My brother is stationed in Iraq for a year. He's away from his wife and two kids. A seriously suckey time for him. I've been sending him small packages about once a month in an effort to keep him in good spirits. In addition to cookies and other small gifts I've tried to include one hand made item to let him know I spent some time on something. The last shipment I included a small knitted square swatch. (I make them from time to time to use as coasters.) To my surprise, he told all his other office workers and instead of being ragged on they thought it was neat he had a brother who knitted. Of course, they also asked him if I was gay, in a curious way not a negative way, but we won't go any further down that path.
Since they didn't harass him too much, I made all of them one as well. I plan on sending them with the next shipment. They're just little swatches that take less than an hour to knit up, but maybe they'll cheer someone up.
It would be nice to start a program to knit up things and send to troops over there, but being they are in a desert I'm not sure what we could send they could use. Suggestions?