Kids are putting American adults to shame by taking time out of their day to support our troops and veterans. Kids all over the U.S. are writing letters to deployed troops, or even sending them birthday and/or Christmas cards. “Thanks for protecting our country. [You] must be very brave joining the military,” one little girl’s letter begins. “They say a man looks handsome in uniform. My favorite food is chicken wings, and I like to hang out with my friends.”
Adults, however, do not necessarily have to lag behind. Too few Americans realize that they are fully capable of helping military families, soldiers, and vets — and with a limited or modest income, too. What are some of the best, low-cost ways to pitch in?
Donate Clothes and Items Straight From Home
It is possible to collect and contribute veterans clothing donations, and without even leaving home or paying for gas money, too. A growing number of charities volunteer to pick up donated items, saving Americans the expense and trouble of an extra trip. Similar charities establish communal pick up locations in places where people are likely to frequent. Schools, office buildings, grocery stores, and churches may serve as pick up locations, for example.
Don’t Wait For Someone To Ask
Asking for help can be awkward, even if it’s reasonable. Proactively offer to help any military spouse friends if their husbands and/or wives are currently deployed. Babysitting, for example, can be especially helpful if they are trying to support their family with a single job in the meantime. One military mom suggests creating creative coupons, offering one night of babysitting or two hours of help mowing the lawn, for instance.
Americans from all different income levels can easily help American troops, vets, and/or military families. Give back in whatever way you can. Contact charities to pick up veterans clothing donations, or lend a hand to a military husband or wife — and friend — in need.