With the recent Ukrainian crisis, many question whether U.S. troops may need to ultimately intervene. Whether or not tensions flare up again, American soldiers and military families need our support. Deployment puts financial and emotional strains on military spouses. Moreover, there are at least 1 million parents in the military, and studies show that children may be even worse off. Even the average American citizen, however, can do a considerable amount to help. Here are some things you can do:
Donate Stuffed Toys
Many non-profit organizations accept charitable donations. One California charity, for example, asks Americans to donate a small to medium-sized stuffed toy (“a stuffed animal from the size of a Beanie Baby up to 18 inches tall,” according to CNN). Donors also have the option to write a letter to the child and/or family. “When Mom or Dad wears combat boots, sometimes what a child may need is a hug or at least something to hold,” CNN explains. A number of establishments help Americans collect and donate toys during the holidays, too.
Add a Personal Touch
CNN recommends finding organizations “focused on the specific needs of military families, from helping to pay a bill or find a place to stay to getting diapers. The organization has helped fulfill more than 400,000 requests for help since it started in 2002.” Most let families submit requests or suggestions, enabling them to accurately gauge whether particular families need services or clothing donations. Keep in mind that you can still donate on a busy schedule. Some charities pick up clothing and other donated items for you, so you do not have to go out of your way to make an extra trip.
Give back to our troops and their families when they need it the most. Consider the various ways that you can contribute, including charitable donations and services.