Coffee That Stays Warm for Four Years

He wrote, “I have no idea how we met.” Turns out that Alex* was looking through old emails and found some of ours. So he wanted to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving. I admit, I wasn’t sure either. So I did some digging and found out that I had sent him a cup of coffee when he was deployed through Cup of Joe in November. That would be November 2011.

I’ve “met” a lot of wonderful people through this program and even become good friends with a few. In fact, one of them has helped me tremendously and generously with this blog. He’s one of my go-to people for understanding and writing about PTSD. There are others I have bothered for help in different areas. All of them have been very giving with their time because they know I want to make sure what I share rings true.

So I thought that serving more of this special coffee would be a great way to pre-game today’s holiday meal.

What I wrote

Dear Servicemember,

Today is Thanksgiving and you are definitely on the list of people my family is grateful for. Thank you for all you do! Today is also my daughter Sofia’s 11th birthday. Because it always falls near or on the holiday, there’s always birthday cake. So when she was little she’d get confused and wish anyone she met a, “Happy Thanksgiving Day To You” to the tune of the Birthday song. When she was 3, we took her to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She asked if it was all for her birthday. Her Grandpa said, “Yes!” Lol, I said “Great. Now her parties are all downhill from here.” Well, I hope this coffee and note helps make your day a bit brighter. That, and knowing you are never forgotten.

Sincerely, Gina

How to serve

If you’d like to serve some of this amazing coffee yourself, go to Cup of Joe. I’ve spoken of them often, but the short version is: for $2 you can send a cup of coffee with a personal note to a deployed servicemember and there’s an option to be pen pals if you both want to. You can send as many as you want, or simply one.

Deployed troops enjoying Cup of Joe

Deployed troops enjoying Cup of Joe (photo credit: Green Beans Coffee, COJ)

And from my family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

*name changed for privacy

© Gina left the mall, 2015

7 thoughts on “Coffee That Stays Warm for Four Years

  1. As always, thanks for all you do! You are the one that helped me find me path to supporting our troops. My own personal story is that I was housebound caring for my 90+ year old mother-in-law who had Alzeimer’s. I was very depressed and feeling pretty sorry for myself. I found your blog and also a terrific music video produced by some Marines in Afghanistan. I thought, “If they can find a way to be joyful in their situation, then certainly I can do the same!” I’ve adopted some terrific service members over the years … Thanks to you. May you and Sophia have a great Thanksgiving and happy birthday to her!

    • Suzanne,
      Your own personal story is a beautiful one! I am truly honored and very touched to play a part it in. It’s funny how “giving” can result in “getting” —as in all we get back from doing for others. It’s also amazing how far the ripple effect can reach. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thank YOU for all you do!

  2. The good old COJ!!! I used to love getting those from you while I was deployed! Since our FOB was such a small outpost, I would save them until we ended up in Baghdad for one reason or another, mission purpose, supply, fuel stop or check point while enroute to some random village or objective…. anyway, got sidea tracked, LOL! Then I would try drink as many as I could stand before we had roll out again!!! I really enjoyed this one too. Articles like this remind me of when and how we met and the lasting friendship we have held ever since! Please tell Sofia HAPPY BIRTHDAY for me! And a happy Thanksgiving to you & Scott and all of your family’s!

    • I couldn’t wait for you to see this one 🙂 I never expected when I sent those coffees all that I’d get in return! Lol, I never knew how you had to drink them. You must’ve been very alert every time you left COJ!

      Roach, our friendship means a lot to me and I’m grateful for all of your help over the years. I will give my family your warm wishes and I send the same back to you and your family ❤

    • Hi Roach, my name is Kyndal. I saw that you were in the military. I am a big fan and a big supporter and prayer warrior of the brave men and women in uniform!! Hey Roach, hope you won’t mind if I tell you this. I would just like to tell you “Thank You” for your wonderful service to our country, your service to our country is very much appreciated!

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