Soldiers' Angels at the San Antonio Stand Down

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On November 4th, Soldiers' Angels participated in the San Antonio Stand Down to support homeless veterans. Thanks to our generous donors, Tesoro and Honda, we handed out 1,000 Boxed Lunches and 1,000 Hygiene Kits to attendees of the event. Volunteers from USAA joined Soldiers' Angels at the event to help hand out the items. Follow our Texas Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all Soldiers' Angels events around the state.


Other Highlights

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Not Receiving Text Messages?

December 05, 2018

If you are a veteran that has attended one of our Mobile Food Distributions events across the country, then you have received a text message from Soldiers' Angels. Text messages serve as one of our main methods of communication to alert veterans when registration for a food distribution is open and also to alert those veterans on the wait list that there is space for them to come to the event and receive food. We have received several calls from veterans who were once receiving text notifications and then suddenly stopped receiving them. If this is happening for you, please review our recent blog to help troubleshoot your issues.


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Matching Donation Opportunity!

December 05, 2018

The 2019 Valero Texas Open is right around the corner-- which means there is a great matching donation opportunity happening now-- Birdies for Charity! This amazing program was created in 1997 as a way to give participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open. 100% of the funds raised go back to participating organizations PLUS Valero matches 7%. Don't miss this opportunity to make your gift of supporting service members, military families, wounded heroes, and veterans of all eras go even further. Donate now or learn more about this fantastic opportunity here.


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#GivingTuesday was a Huge Success!

November 30, 2018

Thanks to all of you, our fun Giving Tuesday campaign raised over $15,000 for service members, military families, wounded heroes, and veterans of all eras! Throughout the day, we put our two Vice President's to the test with fun challenges as we hit our fundraising milestones. Our President and CEO agreed to participate in all challenges back-to-back on Wednesday IF we met our goal of $15,000--- and at the last minute, we met our goal! Take a look at our most recent blog post to view the full recap of our event. Thank you all again for your amazing support of Soldiers' Angels! We understand how many charities are vying for your attention on #GivingTuesday and we are extremely honored and humbled that you chose to follow Soldiers' Angels, participate in our challenge polls, watch our crazy antics, and, most importantly choose us as your charity of choice for your donations.


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Tamales for Troops

Soldiers' Angels is proud to partner with Las Palapas for their Tamales for Troops program in San Antonio! For every purchase of the Las Palapas Tamales for Troops or Home for the Holidays package, Las Palapas and their partners will donate a dozen tamales to local San Antonio troops and veterans. If you are an active duty service member or a veteran in San Antonio interested in receiving tamales, please register hereThere is no guarantee that you will receive tamales since it will depend on how many are sold. However, the goal of the program is to donate 48,000 tamales! 


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Thank a Veteran Through Home of the Brave

This Veterans Day, show your gratitude for those who have served our country through Home of the Brave. We have partnered with this annual campaign to help provide Honor Packs and Blankets to homeless veterans and veteran patients in VA hospitals.

Here's how it works:
1) Purchase Honor Packs or Blankets from the Soldiers' Angels Angel Store here: https://angelsstore.myshopify.com/collect…/home-of-the-brave

2) Select from the drop down the state you would like your donation to support. You can also identify a specific city/VA by writing that in the "Special Note to Seller" box on checkout.

3) If you do not wish to specify a state or city, please select "Any State" from the drop-down.

4) You can even order multiple items and ship them to multiple locations-- just specify the quantity you want to go to each location.

All items will be shipped to the VA's in time for volunteers to hand out during the National Salute to Veteran Patients week in February of 2019!

 


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We Did It!

On Day of the Deployed— Friday, October 26, 2018— we had a lofty goal to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels... pack 15,000 care items for service members and veterans in just 15 hours, including 5,000 care packages, 5,000 hygiene kits, and 5,000 box lunches. There were times when this task seemed mountainous, but thanks to some incredible sponsors, volunteers, donors, and supporters, we did it! Learn more about the event here. And if you were a part of the action in San Antonio and eager to see the photos, we will let you know here and on Social Media when the photos are back and ready for you to view!


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Donate Halloween Candy!

Are you candied out from Halloween?? Why not donate that candy to a great cause? Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops Program will ship your donated candy to deployed service members around the world or distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country for a sweet treat. You can even register your business to become a collection site and collect extra candy from your community! This year our goal is to collect 17,000 pounds of candy for our troops and veterans. Click here and search by your zip code to find a location near you. If there is not a drop-off location near you, you can also email InKind@SoldiersAngels.org for a location where you can ship your candy.


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Hop on the Hops for Heroes Bandwagon

This year the Hops for Heroes project celebrated its 7th year of brewing beer to support our military. Breweries from across the country participated by brewing a unique recipe called Homefront IPA. The beer is released on Memorial Day weekend and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA benefit Soldiers' Angels to help us continue our vision of providing aid and comfort to service members, wounded heroes, military families, and veterans of all eras. Soldiers' Angels is now accepting applications from breweries wishing to participate in the 2019 Hops for Heroes program. In order to prevent overlap in distribution, only one brewery per market will be selected to participate. So... if you have a favorite brewery in your area-- help us spread the word about how they can brew to support our military! Learn more here.


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Holiday Stockings for Military and Veterans

Let's come together this holiday season and show our deployed service members and veterans how much we appreciate them! Soldiers' Angels Holiday Community Partner Program works specifically during the holiday season to provide cards, letters, and stuffed stockings for our troops and veterans. As combat deployments have drawn down many charities, including Soldiers' Angels, have discontinued the acceptance of holiday cards and letters to the troops- the volume of cards and letters exceeded our distribution abilities. While most charities will not, Soldiers' Angels will continue to accept your holiday cards and letters from our Holiday Community Partner members only! Each card and/or letter must be placed into a stocking filled with goodies for our troops and veterans. Soldiers' Angels will deliver your stockings to a deployed service member or veteran patient. Registration for this unique holiday program is now open. Learn more or register to pledge stockings here. 


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Cetera® Supports Soldiers' Angels

Soldiers’ Angels was recently honored to receive a donation of $207,000 from Cetera Financial Group®during their Connect18 National Advisor Conference. As a part of the event, Cetera’s philanthropic wing, Caring Cetera, highlighted Soldiers’ Angels. Attendees had the opportunity to show their support of Soldiers’ Angels by writing letters to troops, donating goods for care packages, and making financial contributions. Cetera Financial Group pledged to match donations raised by Connect18 attendees, Cetera-affiliated advisors, and home office staff up to $100,000, resulting in a total donation of $207,000. This donation marks the largest single-source monetary donation to Soldiers’ Angels in recent history.


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How Our Veteran Mobile Food Distributions Work

We receive many questions about how to get involved with Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distributions— from veterans in need of support to volunteers interested in the opportunity to serve our veterans to businesses looking to give back. Take a quick read through our recent blog to learn how and where you can get involved in this fast-growing program. And don't worry, if we're not in a city near you yet, we may be soon! We are scheduled to open up an additional event by the end of this year.


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Adopt-A-Family Open for Registration!

We are excited to announce that our Adopt-A-Family Program is officially open for 2018 registration! Through this unique program, sponsors can ‘adopt’ a qualified military or veteran family for the holiday season. The sponsor will then provide gifts for the children as well as a grocery gift card for the family to put towards their holiday dinner and trimmings. The program is currently open for military and veteran families to register for support. Registration for those interested in supporting military/veteran families will be opening in the coming weeks. For full details on the program and how to register, click here.