In an effort to help military children combat loneliness and isolation over the Christmas season, the American Bible Society is providing them with gift boxes filled with resources, including Bibles and family activities.
Due to soldier deployment this winter, many military families won’t be spending Christmas together. And while some military spouses and their children often make time to visit loved ones in the armed forces, the current plight of the world has rendered their reunion impossible.
Lisa, a military chaplain’s wife and mother of four who works with other military wives at McChord Air Force Base in Washington, said “military life is hard,” and people struggle with feeling “very alone,” especially over the holidays.
“Our friends are constantly moving, we’re constantly moving, and then not having the stability of family brings it to another level,” Lisa told The Christian Post. “It’s a hard lifestyle, where soldiers are often gone and moms and children are left to continue on life without them.”
As a result of the unfortunate circumstances, the American Bible Society’s Armed Services Ministry launched a program called “Hero Squad.” The goal is to honor service members by helping support their children and families during the holidays.
Through the use of donor commitments, the program provides four annual gift boxes to children with a parent serving in the military. The packages include an age-appropriate Bible, military-specific devotionals, mental health resources, and family activities among other items.
The Hero Squad gift boxes are sent out every three months to military families at no cost. The packages are divided into three categories according to age group: Eagle Squad (3-7), Junior Varsity (8-12), and Varsity (13 and older.)
Lisa said the materials will significantly help children struggling this Christmas season.
“We’re so excited for these resources that we can share through the Hero Squad with our neighbors and with our friends. We try to encourage people who are struggling and lonely to find their place in their love through God. He’s the one that’s going stay with us and sustain us, and never leave us,” Lisa emphasized.
Chaplains can recommend certain families for the Hero Squad program as well as order free military-centric Scripture resources for those in need.
Lisa added that the American Bible Society’s Armed Services Ministry is a huge help since it “allows us to get Bibles and devotionals into people’s hands and encourage them through the Scriptures.”
“It’s so important for us who are believers to help build community in this military world, and to connect women, children and families so that they have at least each other because we don’t have our typical families around,” she added.