Do You Think You’re Too Busy To Support Our Troops? Think Again!

Charities for military families

Teachers and parents are encouraging kids to write to U.S. soldiers. “Thanks for protecting our country. [You] must be very brave joining the military. They say a man looks handsome in uniform. My favorite food is chicken wings, and I like to hang out with my friends,” one letter begins.

Americans can learn a great deal from the adorable — and often unintentionally funny — letters. The most important lesson to learn is that supporting our troops does not have to be expensive or inconvenient. Here are some relatively simple ideas for helping military families and deployed soldiers:

Don’t Wait For Them To Ask

No one wants to seem like a burden. Asking for help can be humiliating, and many people are simply too proud to do it. Ease tensions by offering your help to military husbands and wives — before they have to ask. Be creative. One military mom suggests drawing up coupons good for “two hours of help around the house,” “two hours of lawn mowing,” or “one night of babysitting.” Stash the coupons in gift baskets, and give them to military spouses on holidays, birthdays, and special occasions.

Get Everyone In On It

Taking on any project alone can easily get overwhelming — so don’t. Ask friends, family, and neighbors to support our efforts. Combine efforts to throw a group event, such as a pancake breakfast, barbecue, or potluck dinner benefiting military families and American soldiers. Asking everyone to help out should prevent any one person from shouldering too much responsibility.

Donate Clothes Without Leaving Home

If you are especially busy, you can still show your support for our troops! Quickly give back by donating clothing to charity. Several charities pick up clothing donations directly from your home, eliminating the need for an extra trip. Others will pick up clothes from communal locations, such as schools, churches, and office buildings.

Stop making excuses. Helping military families is perfectly manageable, and you’re not too busy. Support our troops by donating clothes right from home, lending a hand to military husbands or wives, or getting everyone together to host a group event. Check out this website for more. Helpful sites.

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