I found this story on Foxnews.com. Starting on December 8 this showcases 12 ideas for giving this Christmas season. Many involve the troops, their families, wounded warriors and veterans. I know I am a little late, but better late than never.
Day 12. Send a video message to the troops.
Ed Deet, owner of Video View Productions started this service for a friend who wanted to send a video to a buddy serving in Iraq. Go here to send a video.
Day 11. Offer comfort and support to families of fallen military.
TAPS, Tragedy assistance Program for Survivors helps families after the loss of their military loved one. Go here to find out how to donate to TAPS.
Day 10. Helping care for military wounded in battle.
Wounded Warriors Project help the wounded military with rehabilitation. The foundation helps military learn to ski amoung other things. Visit Wounded Warriors to help troops with rehabilitation.
Day 9. Help build a home for a military member wounded in combat.
Homes for Troops is a relatively new charity that build “compatible homes” for wounded troops. It is important for a soldier with disabilities to have a home that will make life easier. To find out how you can help go here.
Day 8. Help build goodwill between troops and Iraqis.
Spirit of American give tools, books and cameras to the troop to help build goodwill and relationships with the Iraqi people. Visit Spirit of America to see how you can donate.
Day 7. Purchase two books that benefit cancer research.
“Why I Wore Lipstick” was written by Geralyn Lucas to share her story about surviving cancer.
“Robert’s Snow” was written by Grace Lin for her husband, Robert Mercer after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Day 6. Buy presents with a purpose.
Go to Presents with a Purpose and buy gifts that donate 25% of the sales to the charity that the customer can pick. This organization has donated over $40,000 to charities.
Day 5. Support women rebuilding their lives in war torn countries.
Women for Women helps women overcome the devastating effects of was by giving them tools to allow them to make a difference in their lives and their communities.
Day 4. Help families of fallen troops.
Jonathan Durand, a freelance artist from Michigan has designed a print called “Home of the Free,” as tribute to our soldiers in Iraq. He’s donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his print to military families who’ve had their loved ones killed or wounded in Iraq.
To order send $10.00 plus $3.00 for shipping to following address:
Home of the Brave LLC.
P.O. Box 12
Clawson, MI 48017
Day 3. Give gift baskets to seniors and disabled children.
Volunteers of America assembled hundreds of gift baskets for homebound seniors in the Denver area.
Replay for Kids collects toys and then repair and adapt toys for children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio.
Volunteers of America
2660 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
For more information, call (303) 297-0408
RePlay for Kids
600 W. Sturbridge Drive
Medina, OH 44256
For more information, call (866) 973-7529
Day 2. Keep our deployed troops connected with their families at home.
Connecting Our Troops Campaign send phone cards to U.S. troops overseas.
To donate to the Connecting Our Troops Campaign — send checks payable to AT&T to the following address:
WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation
295 Main Street, Room 832
Ellicott Square Building
Buffalo, NY 14203
For more information, call 716-852-0375.
Send care packages to the troops overseas.
There is nothing better than receiving a package from home. I know because I just spoke to my deployed son and he was thrilled to get his Christmas package, Here is a list of organization that send care packages to our troops.
Packed with Pride
Like I said before not everything listed here is for troops but helping cancer victims (I know as my granddaughter, Butterfly survived cancer) or helping seniors, (my parents are seniors) I believe giving is part of the Christmas season. When you give, you receive so much in return.