(I was not compensated for writing this post in any way, shape or form. I just thought is was really, really cool.)
Today, while on Face Book (shut up) I came across a link to a site called Green Beans Coffee. They have a program called A Cup of Joe for a Joe. Being a naturally curious person, I clicked and found myself reading about how I can buy a cup of coffee for a soldier.
This appealed to me because I like the idea of treating these hard working, dedicated soldiers to a cup of coffee, but the likelihood that I would walk up to a soldier and make an offer like that is close to zilch. I admire those of you who have no problem doing that type of thing - almost jealous, in fact - if jealousy weren't a sin, you understand. It's just not my style to put myself forward like that. Even though I do like to express my appreciation.
Along with my natural curiosity, I have a healthy dose of skepticism. Especially if it appears on the internet. So, I was happy to find that I could use PayPal. PayPal is my friend when I do finally decide to make a purchase via the wide world web. If a site doesn't have PayPal, then I don't usually purchase from that site. Quirky me.
Anyway, back to the joe. I love the thought that I can treat a soldier to a cup of much needed coffee (and perhaps a small sense of home) and a note expressing my appreciation for what they are doing. Green Beans Coffee is located on many bases throughout the world, but especially on the front lines of service. It was important for me to know that my donation is actually making it to those who are really putting themselves in harm's way for my freedom.
A person can also buy coffee cards (just like a gift card) and designate a recipient on a particular base. How cool is that?! If I'd known about this site when The Calm One was deployed, I could have bought him a cup of coffee everyday he was away from me. And he could redeem the card at his convenience.
It's just a small, easy way to say thank you. There are many, many organizations that are helping soldiers far and wide. Please share the ones you know about in the comments section.
Counting it all joy,