Supporting our Men and Women in Uniform

                  Supporting our men and women in uniform

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AnySoldier.Com  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.  Use this 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. 

Army Baby 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. 

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Camp Doha  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.

Free Special Greetings & Gifts for Childen of Deployed Military Service Members

Gifts 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. 

Help 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.

Marine Comfort Quilts

Operation AC is the nation's leader in delivering air conditioners, heaters, boots, shaving kits, socks & gloves into the hands of deployed troops.

Operation homelink. Free refurbished computers for spouses or parents of deployed soldier in ranks E1 – E5. 

Operation: 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!

Operation 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!

Operation Wounded Soldier

Since 2007, 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. 

Quilts for Soldiers makes quilts for wounded soldiers/marines. This project unites quilt-toppers with long-armers on a one-to-one basis to make "Quilts of 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

SEARS How 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!

The TechSpun® "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.

To 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.  

The 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 cookies!

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 Shelton 

 

Here is a list of items much appreciated 
by our men and women in service.  

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)
Beef Jerky
Board Games/Crossword Puzzles/Cards
Books/magazines
Camel Bak Hydration System
Candy that doesn't melt (M&M's), Oreos
Canned SoupTrail mix/Sunflower
Canned Fruit with peel back lids
Communications/Entertainment/Compact Discs/DVDs
Cotton Swabs
Dental Floss
Disposable cameras
Disposable Razors
Drink Mix
Envelopes for letters/ greeting cards
Feminine Hygiene Items
Foot Powder
Fragrance Free Wet Wipes
Granola/Power Bars/Energy Bars
Gum
Hard Candy
Headblade
Headslick
Individually wrapped snack items
Liquid Soap (not bar soap)
Lotion
Mosquito Coils
Mouthwash
Non_Aerosol Deodorant
Non_aerosol Bug Spray
Note pads/pens/pencils
Nuts
Paper & Envelopes
Jump ropes, other sports items
Powder
Pre_Paid International Calling Cards
Pre_sugared Kool_Aid, Gatoraid
Rolling luggage (small), totes, carryon
Shampoo/Conditioner
Shower Gel
Sunscreen/Lip Balm
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)
Toothbrush/Toothpaste

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