Registration is now open for those interested in becoming an official Halloween Candy collection site for the 2017 Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops Program. Treats for Troops is a program in which local businesses, traditionally but not limited to dental offices, agree to accept excess Halloween candy from kids in exchange for goodies. Through the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops program, businesses can register to serve as a collection site for this program. Not only will you be serving the community by buying back candy and removing it from the mouths of children, but also serving our service members, wounded heroes, and veterans. For families with too much candy in your home, this is your opportunity to support a good cause, allow your kids to earn prizes, and receive a tax deductible receipt for your donation. This year, our goal is to collect 17,000 pounds of candy for our service members and veterans! Click here to learn more about Treats for Troops or to register as an official collection site.
February 14, 2020
Wow! Thank you to all who participated in the 2020 Valentine's for Veterans campaign!! We received so many incredible Valentine's Day cards from people of all ages. Since late January, we have been including these heartfelt cards in care packages to deployed and this week our volunteers have been handing them out to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country. Thank you for remembering our nation's heroes on this day. Take a look at just a few of the hundreds of Valentine's Day cards we have received by visiting our Valentines for Veterans Facebook photo album.
In recent weeks, thousands of service members have been rapidly deployed to the Middle East. Many of them received their orders with just a few short days before they had to board a plane into the unknown and now they face months of deployment amid increasing tensions in the region. Together, we can show these brave men and women that America is behind them, no matter what may come next. Soldiers' Angels is collecting care package items and cash donations as a part of the new #GoCamo Care Package Collection Campaign. The care packages will support service members deployed all across the Middle East and let them all know that America supports them! Please show your support for our brave men and women today and #GoCamo by hosting a collection drive, shopping for needed items, or making a monetary donation to help cover the cost of shipping the care packages. Learn more about Soldiers' Angels #GoCamo here.
Every year we receive thousands of Valentine’s Day cards addressed to service members and veterans. Sadly, since the cost to distribute these cards is so high, we are not able to provide enough funding to get these cards to our military and veteran heroes so they can feel the love. But this year you can help us spread the love! All you need to do is include $1 per Valentine you send! This will help us cover the cost of packing & mailing boxes of Valentine’s Day cards to deployed troops overseas & to VA Hospitals! Mail your cards & $1 per card to: Soldiers’ Angels 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78218. Learn more about Soldiers' Angels Valentines for Veterans.
As uncertainty mounts around the current situation in the Middle East and deployments continue to affect our troops and families, Soldiers' Angels President and CEO has an important message to all military families and those who are willing to step up and support them:
"For the past seventeen years, it has been the mission of Soldiers' Angels to support our troops and their families— and right now is no different. Politics aside, there is stress being felt by military families whose futures are unclear. To those families, please know we are with you during this time, and we are here to provide aid and comfort however we can. This is why we exist. Please keep all those heading into harm's way in your thoughts. May No Soldier Go Unloved." - Amy Palmer, President & CEO of Soldiers' Angels
If you are deployed and wish to receive support from Soldiers' Angels, please register here: https://soldiersangels.org/register-for-services.html
If you would like to learn more about the many ways you can support deployed service members and military families, please click here: https://soldiersangels.org/programs.html
The year is coming to a close, but there is still time to leave your mark on 2019: give a tax-deductible year-end gift to Soldiers' Angels. Your donations will help support a wide range of programs that provide aid and comfort to deployed service members, wounded heroes, military families, and veterans of all eras. Soldiers' Angels is among the countries top-rated nonprofit organizations as rated by GuideStar, GreatNonprofits, and Charity Navigator. Soldiers' Angels also maintains an efficiency rating of 96%, which means that $0.96 cents of every dollar donated will go back to the people we support through our various programs.
Thanks to individuals, businesses, and organizations, Soldiers' Angels received over 21,000 donated stuffed holiday stockings! 7,000 were shipped to combat deployed service members. Thanks to this great video from the 77th Sustainment Brigade, we get a first-hand look at how deployed Chaplains work with Soldiers' Angels to help spread the holiday spirit to service members who will not make it home for the holidays.
Soldiers’ Angels needs urgent support!! We have 7,000 stuffed holiday stockings ready to be shipped to service members deployed to combat zones, but could use our help to cover the cost of shipping. Today is #GivingTuesday—a great day to give back to our military men and women by supporting this great cause. Donate now: http://bit.ly/2sGjGkJ
On November 12th, NBA player Michael Carter-Williams, along with Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw and Orlando Magic staff joined Soldiers' Angels at the Orlando VA Lake Nona to serve dinner to veteran patients at the domiciliary. The event was part of the NBA's Hoops For Troops Week (November 7-15) and in partnership with the Department of Defense. The night included a delicious dinner, served by the Magic team, and followed by a BINGO night.
Thanks to a recent partnership with the Sioux Honey Association Co-Op, volunteers on the Soldiers' Angels Angel Baker Team are getting to experience first-hand how easy and tasty it can be to substitute honey into baking recipes. In our latest blog, you can meet some of our Angels and learn their tips about shipping treats long distances and preparing for the holiday baking season.
While getting adequate sleep is challenging enough for many people, it's especially difficult for PTSD sufferers, who may have nightmares about their traumatic experience. They may also be afraid to fall asleep for fear of experiencing disturbing dreams. Learn more about why PTSD affects sleep so badly and how those suffering can get better sleep.
We love receiving thank you messages on Facebook and our website. The messages vary from simple thank you's to longer sentiments about what the support meant to them. Every once in a while we hear stories that touch us so deeply that we just have to know more. This happened recently when Jerik reached out to say thanks for the support we were giving him during his current deployment to the Middle East and that we also supported his father years ago during his deployment to Afghanistan! Here's their story.
Soldiers’ Angels has multiple teams of dedicated Angels who use their talents to support veterans, deployed service members, wounded heroes, and military families in multiple ways. We put together a blog that encompasses what it takes to become an Angel volunteer as well as some of the many volunteer opportunities available to our Angels. Are you ready to be a hero to our heroes? Click here to learn more about volunteering with Soldiers' Angels.