Charitable resources for saying thanks to service members

Charitable resources for saying thanks to service members

by: Kim Suchek
Stripes Guam
published: December 01, 2012
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Hello Military community,
First I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving Day; I understand how hard it can be when you are not able to share it with your loved ones. For those of you that are away from home, my family and I thank you for your service and your families sacrifice.
In keeping with the holiday season, I would like to share some organizations that can help facilitate assistance and donations for military families. These are a few of my favorites that can provide assistance in your desire to give.
Soldiers Angels: “May no soldier go unloved” is the motivation behind Soldiers Angels. These volunteers work to show care and concern for veterans, the wounded, deployed and their families. Soldiers Angels provides care packages and letters to service members, First Response Backpacks to wounded service members directly at the combat support hospitals overseas and stateside.
Soldiers Angels will provide emergency aid to military families in need and have partnered with the Department of Defense to provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptops to over 6,000+ severely wounded service members, as well as other technology that supports rehabilitation.
Soldiers Angels have provided flights to service members on leave or in emergency situations, and to their families wanting to be with them upon return from overseas; they work daily to provide assistance and honor military families of those who paid the ultimate price for freedom and safety. You can visit their website at: soldiersangels.org
Wish for Our Heroes: Grants wishes for active duty soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and their families. The foundation strives to relieve the burdens of family separation, re-integration for deployed service members, hardship circumstances, and other means of assistance not covered by existing charities. They do not assist in bill payments or other financial obligations. See their website for examples of what this organization strives to assist military families with. www.wishforourheroes.org
Adopt-A-Platoon: Register to send service members care packages, letters, etc. (See next week’s article for details on items to send). adoptasoldierplatoon.org
America’s Adopt-A-Soldier: There mission is to make a difference in the lives of veterans, service members and their families. This is accomplished through strategic community-corporate partnerships, outreach to generous donors and the assistance of thousands of nationwide “grassroots” volunteers giving back.
The volunteers establish local America’s Adopt-A-Soldier chapters, which will raise public awareness by hosting packing events, raising funds for postage and event support, collecting-packing-shipping packages. They will also give back by sponsoring local and national events that focus on service members, veterans and their families.www.americasadoptasoldier.org
Any Soldier Inc.: Started as a way for parents to send care packages to their service members in Iraq. Support for the effort grew rapidly, and Any Soldier Inc. became a non-profit organization in 2003 to assist deployed service members all over the world. www.anysoldier.com
Operation: Care and Comfort: Offers support in three ways: sending care packages, tickets to special events, parks and concerts, and by “adopting” a service member. www.occ-usa.org
Thanks-a-Bunch: The mission of this organization is to help the community say “thank you” to military service members or their family through the purchase of gift cards. www.thanksabunch.org
Plus do not forget your local VFW’s (Ladies Auxiliary) and American Legions. They will assist military families with donations and care packages for service members overseas by helping to collect items and post packages.
Blessings from my family to yours,

Kim Suchek
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