This post showed up in my Facebook newsfeed. I know my blog does not reach many people, but it does reach people in every corner of the world. Below is the complete post by Facebook user Terri Elliott Pine. The title below is also a link to the original post.
PLEASE SHARE THIS EVERY WHERE!!
Looking for who sent this toy to Afghanistan and trying to get it back home!! This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said:
“Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad)
I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.
You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol. I’d like find that kid and return her friend to her with the good news. I wanted to but I lost the box it came in (with the return address) accidentally got taken out to the burn pit before I could write it down. My only hope is for this post to go insanely viral and her hear about it and that he did his job, which was helping me do mine.