Getting help for the holidays
Hello military community,
When money is tight, facing the holidays can be depressing. For military families who face continuous deployments and PCS’ing this time of year can be even harder. Service members and their families may also be feeling the distance from home and those they love.
Thankfully, there are many charities that are honored to provide assistance in various ways, such as meals and gifts for the family.
I understand the frustration in asking for help, but remember these organizations are honored and want to help. Most of the staff is volunteers who are military, veterans, retired vets, spouses of veterans or related to the military in some other way. They are aware of the hardships or have also lived through them. So please do not sacrifice further; let these organization assist you and your family.
- Operation Homefront: This is one of my favorite. In addition to offering holiday toys for kids and holiday meals for the military on installations around the country, they also offer help with travel, moving assistance and more. www.OperationHomefront.net.
- Operation Ride Home: Organized through the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and funded by a generous donation by Jack Daniels. Operation Ride Home assists junior service members (or the family of deployed junior service members) with the cost of eligible travel to see family during the holiday season. www.asymca.org/programs/operation-ride-home
- Soldiers’ Angels: Is a wonderful holiday adopt-a-family program for the families of E1-E6 of deployed, wounded or ill service members. Military families sign up to be adopted by a donor and must demonstrated financial need. The deadline for consideration is Dec. 1 so get that application in as soon as possible. www.SoldiersAngels.org/holiday-adopt-a-family-program
- Full Circle Home: This is a great organization that came to my attention this year. Their motto, “Supporting the women, who are supporting the troops, who are supporting us here at home,” pretty much says it all. This organization offers the deployed service member the opportunity to request a goodie box to be sent to their wife, mother, girlfriend or other special women. It is available at Christmas AND Mother’s Day. www.FullCircleHome.org
- Operation Ensuring Christmas: Specifically supports the children of fallen troops. Through donations they purchase and send gift cards to the children throughout Christmas. Children/families can also apply for this program. www.Opchristmas.org
- Spirit of Sharing: This program provides commissary gift cards, gifts, toys and much more to military families in need. www.SpiritofSharing.org
- Thank Military Families: Families are adopted by sponsors who send gift cards directly to them. Those who are not adopted may receive gift cards from the organization gift card donation program. Preference is given to families of deployed troops. www.ThankMilitaryFamilies.com
- Veteran Service Organization: Many veterans groups (American Legion, VFW, etc.) provide a wide variety of holiday support to service members, veterans and their families. Check with your local departments.
Whether your service member is deployed or lucky enough to be home for the holidays, take advantage of these programs for military families. That includes your Installations’ family center, Chapel or local church, Red Cross, USO or food bank.
Blessings from my family to yours,
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website at MilitaryResourceBooks.com for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.