This Veteran’s Day, people are looking for ways to help our military, either in acts of service, donations, or lending their support in other ways. Here’s six different ways you may not have known about that you can help our military right now.
1. Give to help shelter a Vet
Homes for Our Troops helps construct homes to help severely injured veterans. You can donate your time, tools, money, or support their cause by purchasing their merchandise, for yourself or as a gift. HomesForOurTroops.org
2. Donate your old phones
What do you do with those phones that are broken, no longer work, or are out of date? Many places offer recycling programs, but here you can print out a shipping label, send it in, and the money goes towards calling cards for soldiers. cellphonesforsoldiers.com
3. Keep and send old, expired coupons
Overseas commissaries accept expired coupons up to six months old. Donate your old coupons to help a military family overseas save money! coupsfortroops.com
4. Send Care Packages & Letters for Troops & Their Families
Operation Gratitude sends over 100,000 packages to troops overseas, their families left at home, and to wounded vets seeking treatment. You can volunteer to help, send items to fill their packages, write letters to be sent, or much more. operationgratitude.com
Soldier Packages serves as the middle-man in giving you the current name and mailing address of a soldier in need of a care package currently serving overseas. soldierpackages.org
Holiday Mail for Heroes is a joint venture between the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, currently in their fifth year, collecting cards and letters to distribute to service members, veterans, and their families. Holiday Mail for Heroes
5. Support Children of Military Families
Operation Bigs is a program created by Big Brothers Big Sisters that helps mentor and support children of military soldiers that are deployable. Operation Bigs
6. Volunteer to Send Books to Soldiers
Books for Soldiers helps match volunteers to soldiers who request reading and entertainment materials, such as CDs, DVDs, etc. BooksforSoldiers.com
Have you ever volunteered to help before? What other sites and organizations do you know about and use?
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