Many people would like to tangibly express support of the welfare of our U.S. troops in battle, but don’t know where to turn. The site anysoldier.com, formed in 2003, and/or the USO sponsored care packages solve that problem. As the USO site states: “Sponsoring a care package provides individuals with a way to touch the lives of our deployed troops around the world.”
Any Soldier not only provides a list of soldiers in need, but also lists the current requests complete with expected departure date of soldier. The soldiers (or their commanding officer) post their needs and desires on the “Where To Send” page, where the names are listed by date of request. There are also branch specific pages, e.g. Marines. The site provides details on how to pack and mail your packages. The USPS offers flat rate boxes specifically for use with packages to the military. This takes some of the sting out of the international shipping. Get creative and you can cram quite a bit into a flat rate box, and still keep within the weight limit.
The site also accepts questions or comments about the listed soldiers (Support@AnySoldier.com); and includes updates and information from them (Support@AnySoldier.com). AnySoldier.com is a volunteer effort, so donations are welcome. Send donations, or donation inquiries, to:
Any Soldier Inc., P.O. Box 715, Waldorf, MD 20604
Operation USO Care Package, an organization in existence for 67 years, accepts donations and assembles the care packages. The plus being that the USO compounds the value of your donation: $25 donation becomes approximately $75 worth of items needed and requested by soldiers. So, you can express your gratitude with the troops with a small amount that will become a more substantial care package. If only we had a store like that!
Today the USO delivers its programs and services to 1.4 million active duty service members and 1.2 million National Guard and Reserves as well as their families at more than 130 centers located worldwide.
The USO serves 1.4 million active duty soldier, and 1.2 million National Guard and Reserves. The site also allows you to immediately send a 500 character message to a wounded soldier. You can also follow the USO on Twitter.
If you’d like your contribution to be more up close and personal, the USO has physical locations that can use your help.
Now, you have two fantastic ways to bolster morale for our troops in the trenches and actually give them want they desire. Something most everyone can get behind no matter their political leaning.