Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Thursday, July 24, 2008

How It All Turned Out

by Julie Coulter Bellon

Giving. Patriotic. Supportive. Amazing.

Those are the only words I can think of to describe the people who have supported and donated to my Skittles for Soldiers drive. The response was overwhelmingly positive and much, much more than I ever expected.

Here is what we started with: a decorated box. I personally took one of these to all twenty Seagull stores and explained what we were asking.

I signed books all week and met Seagull store managers and store employees and I saw how much time and effort they spent helping me get the word out about the drive. It was so fun meeting them all (I definitely want to do a blog on the funny and amazing people you meet during booksignings!). But one of the best things that happened was being able to talk with the Vietnam veterans, current military men, and families with loved ones currently serving over in Iraq who came to see me. I was lucky enough to be able to hear about their experiences and what something from home truly means to them. I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.

After the booksignings were over, here is a picture of my family room, as we were beginning to sort through the food and other items after we first picked it up.

As you can see, almost all of my family room is packed with food and hygiene items. We even had to make a little path to walk in the room!

It took a long time and a couple of late nights to sort through everything, but we finally managed to do it! (Thanks to my husband and daughter!)

Here is a nice picture of everything sorted. It truly touched and amazed me how much love and concern was displayed for our troops.

I will be shipping these items to Operation: Care and Comfort in California and they seem to be as excited as I am for our success. It definitely turned into something larger than I imagined, but I can’t tell you how much it’s meant to me.

Thank you to everyone who helped with Skittles for Soldiers. You made this go as smoothly as a packet of Smoothie Skittles. There was hardly anything sour about it, at least not as sour as Sour Skittles. And you all have become like my favorite pack of Skittles---Berry. Because I love you berry much. Or, you could just say that you are the original, because who can truly improve on the original Skittles? (Corny I know, but what can I say? *grin*)

P.S. Happy Pioneer Day! Perhaps I should have blogged about all my pioneer ancestors and how incredible pioneers were. And I could have included all the reasons why I would make a horrible pioneer. Oh well. Next year for sure.


At 7/24/2008 2:12 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Oh wow...that's just incredible. I can't imagine how good it must feel to be doing something that touches so many lives. The lives of those giving, those receiving, those passing the gifts along, and people like us who get to read and be inspired by you.

At 7/24/2008 3:06 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

There's also a promotional Chocolate Skittles out there (S'mores!) but I have to say that it sounds better than it tastes.

Nice pictures, lots of detail. I see you have a Wii. =) I'm curious about the glowing arrow on the fireplace - is that the flash reflecting off something else, or is it a mouse pointer somehow. Why am I looking at this stuff? ;)

At 7/24/2008 4:11 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Kimberly, thank you. You are so sweet to me.

Jon, I'm not sure what you are seeing as a glowing arrow. What general area are you looking in?

At 7/24/2008 4:37 PM, Blogger J Scott Savage said...

It's right above the picture of Christ on the mantle. And the reason Jon noticed is because he is a geek. A very nice geek. But a geek nonetheless.

At 7/24/2008 6:08 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Jon and Jeff, I never even noticed that. I should just let you all go on thinking I have a glowing arrow on the mantle of my fireplace. It's much more mysterious and cool than what it really is. ;)

At 7/24/2008 6:14 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

Guilty as charged, Jeff. =)

Clearly the arrow is a sign from God. It almost seems to say, "This is my Son. Look at Him."

(Too much?)

At 7/24/2008 6:19 PM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm glad you had such a great response, Julie!

At 7/24/2008 6:40 PM, Blogger Alison Palmer said...

Congrats, Julie! I'm so glad it was a success. You're an awesome woman.

At 7/24/2008 6:55 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Pretty impressive stash - Way to go!
Trust the guys to over look it all and zero in on the electronics...

At 7/26/2008 5:48 PM, Blogger Just_Me said...

On behalf of the troops and their families, thank you. Soldiers love candy!

And.... sour skittles are the best.


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