name is Louise Downs. I, with the help of a very special (and always
growing!) group of kind-hearted Americans mail "Miracle Boxes," to our
Troops serving overseas. These are care packages that contain
a variety of needed items, as well as words of encouragement, hope and
love. We also add extra items to share and pass out the native people
of the countries that our Troops are stationed in, and throwing in some
"fun stuff" or school supplies to give to the children.
other words we show our Troops they are not forgotten in deeds, not
just words. Changing our world, one box at a time... Making a
difference one box at a time!!
"And of some have
compassion, making a difference..."
Make a Difference!
The Desert Angel is a faith ministry, meaning we are a strictly volunteer organization, funded totally by
donations. We have no outside funding and an all-volunteer staff. Your generosity and support is so appreciated. Whatever you can give makes such a
have been doing this ministry since October 2001. My friend, Brenda
Lunsford, her son, Charles Lunsford, (US Air Force) was serving in the
sandbox/desert. It was some very primitive conditions and very HOT...
Making an air base, one sandbag at a time, with full gear and weapons
on their backs...
fall I invite the "Young Adults" from my church Walton Blvd. Church of
God, Pontiac, Michigan out to my house for hay rides, food and fun, my
treat... I wanted that group, the very same age of many of our
soldiers, to give back in some way... to show compassion. So, I asked
them to make goodies, and write letters and cards to send to our Troops
- this is how and why I started sending packages... Yes, it keeps
growing and growing... because deep down inside, The
American People DO want to make a difference.
People sincerely want to show their love and support, and I am very
happy to help give that desire some direction. Packing Miracle boxes is
simple way to reach out, but it does make such a BIG difference!
in any way? Probably not... Just a simple demonstrations of the Love of
God, multiplying over and over and over - making a difference, one box
at a time. Making a difference in the sender and the receiver and
sharer, (because the Troops share whatever we send).
How many boxes?
asks me this. I have now been doing this since 2001, so
it has been thousands of boxes, but I really do not keep track. The
number of boxes is not nearly as important as the number of hearts we
touch. To quote from Col. Joe at Brooks Army Medical Center, "You are
more visible than you can possibly know." (Col. Joe served at the
Baghdad Support Hospital in 2003 and in 2006).
have a few contacts, you just need a few, that way you can keep track
of when they are rotated back home, then they "pass the torch" on to
the next soldier, when he gets to the sandbox. You see, our Troops are
a team and they share the wealth of each box they receive.
Kind-hearted generosity and Word of mouth is how
"The Desert Angel" keeps going. Americans are good hearted
people... They really want to do something to support our Troops,
just show how.