Thanks to the Parents Magazine and the Ronan family for mentioning “Adopt A US Soldier” in one of their articles! Here is the link to the information posted below: Parent Magazine Article Link
The Ronan Family
Millville, New Jersey
Birthday Boy Shawn, 5
Because Shawn is wild about everything military, his parents, Michelle and Shawn, were planning an army-themed party for his fifth birthday when Michelle stumbled across the website for Adopt A U.S. Soldier (AAUSS), a nonprofit that connects American troops overseas with volunteers who boost their spirits through letters, e-mails, and care packages. Michelle didn’t even get a chance to ask Shawn to forgo presents. The minute she told him about the program, he announced that he didn’t want any birthday gifts for himself. Instead, he asked his guests—all 100 of them—to bring a small item, such as socks, magazines, or DVDs, that he and his mom could mail to their newly matched soldier in Iraq, who would distribute the gifts among the platoon. Michelle incorporated the military theme into every detail. The party featured obstacle courses, water-balloon “target practice,” a craft table featuring yellow-ribbon cutouts, and a piñata in the shape of an army truck. And, when two U.S. soldiers—family friends who had recently returned from duty—showed up in full uniform to surprise Shawn and thank him for his donation, Michelle says Shawn was overcome with pride.