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5 Organizations that Help Send Holiday Gifts to Troops

Susan Lawson of Soldiers' Angels give tips on what goods to ship to deployed service members and Patch offers organizations that help in the process.

Store Christmas decorations so early in the season may be annoying, but they’re a good reminder that holiday goods for deployed troops take time to travel across the world.

The trip is usually about three weeks, according to Susan Lawson of Soldiers Angels—an organization that sends care packages to those serving overseas.

Most people send snacks and hygiene products, but there’s much more that can be make a service member’s day. That includes one item that would normally spoil a kid’s holiday—socks.

“It’s really really cold in Afghanistan right now and these guys need to be changing their socks every day,” she said. “They can’t dry when it’s 20 degrees out—it’s not very exciting, but socks.”

Prohibited items in the Middle East include pork, alcohol and pornographic items. For who believe in creating gifts, hand made quilts are well-received, Lawson added.

There are various organizations that accept gifts and monetary donations. Here are a few recommended by Patch readers:

If the cost and time is an issue, an easy solution Lawson recommends is to is to write a card or letter to a service member.

“It doesn’t have to be something big that’s sent, just that something was sent,” she said. “They’re honored to know that there are American back home who care about them and who remember they’re there fighting for us.” 

Susan Lawson November 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Okay so here is the news I promised. MainStreet Oceanside has partnered once again this year with Soldiers' Angels, 501 (c)(3) to collect holiday care packages for our troops. We need snack bars, candy, gum, nuts, & socks. In addition, Soldiers' Angels will be collecting donations for a special holiday dinner for the 3rd MAW, single barracks...Marines who could not go home for the holidays. Stop by the Sunset Market on Thursday 11/29, 12/6 or 12/13 from 5:00 - 9:00 to contribute. You can also email me for details. Susan Lawson ctlca26@gmail.com
Rogue November 21, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Thank you for posting all these great Organizations. Thanksforourfreedom is an amazing organization. They also have a facebook page under the same name. That one is run by spouses of active duty service members. So it's got a great inside approach to helping military familes.
DeltaWhiskey99 November 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
In addition to just Adopting troops and Military Families, Thanks For Our Freedom has a wide range of programs to support the changing needs of our Military community. Although right now the Christmas program is in full swing and taking the primary focus they also have amazing programs like the Honored Baby Platoon, which support military wives who are having babies while their husband's are deployed. Little Spaces for Little Heroes is another awesome program and in addition to just your standard Adopt A Hero program for deployment support they customize the care packages based on each individual troops needs/wants. Every program they have is tailored to fit the needs of each individual hero or family. They really take the time to get to know you and see how best they can help. It's a wonderful organization!!!
DeltaWhiskey99 November 25, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I know that Thanks For Our Freedom always has tons of troops available as they have a very wide range throughout the Military since the Founder is a military wife as are most of their volunteers. They could probably supply you with names of some troops who need it the most. Thank you!
Rosie November 30, 2012 at 07:09 AM
I would like to know which of these organizations are actual nonprofits. I can't find anything about Thanks For Our Freedom, although it sounds great.

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