I’ve a wide circle of friends who I admire wholeheartedly for the way they – pardon the pun – soldier on while their partner is posted abroad, but I’ve also seen first-hand the sadness that they try so hard to hide at difficult times like this, when the whole world is immersed in cosy family-focused chocolate-box ideals.
I’m not trying to put a guilt trip on anyone, just reminding them that Christmas is about remembering others and spreading joy – and I think that the touching idea of online greetings card retailer Card Town is the perfect way to express those thoughts. They have just launched a Facebook campaign reminding people to remember the true spirit of Christmas by sending thoughts of support to troops serving abroad this - and giving them the chance to raise funds for Help For Heroes at the same time – good huh!
Around 9,000 brave servicemen and women are currently stationed in Afghanistan. Basically, Card Town wants people to spare a thought and a few words of support to the troops via its Facebook page to remind them that they’re not forgotten, while the business will make a donation for every message received.
All you have to do is to head to Card Town’s Facebook page and leave a message of love, gratitude or appreciation, and wishing them a peaceful new year. Card Town will also donate 25p to the charity for every message posted, and the business is asking people to keep them brief so that as many messages as possible can be printed in a giant card measuring more than three feet by two feet.
The cut-off point for messages is 7pm on Monday December 10th.
So what are you waiting for?
Happy Christmas everyone