Give Back To Our Service Men and Women!
Author: Shannon Miller
If you’re looking for a great way to give back to our service men and women, veterans and their families in the United States and abroad, check out these great options!
The Wounded Warrior Project
- To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
- To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
- To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
They’re ALWAYS looking for volunteers and donations.
Cellphones for Soldiers
- Turn your old cell phone into millions of minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas.
- Drop-off Locations can be found on their website.
- On the website you can also donate monetarily and by purchasing calling cards.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers, veterans and their families in the United States and abroad.
- A special P.O. Box address may be found at http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail.
- Cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 10.
Let’s Say Thanks
- The mission of Let’s Say Thanks is to provide a way for individuals across the country to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas.
- By submitting a message through their website you have the opportunity to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women.
This program is aimed at reminding them how much Americans appreciate their service.
Give 2 The Troops
Started in 2002 by Andi Grant, a Marine wife, concerned for the troops overseas without family and friends to provide support via letters and packages.
- The more troops who wrote back, the more packages were sent.
- Word about the care packages spread quickly amongst deployed troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Persian Gulf.
- Families contacted Andi asking if they could assist their loved ones, and they added those troops to their lists.
What started out as a personal project evolved into an ongoing community effort.
- More elementary schools, middle schools and universities joined them.
- People from other states began calling asking how they could help.
- Donations came in from all over the nation and even other countries!