Many brave men and women in our country have enlisted in the military, and many of them have even seen combat. Coming back from the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force can be a bit of a culture shock for a veteran. Sometimes they are unable to find work, and they could even be dealing with injuries. Add the need to support a family into the equation and life can become complicated.
However, several charity organizations focus on helping military families and veterans to make their lives a bit easier. And the best part is that you can help, too, even if you don’t personally know any of these men, women, and children.
How do you go about helping military families, you may wonder? Many of these organizations take donations for veterans and their families. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Clothing: Clothing donations are the perfect solution because they are “green” — what doesn’t get used directly by donation recipients can be broken down and recycled instead. Clothing for adults and children is always being sought out by charities because it’s something that everyone can use.
2. Household Items: It can be difficult filling a home with the furniture and appliances necessary to keep things running smoothly. If you have any small appliances or furniture items that you no longer have a use for, see if you can donate. By donating, you can reduce the amount of waste headed to the landfill.
3. Food: Have a pantry that needs cleaning out? If so, you may be able to give canned goods or other prepared foods to a food cupboard or other service. This can help families in need feed themselves and their children.
4. Time: If you don’t have any items to donate, try volunteering. You might be serving food or sorting through clothing and household good donations, but these activities are vital to keep charities running. See how you can help out in your community by getting in touch with a local organization.
How have you helped our country’s military veterans and their families? Tell us about how you like helping military families in the comments.