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Critique Cafe writes short stories to include in our letters to soldiers. We hope it adds to our gratitude and gives them a small, interesting, and hopefully inspiring diversion. This is how it works:
1. We've chosen to send our letters to Operation Gratitude. There are many other organizations sponsoring soldier letters as well. Follow the guidelines for your chosen avenue.
2. We write a letter expressing our gratitude for their service, and include a little about ourselves. It's nice to describe our everyday life that we are free to live because of their sacrifice and many before them.
3. Then we include a very short poem or story written just for them. The content adheres to the same guidelines as required/suggested by Operation Gratitude.
4. We critique each others' stories in our meetings, polish them up and then gather everything for mailing.
This is a new project for our group. My brother-in-law, who just completed 20 years in the Air Force, thinks it's a great idea. "Anything to help them get their mind off things for a minute. Especially the deployed." We may not ever hear of the results, but hopefully "casting our bread upon the waters" will one day be found to have blessed those sticking their necks out for us.
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions or experience with something like this you'd like to share?