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Friday Finds – Friday Feature…

April 17, 2009

A new feature – Friday Feature (we aren’t sure of the name yet, any suggestions?)  We will be highlighting some of the less well known groups that support the troops.  We all know Soldiers Angels and the superb work they do and have done since Patty set it up – Sew Much Comfort’s sterling work that has resulted in the Army actually starting to make adaptive uniforms!  But there are dozens of little sites, groups that work hard to make a difference to deployed troops, to their families and veterans.  Those are the ones we’d like to highlight.  If you have a group you would like us to highlight – please  let us know, put a link in the comments and we’ll check it out!  So – with a drum roll please –


My husband emailed me about this group. He loves music – plays guitar, is trying to learn the bagpipes (oh, the dog LOVED that one… howled in a descant!) and the mandolin, plays harmonica… and when he saw Operation Happy Note, he was intrigued. Then he saw – they are from Fergus Falls Minnesota, so there’s a “home state” connection for us. 

The Baker’s, from Fergus Falls MN sent their son and a friend of his guitars when they were deployed in 2005. Since then, they set up Operation Happy Note, and have been sending all kinds of instruments, guitars, violins, banjos, mandolins, harmonicas to deployed troops. They have help from manufacturers, but the shipping costs – are up to OHN and can be quite high (as you and I know from sending our care packages!) It’s hard to know that there are instruments waiting to be sent to someone who could use that escape that can be found in making music, because of postage!

So for that reason, if you are feeling in the giving mood – think about Operation Happy Note.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2009 3:22 pm

    Thanks for doing this LAW!
    I just went over and ponied up my share… I think this is SO great and I am so happy you are spotlighting these groups!

  2. Jessica permalink
    April 19, 2009 4:22 am

    So, I saw this post yesterday and thought it was really neat that there is a program like this. Then today, I saw a related post on another blog. I thought you might be interested:

    “At first glance, the question reader Timothy Weston posted January 20 looked like hundreds of other similar questions we get on How do I find my first violin, on a budget? How can I learn to play, with no access to a teacher? How might the weather where I live affect the violin?

    Except this was different. The weather he was talking about: extreme temperatures and humidity, plus sand. Lots of sand. You see, what U.S. soldier Timothy Weston was really asking was: ‘How can I get started on the violin, in the middle of a war zone?'”

    The rest of this blog entry can be read at

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