click on the hyperlink for more information
has volunteer airmen, soldiers, marines and sailors in Iraq and
Afghanistan who will accept packages addressed to them and will then
distribute the needed items to the troops in their area. Each participant
has listed the items they need - most are toiletries, current reading
materials, clothing items, etc. But most importantly, letters of support
are very much appreciated.
Appreciate our troops mugs Use this
link if you are a commander and wish to sign up for your group.
link if you are an individual.
Armed Forces relief
trust. With the continued war on terror and a prolonged
engagement in Iraq, many of the men and women serving our country are
facing personal and financial hardships. Family budgets are strained and
those who remain at home face a mounting workload. With the generous
support of the National Association of Broadcasters, the four Military
Aid Societies — Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief, Coast
Guard Mutual Assistance, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society — have
come together to address these escalating needs by creating The Armed
Forces Relief Trust — a single, non-profit fund to better collect and
disburse donations in support of the troops and their families in
need. Visit the website for more information.
Quilts. The mission of The Army Baby Quilt Project is to give
baby quilts to Army mothers who have given birth while their husbands and
partners are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Books For Soldiers
is a soldier support site that ships books, DVDs and supplies to deployed
soliders and soldiers in VA hospitals, via a large volunteer network. If
you have old, but usuable paperback books sitting around, collecting dust, why
not send them to a solider for a big morale boost? Many of our volunteers have
received email and letters from the soldiers they have adopted. Help us
out, help the troops out, mail them your books.
Blue Star Moms - Airline
discounts and low airfare guarantees
Blue Star Mothers of Piedmont and Lakeland Areas in South Carolina
supports our troops with helping with deployment ceremonies, helped plan
homecoming for returning soldiers from war, we are there if it is 1
soldier or if it is 2000 soldiers, we send care packages, we offer
support to family and friends of soldiers. We also attend the funeral of
fallen soldiers to show our support to the families who's Blue Star
saddenly turned to a Gold Star. We are all volunteers working to support
our soldiers. No one gets paid. It is all non profit.
The pictures attached are of a couple of events that we have
participated in. Our Adj.General Spears here in SC and several of our
other Generals are very much aware of our work for the military as well
as our VFW's, Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce, County Councils,
Representatives, Gov. and many more organizations. Click on the
thumbnails below to see the pictures up close.
The soldiers and families mid east resource. A not-for-profit website that serves to inform service
members who are deploying to the Middle East, as well as their families,
supporters, and the general community. Our website includes a lot of
useful information, which is split into different section. The soldiers
section, for example, includes information and downloads about deploying
to Iraq and Kuwait, what to expect from deployment, and even a way to
email a question about deploying to "Sarge". The website also
provides a tribute page for those who were killed in the service, lots of
links, helpful information, message forums, and an interactive group. We
also strive to provide supporters with a way to let deployed troops know
they care through email, mail, and care packages.
Free Software. The U.S. Army has a
contract with both Norton/Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro, which allows
soldiers to download and install Norton/Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro
Antivirus, Firewalls, and other system security software that they sell
to corporations. These are the full corporate versions of their software.
This software is available to soldiers completely free, provided they
have access to their Army Web account. All a soldier has to do, is log on
to the web, go to their AKO (Army Knowledge Online; http://www.us.army.mil/
) account, log in, and click on Antivirus Services (on the left of the
Army Website Portal for AKO). This then takes them to the links where
they can download the appropriate software that they want.
Special Greetings & Gifts for Childen of Deployed Military Service
from the Homefront - Send a $10 or $20 personalized gift
certificate that military men and women can use just like cash to buy
personal comfort items specific to their own needs like toiletries, food,
CDs, DVDs, electronic games, and much more. You can choose to have the
gift certificate mailed directly to a specific service member or donate
to any service member or unit. AAFES has over 56 post exchange stores
near the battle front and throughout southwest Asia in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
our Troops Call Home - Help deployed troops call home for the
holidays from one of AAFES 60 call centers in Operations Iraqi and
Enduring Freedom. A phone call home can bring peace of mind to deployed
men and women. AAFES makes it easy for any American to help families ease
the burden of phone bills from Iraq, Afghanistan or any other overseas
forward-deployed location by offering the lowest per-minute calling rates
with more talk time than any other international calling card. Donate a
telephone calling card to troops today to help them stay connected from
the front lines to the homefront.
Hero Miles - free air
travel for Emergency Leave, and for the family members of injured
soldiers to travel to Medical facility.
Keystone Soldiers An
interactive site to aid in the communication between deployed soldiers
and their families as well as for the public to show their support for
our troops. It is very easy to say we support our troops, it is another
thing to show you support them.
Operation AC is
the nation's leader in delivering air conditioners, heaters, boots,
shaving kits, socks & gloves into the hands of deployed troops.
homelink. Free refurbished computers for spouses or parents of
deployed soldier in ranks E1 – E5.
Quiet Comfort. We provide quilts and other needed items to wounded
troops. We have contacts in the field where we send items to the field
hospitals and medical units, to be used by the wounded and their
caregivers. Support for the troops when it counts!
ShoeBox - shoeboxes full of goodies for servicemembers
Operation Top Knot
supports military families who are expecting a new baby during a
deployment. We send baby shower gifts of quilts, knitted blankets,
clothing, bottles, diapers etc. I have several talented quilters on my
team, but the number of babies expected is far greater than the # of
volunteers. Please contact us if you can help!
Project Lifting Spirits has been providing blankets, games, books,
CD’s DVD’s, notes of encouragement, etc. to our wounded service members
primarily at the VA Hospital and The Eisenhower Hospital at Fort Gordon
in the Augusta , GA area. These items are provided to our wounded service
members as small tokens of appreciation to let them know that they serve
a grateful nation.
Quilts of Valor for our wounded
soldiers. Visit the website for more information.
Soldiers makes quilts for wounded soldiers/marines. This project
unites quilt-toppers with long-armers on a one-to-one basis to make
Valor". My role is one of a traffic cop. Once the top is quilted, it is
bound, labeled and sent to a chaplain at one of the Army medical centers
where they then distribute them. Occasionally, we send a QOV directly to
a wounded soldier who has been discharged from the hospital. These QOV's
are lap sized (minimum size 50x60) and made to be used as such. These
QOV's are not heirlooms now, but, I suspect that they WILL be in the
future. Please visit the website
for more information.
QUILTS NEEDED FOR RETURNING WOUNDED SOLDIERS FROM IRAQ
- Due to the escalation of hostilities, approximately 40 to 48
wounded soldiers are coming back almost daily. A Waldorf MD guild has
been trying to proved a quilt for each wounded service member but has not
been able to keep up with the demand. If you would like to help,
you can make a quilt no smaller than 36" by 36"
(wheelchair size) or lap size (for stretchers) and preferably red, white
and blue in any design. Completed quilts should be sent to: Barbara
Green, Station Manager American Red Cross, 3rd floor Walter Reed Army
Medical Ctr 6900 Georgia Av, NW Washington, DC 20307
does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By
law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing
more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of
being called up. Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in
salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and
bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two
years. Let's say thank you to Sears!
"Operation AC Package" enables our military personnel to have the
best and most sophisticated sock and glove/liners available. Normally retailing for $48.90, this package includes two pair of Coolmax® liners, one
pair of the "All-Weather" wool boot socks and one pair of the wool/Coolmax®
lined glove/liners and shipping for a donation of $25.
the Top Quilt Project. This group is making handmade quilts for
various veteran's shelters and veteran's charities to keep the memory of
a young soldier killed in action in Afghanistan alive.
USO The USO also runs a program for deployed troops to call home.
"Operation Phone Home," uses donations to buy international
phone cards in bulk for distribution to deployed troops. A general
donation to the USO supports, in part, USO centers worldwide that offer
free Internet and e-mail, as well as a place to just hang out during down
time. The newest center is set to open in Afghanistan shortly.
Treat the Troops - homebaked
Tribute to the Troops.
Tribute to the Troops is an organization of quilters making quilts for
our deployed military. The project was founded by Lori Shelton of
Mesquite, Texas. When her brother-in-law was deployed to Baghdad, Lori
sent some small star blocks made with muslin to him for his buddies to
sign for a quilt. The response from the soldiers was very positive and
her brother-in-law jokingly asked her to send 1,000 quilts for the other
soldiers. Lori took on the challenge and designed a mini quilt. The mini
quilts are shipped to our deployed military in Afghanistan and Iraq. The
soldiers use them as autograph quilts for their service buddies to sign
as a keepsake of their service together. Since the beginning of this
year, project: Tribute to the Troops has also made lap quilts that are
going to several hospitals in the States and abroad that are caring for
our wounded soldiers. Many of the supplies for these quilts have been
donated by individuals as well as manufacturers. Our greatest need at
this point is to have quilters to put the quilts together. If your guild
or sewing organization is interested in helping, please contact Lori
Here is a list of items much appreciated
by our men and women in
Click here for this list in a
Word document. If you do not have Word, you can use the Word Viewer here.
Batteries (AA & AAA)
Board Games/Crossword Puzzles/Cards
Bak Hydration System
Candy that doesn't melt (M&M's), Oreos
Canned SoupTrail mix/Sunflower
Canned Fruit with peel back lids
Envelopes for letters/ greeting cards
Feminine Hygiene Items
Fragrance Free Wet Wipes
Granola/Power Bars/Energy Bars
Individually wrapped snack items
Liquid Soap (not bar soap)
Non_aerosol Bug Spray
Paper & Envelopes
Jump ropes, other sports items
Pre_Paid International Calling Cards
Pre_sugared Kool_Aid, Gatoraid
Rolling luggage (small), totes, carryon
Sweat pants and shirts (all sizes)
telephone cards of at least 30 minutes
Tiki Torches (OFF Brand makes one that comes in a shippable box and does not
use the oil _ it uses a candle and some kind of repellant)