By Shannon Daugherty, ACS, FLMI
Have you every wanted to do something different than donate money to help our troops? It may be fun or more personal to send a package to our military men and women. Do you know what to send, or who to send it to? There are plenty of websites out there that specialize in sending things to the troops. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Please follow the directions on their website regarding specifically requested items and rules. Send packages to Support Our Troops, PO Box 70, Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070.
Ship items along with the donation form to: Operation Gratitude, Forward Operating Base, 21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.
You could also write a letter to our troops. If you don't know what to say, here is a flyer to get you started: https://www.operationgratitutde.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/LetterWritingFlyer-1.pdf.
Go to https://www.uso.org/take-action/ways-to-give. About halfway down the page, click on "Click Here to Shop the USO Wishbook" and you can select a gift by interest, recipient, or price. They have some very nice options, such as comfort food packages, family fun days, books for the bases, long-distance bedtime stories, or supporting a caregiver. These are specific packages the USO has put together for care and support to military families.
Again, there are plenty of websites out there that are helping people get involved. Additional ones to check out are: Homes for our Troops at www.hfotusa.org, Fisher House Foundation at www.fisherhouse.org, and Operation Homefront at www.operationhomefront.net.
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