Great ways to give back to our service men and women away from home this holiday.
Convenient giving options abound online:
adoptaplatoon.org | Support an entire platoon through letters, care packages and more.
cfsrf.org | The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a nonprofit that provides college grants and financial assistance to surviving family members of fallen soldiers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
give2thetroops.org | Find a list of requested items troops need from home, or find out how you can donate.
hugs4smilesusa.org | Adopt a troop and family, and send care packages and letters in support to both.
opchristmas.org | A nonprofit dedicated to creating happy holidays for children and families of fallen soldiers through donated Christmas gifts.
operationcareandcomfort.org | Volunteer program offering support and care packages to our troops every month until they are home.
operationmilitarypride.org | Help keep morale high with letters, care packages and more.
ourmilitary.mil | This U.S. Department of Defense website dedicated to our troops includes ways to send care packages, letters and cards, along with other ways to lend support and services to our military families.
The site’s holiday focus allows American families to send cards and letters to troops during the season. In addition, anyone can log on and donate money or get a list of recommended items to send in care packages. Costs vary, and all of the items, which are tax-deductible, can be purchased at the website or mailed to the company for distribution. The organization’s goal is to get a gift in every soldier’s hands. Visit soldiersangels.org for details.
Be a Care Package Sponsor
send a soldier a little piece of home by sponsoring an Operation USO Care Package. For $25, your personal message of support will accompany the package’s contents. Items needed include pre-paid phone cards, disposable cameras, toiletries, sunscreen and more. To sponsor a care package, call 877-USO-GIVE or visit usocares.org.
Holiday Mail for Heroes
Send a touch of home to American service men and women via the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Holiday Mail for Heroes effort. Throughout the season, the program will collect and distribute holiday cards to troops, veterans and families all around the globe. Participation is easy: all you need is a pen and a card. Holiday Mail for Heroes is a great group project for classrooms and other groups.
Mail cards to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. For a list of card guidelines, visit redcross.org/holidaymail.