankful for every single one of our troops. Godspeed, folks.

Operation Holiday Spirit

Here’s something we can all agree on. Let’s send some Christmas cheer to the troops fighting to defend us! Soldiers’ Angels is running Operation Holiday Spirit, and you can help. Just click on the image below.

Operation Holiday Spirit

You can either make a donation or send a stocking and a phone card yourself. Go and do your part. The deadline for shipping anything to the war zone if you want it to arrive by Christmas is this Saturday, the 13th. The deadline is November 27th for mail shipped on military aircraft when space is available and December 4th for military parcel airlift mail.