Christmas will be here before we know it. Many Americans can look forward to time spent with friends and family around the Christmas tree, warming their feet by the fire and watching their children open presents on Christmas morning.
There are hundreds of thousands of people who don’t get to look forward to those things this year, though. Why? Because they’re protecting our country and our freedom.
While some military personnel are able to get time off and travel back to the US to celebrate the holiday with their family, many of them don’t have this option. When they signed up to serve, they knew they might be sacrificing time with their families during the holidays, but that doesn’t make it any easier on them.
Thankfully, there are plenty of things that we can do to show them our appreciation for their bravery every day and their sacrifices during the holidays. Here are some ideas for you and your family to choose from this Christmas season.
Many families are already sending out Christmas cards this time of year. One way you can brighten the day of a military member is to send them one as well!
Soldiers’ Angels accept cards on behalf of deployed service members as well as veterans. Operation Gratitude is another great organization. They have an easy-to-follow guide with suggestions on what to write about and how children can participate as well.
Everyone loves getting surprise gifts in the mail. Now, imagine how much more excited you would be if you were deployed in a foreign country without the ability to pick up your favorite candy or other special treats you take for granted.
While sending care packages to military members is a great idea all year long, it might help to lessen the pain of missing traditional Christmas activities during the holidays.
One group that does this is Freedom Alliance. They provide a list of the most requested items as well as prohibited items. They also have a special Presents for Patriots program that helps military families who are struggling financially to make sure that their children can have the kind of Christmas they deserve.
There are plenty of organizations that help gather packages. Take a look at this extensive list on Military.com and you’ll be sure to find one that you want to get involved with.
If you’re a parent, then you probably know the stress that comes along with providing a good Christmas for your children. Now imagine worrying about that while you’re also fighting in a foreign land defending your country?
Unfortunately, there are many military families who face financial hardships. One way of helping someone serving overseas is by making sure that their family has everything they need, especially during the holidays when there is so much emphasis put on gifts and food.
Soldiers’ Angels, who we mentioned earlier, also have a fantastic Christmas program that allows you to adopt a military family. Once you’re assigned a family, you’ll be able to purchase a gift card for dinner supplies and gifts for the children.
If you prefer to donate money, then Operation Homefront could be the right choice for you. They have a variety of programs to donate to, including a toy drive and one that provides military families with meals during the holidays.
There are plenty of ways to show the members of our armed forces that you care. It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you do something. After all, one of the reasons we have the ability to celebrate Christmas openly and freely is because of the brave men and women defending the USA.
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