Thursday, January 06, 2005

Cookies, Crafts and More Ways to Support Our Troops

This great slideshow, with a beautiful, moving song, salutes our troops serving in Iraq.

Who can resist cookies for a good cause? Stampers "U.S. Armed Forces Series" Cookies are vanilla-almond flavored cookies, packed 18 per box, which are imprinted with the seals of our Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army National Guard, and Air Force National Guard. A portion of the proceeds from each sale are donated to the National Military Family Association. These cookies are available in some grocery stores, or may be ordered online from from Cookie Club of America.

What would you do if you were recuperating in a military hospital? Go nuts with boredom? Help Hospitalized Vets, a nonprofit founded in 1970, provides craft kits and "Craft Care Specialists" to help those in military and V.A. hospitals. A donation of $8.00 will provide one kit to one patient. These craft kits can help with physical therapy, provide entertainment, and help the patient develop a new interest or discover a new talent. (I have supported this group for years, and often receive postcards of thanks from "real people" who received kits I've donated).

Operation Homefront supports the families of deployed troops, helping them with urgent needs, such as car, home, or appliance repairs, moving or transportation needs. Many military spouses live on a very limited budget, so unanticipated major expenses can create real hardship for these families. Operation Homefront seeks volunteers and donations of services from local repair businesses, as well as donations of money. If there is a military base near your community, please look at their website, linked above, and see what you can do to help.

Salute America's Heroes provides job training, special housing assistance, and other services to those who have been seriously injured in service to our country. Now a special project of Help Hospitalized Vets (see above), Salute America's Heroes needs donations so they can continue to provide these important services.