The holidays will soon be upon us, allowing the perfect opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, and how we can give back to our community, in particular military families and veterans.
Military families often face a number of challenges that civilian families are not accustomed to, including long deployments with little to no contact at times, tight budgets, frequent moves, higher rates of unemployment, and coping with returning soldiers who must re-acclimate to civilian life. As such, Americans are eager to show their appreciation and support for military families this holiday season by making charitable donations.
Like many Americans, you may be eager to show your support but are unsure of how to go about doing so. Luckily, helping military families and veterans is easier than ever. There are a number of local charities that make helping military families convenient for donors. Here’s how.
“Adopt” a military family
Perhaps one of the most popular ways to get into the Christmas spirit is to help another family make their Christmas a special one. Many organizations that help military families allow you to “adopt” a military family in your community, and purchase or donate items on their Christmas wish list. Items may range from non-perishable foods, clothing donations, or gifts for children.
Send a care package
Sending a care package to a solider is another easy and popular way of helping military families. You don’t have to personally know a soldier in the armed forces to do so. Simply check with organizations in your area to find out how. Items typically include cards or thank you notes, socks, toiletries, and other comforts of home.
Say thank you
Often times, the simplest of gestures speak volumes. Buy a military family a dinner, or purchase a cup of coffee for a veteran. It’s a simple of way of extending your gratitude, but is sure to make a big impact.
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