I am the new FRG Leader for the Charlie Co. of 1-82 ARB in Ft. Bragg, NC. I was wondering if anyone had any idea about which companies donate to troops going overseas? Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Claudia from Fort Bragg, NC
I belong to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans which is a financial services membership organization. Every year we do a program called "Join Hands Day" where we collect items from the area Lutheran churches, pack them up and send them to our service people overseas. We also take monies that has been dontated to buy phone cards that have a "local" number to call so that the minutes are not used as "international" minutes. As far a I know this is done everywhere there is a Lutheran church. You might want to contact other churches for assistance.
I'm sorry I don't know companies that can help. I make greeting cards and send them to soldiers in Iraq. Soldiers can sign up on AnySoldier.com and then Americans or anyone can get the address and see what they need. Soldiers love to get cards or anything people want to send. I don't personally know any soldiers serving now, but I get names of people from my state or with my last name or my maiden name. One time I saw this person who had the same name as my father and sent him a letter. They usually respond if they have time. Usually the person listed is in charge of the packages, etc. received and passes them on to soldiers who don't receive much mail. The entries the soldiers make on anysoldier.com are very interesting to read. Postage for letters is the same as mailing anywhere in the USA.
So you could make soldiers either over there now or going over aware of the anysoldier.com site and they might receive more attention. Sometimes schools, churches, companies or community groups will pick a group of soldiers to support.
Good luck with your efforts. God bless our soldiers everywhere.
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You can contact WalMart/Target etc. They usually have certain amount allotted each month to donate and have specific dates to do this. Also, car dealerships may help kick off by adding to auto commercial that they are collecting stuff for troops. You might contact local dentists they often have so much free toothpaste/brushes on hand, even denture powders, etc.
Then contact your local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), DAV (Disabled American Veterans) American Legion, Elks Clubs etc. for help. These are non-profit, yet they participate in Community services and will help active duty and many do. So get out there contact and ask everyone. You have a great idea, as a wife of a Disabled US Navy veteran (GulfWar), I thank you for thinking of our troops!
Each state has its own VFW State Department contact them also. Every Veterans Administration Hospital has service officers for, VFW, DAV, and American Legion. They will help you find who you need. Or look up in local phone book for local VFW etc. Good Luck.