I’ve partnered with Extra Gum and Collective Bias to create these free chalkboard Thank You printables and remind us all to be thankful this holiday season. I donated all my own proceeds to ship care packages to our brave men and women overseas away from their families this holiday season. #ExtraGumMoments #CollectiveBias
I can’t believe it’s November already! The season of turkey, and overeating, and being thankful! I think appreciation and humility are important gestures to teach our children. The season is all about the warm feeling that comes from being together as a family and being grateful for who we are and what we have. So when I heard about this new campaign from Extra Gum to show appreciation to someone in our lives, I was instantly thrilled. Inspired by all of it, and my devotion to supporting our military family both here and abroad, I adopted some soldiers to send care packages to this holiday season. These brave men and women are stationed overseas and possibly in the middle of the ocean right now. Although I have not received the addresses yet, I know they won’t be home for Thanksgiving and probably not Christmas either.
The first thing I did, of course, was go shopping. The nice thing about showing someone you appreciate them is that it doesn’t have to be humongous. Small gestures can sometimes mean as much as the big stuff. I made four military care packages. There are so many ways you can give a little extra to someone to show you care. Think stocking stuffers, party favors, small tokens to random strangers, or even small gifts for children to share with their teachers and school mates.
Of course, being me, I added my own special touch in this printable. Showing my appreciation for all of you as well, I am offering it as download at the bottom of this post. Everyone loves a heartfelt letter, right? I know that soldiers love receiving letters even from strangers and especially children. It helps in time of low morale and to keep focus. My brother-in-law says he has saved a few that truly touched his heart. So my son and I included our own, which, I gotta tell you, was adorable! (He’s five so I did help spell but the words are his own)
Dear Mr. or Ms. Soldier,
I like you because you save people. Mommy says you keep us safe and help people. The world is so big. I will tell Santa to visit you too. I wish you could be with your family and open presents.
So we put together our letters and printable in the care packages and got them ready to ship. The USPS has special flat rate boxes meant for sending care packages to the military at reduced international shipping rates. However, I have to wait until I receive the specific names of the military personnel we have adopted. I love that I got to show my own appreciation and reinforce some good ol’ fashioned lessons to my son.
This may be my own personal way to show my own gratitude to those I have never met, but I am sure you can think of someone in your life who could use a small gesture. Need some small ideas? Here are some beautiful ideas to give extra appreciation. I hope this has inspired you and if you do decide to use these printables, I hope the receiver get the warm and fuzzies!
>>DOWNLOADABLE CHALKBOARD PDFs<<
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Have a great day and show someone you think they are extra special too!