All of the beautiful, heartwarming commercials shown during this year’s “big game” (you know, the one where the Seahawks annihilated the Broncos), made me think more and more about honoring our troops. Last year I wrote a post called 20 Acts of Kindness that Support the Military, and perhaps it is time for us all to remember just how much they deserve our support.
Help Them Save
Fisher House: Fisher House Foundation uses donated frequent flyer miles to provide airline tickets to support wounded, injured, and ill service members who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center, attending authorized events, or receiving visits from family members. To donate your miles, go to: FisherHouse.org.
Treat Them Well
Girl Scouts: Every year, on every corner, there are girls who are selling cookies through the Girl Scouts. Did you know that you can buy those cookies and have them sent directly to the troops? This has become an annual tradition in our family. You can still support your friends and their daughters without bringing those addicting Thin Mints into your home! Just make sure that your troop is participating in the program.
Books for Soldiers: Helping to keep our troops occupied while traveling or in their down time, you can participate by going to BooksforSoldiers.com. You can even enter a forum to find out which books are being requested by our soldiers.
Troop Care Pack: There are several terrific organizations that will send out care packages to service members on your behalf. I personally love how TroopCarePack.com is organized by category, by price point, and allows you to send to members of any branch of service.
Keep Them Well
Jessica’s Hope Project: I had no idea that average deployed military individual loses 50 pounds of body weight per deployment. Jessica’s Hope Project sends wellness-oriented care packages to all branches to the military around the world. They provide protein bars, muscle milk and vitamin supplements to as many military individuals as possible. To learn more, go to JessicasHopeProject.org.
A Million Thanks: If you don’t personally know someone overseas, you can still show your appreciation by sending emails, cards and/or messages of support. You can also help to grant a wounded warrior’s wish. Just go to aMillionThanks.org to participate.
Give Them Memories
Operation Love Reunited: This fabulous organization provides free professional photography sessions and photo gifts to our military families dealing with a deployment. To help make this a reality for our service men and women as well as their families, go to OpLove.org.
Honor the Fallen
Snowball Express: Snowball Express brings together children of fallen soldiers for a four-day experience filled with activities such as sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more, to remind each child that he or she is special. They aim to give these children an opportunity to share their feelings with others who are going through the same grief and provide them with new happy memories as well. You can help too by going to SnowballExpress.org.
There are so many noble and amazing organizations that support our troops. This is just ten of them that I highlighted based on their mission and their structure. Please feel free to add more suggestions in the comments below!