MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Sandboxx connects military families by converting messages into letters.
Connecting our Military
Less than a hundred miles of California highway separate Patrick Bellor’s home in Orange County from his son James’ platoon at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. To the proud but wistful dad, it can feel like opposite ends of the earth.
During the 13-week initiation ritual that is boot camp, recruits like James forego the conveniences of an interconnected world—no calls, texts, chats, emails, posts—often creating a digital chasm.
“So close yet so far,” says Patrick, an IT manager for a large Southern California utility. “That can make it even more frustrating.”
According to Patrick, nothing has helped the Bellors close that distance more than Sandboxx, an iPhone app designed by veterans to support the 200,000 military families who at any given time are separated by training and deployment. The app helps loved ones create and send old-fashioned physical letters, simplifying the process of staying connected to a service member who is off the grid.