How You Can Help Our Troops
On today's show, we met Salina, Rynn, Blair and Lindsey, four military wives who are living in Alaska while their husbands serve overseas. They told Jeff how our troops are often lacking some of the basic necessities that we may take for granted. Here's how you can help bring a few comforts from home to the men and women who are protecting our freedom.
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization that sends over 100,000 care packages every year to U.S. Service Members serving around the world. Their Wish List includes energy bars, beef jerky, healthy snacks, ready-to-eat tuna or chicken salad kits, commercially sealed lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll-on deodorant (they can't ship aerosol cans overseas), individually packaged razors, DVDs and CDs, and travel-sized board games. Please note that all food items should have an expiration date of at least 6 months after when they are donated.
The address for shipping donated goods:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Rich Hernandez
For more information, including additional Wish List items, shipping tips, how to make a financial donation, and to download the Donation Form that's required if you'd like an acknowledgment of receipt, please visit the Operation Gratitude website by clicking here.
For additional ways you can support our troops overseas, visit the USO Wishbook, which offers anyone the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of gifts and services for our troops, like the $15 Deployment Kit, full of toiletries and snacks. Altogether, there are dozens of gifts you can purchase, at a wide range of prices.
The USO reports that in 2011, there were 196,000 US Armed Forces serving in 150 countries overseas. Please consider making a donation to help bring them a little cheer in the new year!