Parents and teachers are encouraging children to take a couple of minutes out of their day to support our troops. Kids are devoting small amounts of time to writing soldiers letters, Christmas cards, valentines, and birthday cards. “Thank you for fiting [sic] for us. I would like to be a Veteran! You gise [sic] are asome! Thank you for letting us have freedom!” a six-year-old wrote to an American soldier.
More adults should pay attention. Kids’ adorable letters, drawings, and cards teach us that helping military families, soldiers, and veterans can be inexpensive and relatively low-key. Here are some easy and cost-efficient ways to do your part:
Get Creative With Couponing
For some military husbands and wives, asking for help is one of the most difficult things to do. A lot of people take pride in being self-sufficient, and — for that reason — admitting you need a hand can be somewhat humiliating. Remove the awkward factor by creatively and proactively pitching in. Draw up coupons good for “one hour of lawn mowing,” “one night of babysitting,” or “three hours of help around the house.” Place the coupons in a gift basket, and give them as presents on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions.
Make It A Group Effort
In nearly all walks of life, going it alone can be overwhelming. Instead of shouldering all the responsibility for your charitable efforts, gather friends and family to organize group events benefiting military families, soldiers, and veterans. Combine efforts to put together a pancake breakfast, barbecue, or potluck dinner.
Donate Without Leaving Your Home
There are plenty of charities that will pick up donations. Sort through your closets and drawers, collect clothing donations for veterans, and donate from the comforts of home. Some charities also pick up items from communal locations, such as churches, office buildings, and schools.
Stop making excuses. Being charitable and gathering clothing donations for veterans and active military members does not have to be inconvenient or costly. Team up with friends and family to throw together a group event, or donate clothing and other items from communal pick up locations. Find more: www.purpleheartpickup.org