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“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16

We all read the news, and we see the same headlines everyday about the war in Afghanistan. Soldiers are dying, injured, or under attack by Taliban forces.  Our U.S. Soldiers are making great sacrifices, for our country and freedoms. Instead of celebrating Thanksgiving with their friends and families, our soldiers are right now fighting against Taliban extremists.

In following up to Yolanda’s article on volunteering this thanksgiving, I want to inspire you with some ways of how to give to our soldiers overseas:

  1. Send cards from your family to a soldier. Pack a small box or large envelope with several cards bought or made by your family to brighten up the spirit of a soldier. You can gear the cards towards a male or a female. Ask how he or she is doing and ask where the soldier is based. Send several homemade cards and pictures of your family.

  2. Send a gift box to the soldiers. Many times soldiers run out of daily items that we take for granted such as tissues, sanitary pads, writing paper, pens etc. Send over a box filled with items for a soldier filled with items that can be used everyday.

  3. Locally, find out how many soldiers from your town are deployed in a foreign country and find out what they need. You can ask at your local Army or Navy recruiting office, or a neighbor that has a soldier deployed in another country. Start a drive for clothing, and food, for the soldiers to use and consume. Soldiers always need socks, t-shirts to wear under regulation clothing and to wear on days off. Send a fan to a soldier deployed in a hot climate foreign country.

  4. Bake several batches of cookies for a soldier, and send the cookies to her. Wrap them carefully so they don’t crumble in the shipping process. Bake chocolate chip cookies that last a little longer than cut out cookies, and are not so holiday oriented.

  5. help the family of a soldier stationed thousands of miles away from home. Many times when a soldier is sent to a foreign country, his or her family is left at home to fend for themselves. The main breadwinner may be gone. A wife and mother may be left to work full time and assume all the household and child rearing responsibilities. You can help by volunteering your time in your neighborhood. Ask at your local church or at work how you can get in touch with an Army, Navy or Marine family to help them out. You may even find such a family in need of help by calling your local newspaper. Ask the family what they need done. Cook a dinner for the soldier’s family, or baby-sit her children. A small church congregation can help by cleaning or cooking for a week around the soldier’s home.

Whether it being food or clothes, sending our support to our soldiers will go a long way. Give thanks to those who are fighting for our freedoms by sending them some Thanksgiving.