Seems strange that on a day when it is sunny and 90 degrees outside I am writing an article about Christmas. But as with all good planning, ‘tis best to start early. The Paralegal Association of Rochester is getting ready for the upcoming holiday season and decided to assist with sponsoring two charities that have been presented to us by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the USO.
In fact, all of the paralegal associations nationwide are being encouraged to participate in some form with the many types of charitable programs offered by the USO. PAR has chosen the following two programs to assist the troops:
The first option is called the Holiday Cards Project. It basically involves supplying all types of greeting cards for the troops. There are no Hallmark stores or drugstores for our troops to go into and purchase cards for their friends and loved ones so it is our opportunity to bring the cards to the troops!
We need to collect a minimum of 20 of each of the following types of cards: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Thank You and blank no-message cards. Once we have collected at least 120 of the 6 types of cards they will be sent to the designated person who will then forward them to the troops.
I recently checked with the website CurrentCatalog.com and they offer these cards pretty much year round.
The next option is the United Through Reading Book Drive. Children have such a tough time being separated from their parents. Emails and letters, although invaluable, aren’t always enough, especially when the deployment is for a very long period of time. The separated military parent chooses a book from the collection whereupon it is forwarded to them at their military base. Then, they are recorded reading this book “to their child.” The DVD and the book are thereafter forwarded to the child at their home where they can read it along with their recorded parent.
I recently watched as a child received one of these DVDs and got a little misty eyed when the little girl looked at the TV screen and kept repeating “Daddy, there’s Daddy.” The USO has come up with an approved list for the books utilized in this program of which only brand new versions are allowed to be sent. It is very popular as they are estimating that over 55,000 of them will be sent out this year!
If anyone is interested in supplying Holiday Cards, receiving a copy of the list of accepted book titles or supplying monetary donations towards these two military charity programs, please contact PAR representative Debbi King @ email@example.com.
Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for PAR’s Annual Kick-Off Dinner and 9th Annual Auction to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The location will be announced shortly.
Deborah King is a paralegal and PAR’s primary representative to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.