Do you want to support our troops, but don’t know how you can get involved? Here are six charities that make supporting our troops easy!
Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by our everyday lives and the busy holiday season. We should all be more conscious about our effect on the world and other people. There are courageous men and women serving in the military. Some of them are risking their lives to protect our country. It’s important to honor their sacrifice and give back when we can. Electing to dedicate your life to this country is a brave choice that deserves support and respect.
If you’re interested in how to get involved with charities focused on veterans and/or active duty members there are plenty of ways to show your support. For those with busy schedules, you don’t need to put aside tons of time to volunteer—there are dozens of other ways to donate to these organizations. Something as simple as dropping off old cell phones, donating a care package or sending a Troopster Gronk Ice Shaker can make all the difference. Read on to learn more about some easy ways to get involved today.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
A simple way to support both active duty members and veterans is through Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts used phones that are provided to men and women service members to provide them with easy communication to their family and friends. Those overseas or at home station often need the support of those close to them to help them through their experience. Giving them easy access to quick communication will support them. Most people are often replacing our cell phones for the latest product, this can be an easy way to support service members. Donating them to this great cause is the perfect way to support our soldiers while recycling electronics.
Troopster Gronk Ice Shaker Box
Partnered with Troopster Military Care Packages, Ice Shaker wanted to find an easy but effective way to support our service members. Make a donation to the program and Troopster Military Care Packages will send deployed soldiers a Gronk Ice Shaker Box. While serving overseas, these men and women are engaging in physical demands that require a lot of discipline, dedication and energy. With this unique shaker, military personnel have an easy way to increase their protein intake and stay energized and alert throughout the day.
Pets for Vets
People who enjoy helping animals and supporting our troops will love getting involved with Pets for Vets. This organization works closely with shelters to pair veterans with lovable animal companions. Proven to be beneficial to both the vets and the pets. This program is meant to help veterans cope with many of the issues they face when leaving active duty. Humans and animals can form strong bonds that are emotionally fulfilling for someone experiencing a tough point in their life.
Each applicant is interviewed to get a sense of who they are and what they’re looking for in a pet. Then, the organization contacts a shelter to learn more about the animals they are caring for in order to pair each veteran with the perfect companion. If this is something you’d like to get involved with learn more here. You can volunteer to help pair veterans with their new furry friend and aid in the training process.
There’s something special about receiving a thoughtful care package. Operation Gratitude works with volunteers and contributors to arrange and send care packages filled with hygiene products, snacks and clothing or accessory items for active soldiers and vets returning home. Though a care package may seem like a small donation, it’s an easy way to give back to our country and it really makes a difference to a lot of the recipients.
In 2017, the organization sent 283,000 care packages filled with more than 11,492,000 items. Donating items to a care package only takes a few minutes and will make a world of difference to the soldier who receives it. You can elect to contribute money towards the organization so they can purchase the items or you can view the wish list and send items included on here. If you want to get even more involved, you can host a donation drive and collect some of the top items needed in the care packages.
An easy but extremely helpful way to support our troops is by donating frequent flyer miles. If you find that you’ve been racking up those points on your credit card but not using all that you’ve earned. Consider donating some of the miles through the Fisher House Foundation to their Hero Miles program. Donations to this program are used to support service members who have gotten injured, sick or wounded. Your miles will help both the soldiers and their families travel to military and VA hospitals. Where they’ll receive treatment and medical attention. The Fisher House Foundation has collected more than $105 million from contributors to support these brave men and women.
If you’re looking for another way to get involved with the organization. Fisher House makes it easy to become a contributor. Use Amazon Smile and select the Fisher House Foundation as your designated charity to donate a portion of each Amazon purchase to the cause.
For those interested in more actively participating in a charity to support veterans. You can get involved with the Building Homes for Heros. To ease the process of transitioning back home. This program works on building and modifying houses that are gifted to veterans free of a mortgage. Volunteers are welcome to work on these properties. Help them reach their goal of building 500 houses by 2025.
These are some great organizations supporting our troops, but it barely scratches the surface. What other organizations do you know about and how do they support service members and/or veterans?
About the Author
Chris Gronkowski, the owner and inventor of the Ice Shaker. He originally made a career for himself as a professional football player after joining the NFL in 2010. He played with the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.
In 2016, he decided to put my entrepreneurial skills to the test and set out to create a protein shaker bottle that would alleviate many of the issues avid athletes experience with standard protein shakers. Shortly after starting the company, they were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank (walking away with a deal from two sharks!). As well as Good Morning America, HLN morning express, Forbes and countless other publications. He puts all of my energy into running Ice Shaker.