I have had a brother in the Army, another brother in the Airforce (10+ years) and a brother currently serving in the National Guard, and My grandmpa’s brother died serving in WWII. Honoring and supporting the brave men and women serving our country definitely hits home for me.
I wanted to quickly highlight two great ways to support our troops:
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1. Support causes, efforts, and projects that benefit and bless those who are serving our country.
2. If you want to send a care package of your own, send items that are commonly items appreciated (listed at the end of this article).
Comforts From Home
This fall, Marie Callender’s has launched the Comforts From Home Project which brings the comforts of home to our military through donations to the USO2GO program, which sends kits filled with the “comforts of home” to our troops. Items included in these kits include games, athletic equipment, books and furnishings.
Since I love supporting our military and I also LOVE Marie Callender’s (anyone else a fan of those pot and dessert pies????), I decided it was a win-win to support this project.
Here’s how it works:
Simply enter the 8-digit code found on specialty marked boxes of Marie Callender’s dinners and desserts and a donation will be sent to USO2GO program. For every entry by 1/31/2015 of an 8-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO2GO program. Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000. Maximum donation: $250,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. Only.
Want to also send a care package of your own?
Here are some commonly appreciated items:
Downtime Activities: This could include small games, card games or even a kindle loaded with some great E-books.
Food: candies and treats, gum, energy bars, and other non-perishable snacks (especially ones that involve just adding water).
Drink: I’ve commonly heard that drink packets that can be added to water bottles are much appreciated!
Hygeine: Because a lot of what they do involves getting dirty, it can be fun to receive special hygiene products: creams (specifically vapor rub), lotions, chapstick and high-quality soap
Touch From Home: soldiers also love to get favorited items that remind them from home like their favorite BBQ sauce or seasonings.
Who do YOU know serving in the Military?