This week my granddaughters Kindergarten class collected boxes full of donations for Care Packages for the Troops and made up posters for everyone in the class honoring all of the servicemember in their lives.
If the kindergarten kids can do it so can you. Take a few minutes to look over this list and see what you can do to support our troops not only on Veterans Day but every day of the year.
Veterans Day 11/11/11
Help with Shelter - Homes for our Troops constructs houses for severely injured veterans who served after 9/11. Donate equipment or help build a home. homesforourtroops.org
They might need a Ride - The Disabled American Veterans provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own. You can volunenteer to drive a DAV van for those in need. dav.org/volunteers
Foster Care for their Pet - Take in the dog or cat of a deployed soldier or a wounded veteran while is or she is on duty or receiving VA treatment. guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org
History Project - Do you know an old soldier with tales from the front lines? The Library of Congress wants to hear their voice. Go to their website for tips on conducting an interview or to request a field kit which includes biographical data and release forms. loc.gov/vets
Get rid of that old Cell Phone - Instead of keeping those phones in the junk drawer, ship them to Cell Phones for Soldiers. For each one donated, the organization will pay for an hour of talk time for troops overseas. cellphonesforsoldiers.com
DVD's - Drop off old movies or television shows at your local VA facility, or mail them to DVDs4Vets, that distributes them where needed. dvds4vets.org
Clip those Coupons - Have some expired coupons lying around? Military families can use them for up to six months past their end date. coupsfortroops.com
Holiday Drives - Operation Gratitude annual campaign collects clothing, food and more and then packs it in gift boxes for service members. This is the program that Gary Sinese is involved in. operationgratitude.com/volunteer
Post a Care Package - Through the Kitchen Table Gang, hospitalized veterans and troops abroad can receive personalized parcels containing everything from candy to board games. Get a service members address from KTG, bundle up the items with a note of thanks and send them off. soldierpackages.org
Yellow Ribbons Group - Also sends care packages to soldiers. Either you can send items (check the wish list) or pick up a package and mail to soldiers boxed, addressed and ready to go. All you need to do is find the post office! yellowribbonsg.org
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - The organization has a special military mentoring program for children with parents in the armed services. The group carefully pairs kids with adults serving in the military as well as with veterans and civilians. bbbs.org
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