Thanking our Troops this Holiday Season
104.1 The Truth salutes our troops this Holiday Season!
Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to share our support of our troops at home and abroad.
Knowing that that they have our support, is essential to the well-being of our troops and their families. And, those who step up to preserve our liberties, livelihoods, and businesses deserve our support now and throughout the year.
In the rush to prepare for and enjoy the holiday season with our own families, it's easy to overlook the importance of showing our gratitude and loyalty to those who daily do so much for all of us.
We hope you will join us in remembering our troops this Christmas... Say thank-you to a veteran, send a Christmas email or card. However you choose to remember those who serve, be it large or small, we guarantee it will be appreciated.
Ways to support our troops at Christmastime and all year long
Donate to the USO
The United Service Organizations has been lifting the spirits of service personnel since 1941, providing welfare, services, and fun activities for troops and their families (like live concerts for deployed soldiers). USO Treehouse specifically supports programs for the kids in military families, such as free Sesame Street Live performances — fun!
Send or Contribute to Care Packages
Deployed soldiers miss some of the basic comforts of home. You can "adopt" and form a special bond with one soldier by sending him care packages full of snacks, toiletries, and DVDs through programs like Soldiers' Angels.
Donate a Cell Phone or Other Technology
Have a used a used cell phone or iPod that's collecting dust? Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts used cell phone donations and Soldiers' Angels accept cell phones, mp3 music players, and digital camera donations.
Give Calling Cards or Gift Cards
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service shop makes it simple for you to buy gift cards (starting at $10) and calling cards (starting at $20) to be shipped directly to a service person.
Write a Thank-You Note
Cards and letters from back home are some of the most important gifts you could send to our troops. Besides putting a smile on a soldier's face, this is also a great opportunity to help your child learn to write a letter.
Send a Homemade Craft
Another inexpensive gift from the heart for our troops is a homemade craft. Your kids can make cute patriotic crafts for a deployed soldier to decorate his/her bare space. And, if you're very crafty, there are ways you can knit and quilt for our troops.
Donate Your Wedding Gown
Is your wedding dress just taking up space in your closet? Brides Across America accepts clean and gently used wedding gowns and veils/bridal accessories to give to military brides to ease the financial burden of wedding planning. They ask that gowns be under three years old.
Sponsor a Baby Shower
Having a baby is a bright spot in a military family's life, and funding a baby shower for an Army wife or mom in the military is a kind gesture that will help them build their family nest. You can support showers for military moms through Operation Shower.
Donate Your Photography Services
A soldier cherishes family photos when he's far from home. If you're a professional or highly skilled photographer, you can join the ranks of Yellow Ribbon Photographers and help military couples or families in your area by snapping complimentary shots of them.
Support Survivors of Fallen Soldiers
Following the death of a loved one in the military, TAPS the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, provides bereavement support 24/7. A donation supports military families during a time of greatest need.