Posted by: andreazastrow | May 13, 2015

Military Appreciation Month: Giving Back

Military Appreciation Month

I think we can all agree that every month should be Military Appreciation Month, but officially, it’s the month of May. In honor of this awareness month, we’re looking into the ways that we can give back to our active military and their families, too. A little research will uncover a wealth of opportunities to lend a hand. There are always ways to get involved, here are a few!

Operation Showers of Appreciation (OSOAmil)

Established in 2006, OSOAmil honors military, veterans, reserves, wounded warriors, first responders, and their families by hosting and cohosting large scale baby showers. In addition to baby showers, they are also involved in organizing baby care packages, diaper programs, and events honoring blue and gold star military families. We can get involved by donating items, making a monetary donation, becoming a shower host, assisting with fundraising efforts and community events, among others.

Operation Write Home:

Get the kids involved! What better way to teach younger generations to show gratitude than to write thank you notes to the men and women who so deserve it. Operation Write Home seeks to send letters of encouragement to our deployed heroes. Looking to get started? Host a card signing event, have the kids draw a picture or color in an AnyHero coloring page, or just write a letter yourself! Go to operation Write Home’s website for letter writing guidelines, monetary donation opportunities, an online shop, and more. Our soldiers would surely appreciate it!

Operation Gratitude:

From sleep away camp to college, everyone loves a care package. Imagine how much it would mean to a soldier to receive one. The little things we take for granted are the items our troops need most. Operation Gratitude sends care packages and letters to our deployed troops. Inside care packages are snacks, entertainment, hygiene products, handmade items, and letters all meant to lift spirits and make life a little easier. We can get involved by organizing a collections drive, donating letters, knitting/crocheting scarves, give a monetary donation, or offer your business services. Check them out online to get started

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Of course there are many wonderful organizations to get involved with, but random acts of kindness will always be a great way to thank someone for their service. Here are a few simple ways to show our service men and women our gratitude

  • Pay for a meal or send over dessert for a military member dining in the same restaurant as you
  • Reach out to the spouse of a military member
  • Donate unused airline miles
  • Lay flowers at a military cemetery
  • Shake the hand of a military member or veteran
  • Just say “thank you”!

A little kindness goes a long way. Let’s pay it forward, friends!


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