March 25, 2003

S is for Support

Things you can do to help...

Operation Uplink donates phone cards to soldiers overseas so that they can call home (when they can find a phone). Just hearing a voice from home can go a long way in morale.

The USO is sending care packages. If you don't know a soldier over there and want to send something, this would be a great way to help them out. You could also find out about donating things like baby wipes and the like to local USO organizations.

Operation Dear Abby is allowing people to send greetings through email. It doesn't look like you can direct this towards a specific person or unit, but just letting a soldier know that you care would be nice.

Books for Soldiers is a great idea people. I'm sure you all know how I feel about reading anyway, and knowing that thousands of books can be on their way is a good thing. Sure, they may not have a lot of time to read right now, but eventually they will.

NetPets is helping by taking care of pets for military (or those associated with the military) while deployed. If you can't take a pet in yourself, you can make a donation.

TROOPtrax is trying to send used CDs to the troops overseas. I love the idea!

Military Relief Societies:
Navy / Marines
Air Force
Coast Guard

The Red Cross assists many military families during times of crisis. If you have an emergency and MUST reach the solider, this is the only way to do it. It works, btw. They got me home in about 24 hours from Germany when my mother was dying.

Tell someone you know in the military thank you. Let them know that you appreciate the hard work and long hours they put in, even if they aren't out on the front lines. Don't forget that we still have soldiers in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia and other assorted remote assignments all over the world.

PS - If you know of any other support organizations that I can link to, please drop me a line so that I can get it posted.

Posted by rowEn at 08:20 AM | Comments (2746)