Ever wondered what it takes to ship a care package to a deployed service member? Later this year, we will be packing and shipping 15,000 care items, including 5,000 care packages, to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels. In Part 1 of our special 3-part blog series, we take an in-depth look at the process of getting those care packages to our troops— from collecting the items to the service member hearing their name called during mail call— learn more about The Care Package Journey.
We have the chance to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm! If we are awarded this grant, the money will be used to help feed 2,000 veterans and their families through the Soldiers' Angels Hunger Relief program.
Soldiers' Angels is excited to be one of the Top 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant program. But we need your help to rally behind our cause, cast your vote and help us win one of 40 $25,000 grants!
The voting phase is open from 12:00:01 A.M. ET on August 14th until August 23rd at 11:59:59 P.M. ET, and you can vote up to 10 times per day every day for our cause. Winners will be announced on September 25th. Please forward this to your colleagues, friends, and family to vote and help spread the word. Thank you in advance for your support!
Twice per year, Books-A-Million and their customers show their support for our troops and veterans through their Coffee for the Troops campaign. Through this program, customers can purchase a bag of Joe Muggs coffee and write a nice "Thank You!" on the bag of coffee. Books-A-Million corporate also contributes 1 bag of coffee for every 5 bags donated by their customers. This year, their campaign collected a record-breaking amount of coffee--- over 100,000 bags!! We have already begun the process of shipping some of this delicious coffee to our troops overseas but could use your help to cover the cost of shipping even more coffee care packages to our deployed. Donate now and give them the gift of fresh-brewed coffee!!
Our Sewing and Crafting Team has many dedicated Angels who donate their time and talents to show support and help comfort service members, wounded heroes, veterans, and their families. They make scarves, quilts, hats, “No-Sew Blankets”, lap blankets, baby bundlings, chemo caps and other handcrafted items that are distributed to active duty service members, expectant military families, and in VA hospitals around the country. Learn more about Ann, who is one of those talented Angel volunteers. Her incredible hand-made American flag blankets have become a source of comfort for many that we support.
The summer months can be the most challenging for parents. If you don’t have summer camps or activities lined up, you’ve got to get really creative when it comes to finding ways to entertain your little ones (without losing your mind). This is a great opportunity to engage children in volunteer activities and teach them the importance of giving back. Here are some great volunteer activities you can do with your children this summer break!
Since the inception of our Veteran Support Program, Soldiers' Angels has been working with VA staff and the veteran populations we serve to determine where needs exist and where Soldiers’ Angels can meet those needs. Over the years we have had a lot of success with our current list of Veteran Support initiatives, but based on need, we found three more areas that could use our support. Learn about the three new areas of support in the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Program.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone— no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, or culture. It occurs when someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Many of our service members develop PTSD after witnessing and/or experiencing combat. Despite many years of research surrounding the disorder, there are still plenty of misconceptions and many people who go undiagnosed. Here are some things you should know about PTSD.
Every move, no matter how big or small is stressful. And if moving is stressful for adults, imagine how stressful the event can be for little ones. This is especially true for military families who often have no choice regarding if they move, when they move, or where they move to. Click here for tips that can assist military families in helping their child cope with moving and relocating.
Blankets are more than a sense of warmth. They are a form of comfort when you’re sick, feeling down, or just need something to curl up with to relax. Think how much warmth and comfort your favorite blanket provides for you when you are cold or lonely. We want to gift that same feeling to veterans in VA Hospitals as well as wounded service members being treated in various facilities. Our annual Blanket Drive has officially begun and will continue through August 31st. Please help us reach our goal of collecting 2,000 blankets for service members and veterans! Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive here.
Reassignment can be hard on the family. We leave behind friends, schools, and the lives we had begun to create for ourselves. However, there are ways we can ease the transition, and make the move itself as smooth as possible with a bit of planning. Do you have an upcoming reassignment? Check out some of these great moving tips from guest blogger, Amanda Henderson.
You know those really thick braided bracelets you see a lot of military, hikers, survivalists, and first responders wearing? As cool as they look, they are not a fashion statement. They’re called paracord bracelets and are a very necessary survival item. Paracord bracelets actually started as a way for service members and first responders to carry extra cord in a lightweight, compact manner-- and the service members we support love to receive these useful bracelets in care packages! Learn more about how you and your team can make paracord bracelets and get them to our service members.
Our Veteran Support Program has grown quickly over the last few years and that growth shows no sign of slowing down! Soldiers’ Angels currently works in over 30 VA Hospitals across the country, providing volunteer support, doing patient visits, giving out supplies like box lunches and hygiene kits, and organizing luncheons and other group activities. At each VA site, the team on the ground is completely volunteer-based!! We receive a lot of questions regarding starting a Veteran Support team in a city where we currently are not located-- so we put down some tips to getting started! Click here to learn how you can start a Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Team near you.
One of our oldest and most popular virtual teams is our Letter Writing Team. Each year our Letter Writing Angels send hundreds of thousands of letters to deployed service members around the world. Many of our Angels connect with the service members they support and form a fruitful penpal relationship throughout the service members deployment and beyond. But it is also quite common for our Angels to experience what they have termed as "Silent Service Members," or service members that don't respond to letters. Although it can be discouraging not to receive a response, we encourage our Angels to continue to write. Here's why service members may not have the chance to write back.