Normally, when I get e-mails from my mother, it’s a fluff forward warning me that if I break the chain, I will have bad luck for the rest of my life or some all caps correspondence bearing the familiar panicked "WHY HAVEN’T YOU CALLED ME?" Gotta love her.
So last week when she sent me an e-mail that started off with something about Christmas cards and "warming people’s hearts," I quickly skipped past it to in an effort to stay focused on actual work. A short time later, I returned to it to find something quite amazing.
She was telling me about a seventh-grade girl named Destiny Eadie from Belleville, Michigan (where I’m from) who has been featured in the Ann Arbor News, been honored by the Marines and most recently received an award from The United Way and Chuck Gaidica, Channel 4′s weatherman.
For the past 3 years, Destiny has made it her
mission passion to collect & send holiday cards to our overseas troops. She was inspired by a website where soldiers can post requests for their troops, AnySoldier.com.
As with most worthwhile projects, Destiny’s project started off with a simple idea: to send warm wishes and thanks to a soldier fighting in the war. But Destiny thinks WAY bigger than that.
The first year, she collected nearly 600 cards in less than a month. In ’06, she garnered 3,600. This most recent holiday season she surpassed 7,000.
Each year she raises her goal. She goes to craft shows and has people -
strangers – sign cards. She enlists friends, schools, neighbors – anyone – to buy
cards, sign them and then she mails them to soldiers. She spends her baby-sitting money and donations to box them up and ship overseas.
And she continues to do it year round, knowing that a "thank you" or
kind words from home mean something, no matter the day. The project is now called "Cards from Destiny." She knows it’s
not about supporting the war – it’s about supporting the people who put
their lives on the line for us. Her mission continues next week at Compuware Arena as she joins the Plymouth Whalers for their Armed Forces night on February 22nd at 7:05.
So here’s to you, Destiny – you are the epitome of the DIFF.