Many people are looking for ways to honor our troops and veterans, especially during Memorial Day, Labor Day, but everyday, especially. If you’re one of these people, there are many ways that you can get involved. From donating unused items to making homemade items, there are so many ways to thank our troops and soldiers, as well as their families, for all of the sacrifices that they are making for our country. It’s also a great way to teach your children about giving back and supporting our troops. Here are several easy ways that you can go about supporting troops.
Send Care Packages
One of the easiest and most thoughtful ways of supporting our troops is to put together a care package and send it out. You could send just one, or you could commit to sending a few each and every month to really support. Popular items to include in care packages are non-perishable food items such as beef jerky, oatmeal, ramen noodles, granola bars, crackers, cans of tuna, instant coffee and creamer. Non-food items that troops love to receive are things to help cure boredom such as playing cards, crossword puzzles, and handheld electronic games. Other essential items that are nice to include in care packages are toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, disposable razors, wet wipes, deodorant, shampoo, sunscreen, and foot powder. There are so many helpful items that you can include in your care package and you can really get creative. There are plenty of nonprofits that can help you get your package sent.
Donations are a great way to support troops. You can donate old cell phones or ipods that you are no longer using. You can also donate calling cards and gift cards. Troops that are overseas are always happy to receive prepaid calling cards so that they can talk to their families back home. You can also donate batteries and envelopes, as these items are essential to deployed troops. You can go about donating these items through local military charities and nonprofits.
If you’re anything like me, you probably spend all of your time in front of the television watching hulu or behind your computer screen playing on pokerstarscasino. If this is true, you have all the time in the world to get out and volunteer for a good cause. Around Memorial Day, you can volunteer to go place flags on the graves of fallen soldiers. You can also volunteer to give out care packages to veterans. If you contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization or American Legion, they can assist you and get you all set up with ways and places that you can go to volunteer your time to help our veterans and soldiers.
Reach out to military families
Military families are often going through it, and would love a friend. Reach out if you know of a military family and invite them over for dinner. If you don’t want to do that, you could offer to run an errand for them, invite them to a coffee shop, or just to simply go on a walk around your neighborhood. Get to know them and find out if there’s anything you can help them with. Sometimes life can be a little stressful for families of deployed soldiers. If there’s anything you can do to take a little extra off of their plate, definitely do so. It could be simple gestures such as picking up a few groceries for them, cutting their grass, or helping take out the garbage. Just let them know that they’re not alone and if they need a friend, you’re there. This is a great way of giving back to the troops who can’t be there for their own families.
Write a letter
Writing a letter seems like a no brainer, but many people skip over this one. Write a letter to deployed troops and tell them how much you appreciate their service. Troops love reading letters from civilians, and even though you’re a stranger to them, they are still very thankful and it truly makes it that much more special. Tell them about your day, random stories, or something you’re going through in life. Reading your letter can take their mind off of whatever it is they’re going through at the moment and that can make all the difference in the world. If you have children or younger siblings, get them to draw pictures and include it with your letter. Handmade drawings can really put a smile on a soldier’s face. It’s a great opportunity for a child to really feel like they’re making a difference, and it doesn’t take much time or cost much to mail off a letter. If you’d like, you could send the letter to an organization such as SKIP, and they will send the letter to a soldier for you.