Okay. So you've been here before...maybe Taking Chance Home was your first time here. You saw lots of plugs to help the Marines. Our Blog-a-thon for the Marines is over...for now. Of course, you can still support Spirit of America (I know I will).
A lot of you, and I mean A LOT, have emailed me for information about sending care packages to the troops. Some of you may not have really considered "taking care" of an unknown military person before so here's your chance to help.
Soldiers' Angels is a wonderful non-for-profit run by some of the best Americans around - military moms! There, you can adopt soldiers or whole platoons of soldiers, send care packages, emails. You name it. You can even help the wounded soldiers as they come back from overseas.
Soldiers' Angels and Spirit of America are not the only organizations out there that help our military.
Look into donating money to these two charities:
A. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation
The SOWF provides scholarships for the children of Special Operations soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have lost their lives (in training or combat). A few dollars would go a long way in providing for the children of those who have died defending America.
B. United Warrior Survivor Foundation
UWSF offers scholarship grants to surviving spouses, along with educational counseling, financial guidance, investment planning, and other programs.
Think about donating your unused frequent flyer miles for a soldier to visit his or her family. Check out Operation Hero Miles.
Operation Gratitude - another site where you can help send care packages to troops in Iraq.
Books For Soldiers - it's one more way to show troops that you care.
Operation AC - Commenter Retread reminds me to include this charity which sends 110v single phase air conditioners to our troops in Iraq. They also send medical supplies to the Combat Support Hospitals for both injured American Soldiers and for the staff, as well as care packages to our troops overseas.
Keystone Soldiers also takes care of soldiers by adoption, matching pen pals, or sending care packages.
And Adopt a Platoon - another source for adopting soldiers who don't have someone on the homefront.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, and their eligible family members and survivors, when in need. To do this, counseling, loans, grants, various services, and referral to other community resources are available. There are no fees for such help. The Society, operating in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, administers nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases around the world.
Whatever steps that you take to take care of our troops - no matter how large or small - will resonate beyond just one American soldier.
Someone that was referred by this site to Soldiers Angels also was responsible for donating their extra frequent flyer miles to bring a family to see their wounded soldier at Walter Reed. Just some simple actions made all the difference in the world.
So please think about supporting our troops. You can show that you care about their lives while they defend yours.