This time of year, we all want to give back to our community. Often times, people want to help members of the military and their families, but aren’t sure how. Maybe they don’t know anyone in the military or don’t live near a base. There is a list of ways to give back below, everything from donating your time, your money, or simply making a purchase.
There are always organizations in need of volunteers. There are links to a number of sites listed below.
Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
National Military Family Association
Wreaths Across America
- Adopt a Deployed Soldier
Or a Marine/Sailor/Airman. The Adopt a Solider website will give you information on deployed units and let you know what they are in need of, so it’s easy to send them care packages.
- Invite Them Over For Holiday Meals
For single service members, the holidays can be lonely. If they are far from home and don’t have the ability to go home, they are often times left with few options for celebrating. If you are near a base, contact your local installation’s MWR and see if they have any programs to connect you. It might be a good idea to invite a couple over, so it’s not quite as awkward.
- Donate Care Packages
War Foodie is a subscription service that sends items you select to someone overseas. You can choose to donate a care package if you don’t know anyone in the military.
- Community Coffee Military Match Program
Community Coffee has a Military Match Program. All you have to do is buy four of the Military Match Set of four 12 oz., 16 oz., or Single-Serve 18 ct. coffees and you’ll get four free. They’ll take the free ones, match it and send all eight overseas to an address you provide.
- Monetary Donations
Operation Homefront has a list of current needs on their website, so you are able to pick and choose something that is important to you. Current needs include helping wounded veterans and providing food for the holidays. I personally would recommend donating to the Semper Fi Fund or the America’s Fund. I have seen first hand what they do for wounded Marines, Soliders, and Sailors. There is also a huge list of charities here.
- Toy Donations
Toys for Tots is run by the Marine Corps Reserve. Their toys go to all children in need. There are organizations that provide toys for the children of military families in need and children of wounded warriors. I can only find examples of local organizations, but with a little searching, you might be able to find something in your area.
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