Soldiers’ Angels staff is working tirelessly amid the COVID-19 pandemic to provide aid and comfort to deployed service members, their families, and veterans in need. We strongly believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that No Soldier Goes Unloved, No Soldier Walks Alone, No Soldier is Forgotten, Until They All Come Home.
In addition, Soldiers’ Angels is working diligently to create and/or adjust our volunteer opportunities to fit the new landscape of this current Coronavirus pandemic. We understand the difficulties of being stuck at home and limiting your contact with others. And we also understand first-hand how difficult it can be for companies of all sizes to maneuver the challenges of working remotely. However, these new challenges don’t mean you, your families, or your employees can’t still volunteer!! Soldiers’ Angels has been a virtual-focused volunteer organization for the past 17 years! Join our Team of Virtual Angels and provide support to service members and veterans through this crisis and beyond OR take a look at our virtual opportunities that do not require you to join a team or make a long-term commitment.
Join a Virtual Team
Soldiers’ Angels has a number of virtual “Teams” that were already a large part of our core Programs. Below, we have highlighted a few of those Teams in particular because they require very little supplies or require supplies that are easy to acquire through home delivery, such as Amazon.
These opportunities are part of Soldiers’ Angels core programs and your support will continue through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. You would need to join Soldiers’ Angels as a Team Angel first, which does require a monthly donation of $1. Once you are an Angel, you can join any one of our 12 virtual teams. Learn more here.
Mail call overseas is a big deal for service members who could use a lift in spirits. Service members love getting mail no matter who it’s from. Letter writing is a lost art form and the perfect activity for boosting communication skills.
Want to write letters? Join the Soldiers’ Angels Letter Writing Team and get into writing mode.
Soldiers’ Angels also has some branded stationery products that make a great choice for writing to service members and helping them become aware of Soldiers’ Angels at the same time! Take a look at our notepads, pens, stickers, cards, and “Thank You For Your Service” cards here!
Bake Cookies or Other Treats
Baking is a time-honored family tradition. But who needs all that sugar around when you’re cooped up inside? Why not spend time baking and send it to service members who could use a taste of home? The Soldiers’ Angels Angel Bakers Team supports service members by sending a monthly one-time care package of homemade goodies. Cookies, brownies, cakes, and other delicious treats are always a welcomed surprise.
Greeting cards are a fantastic way to let others know you are thinking of them, especially during uncertain times like this. The Soldiers’ Angels Cards Plus Team sends a wide range of cards to deployed service members, veterans, and military families throughout the year. In a time of such uncertainty, these cards are likely to have an even greater impact on those who receive them.
In addition to the great virtual teams mentioned above, Soldiers’ Angels also has the following virtual team options (click the name of the team for full details):
Chaplain Support Team – Support the Chaplains who support our service members.
Deployed Adoptions Team – Support a service member throughout their deployment.
Ladies of Liberty Team – Support female service members with a one-time care package.
Special Operations Forces Team – Support Special Operations and Special Forces service members throughout their deployment.
Adopt-A-Family Team – Support a military family this holiday season.
Baby Brigade – Support expectant spouses of deployed service members and expectant spouses of post-9/11 wounded, ill, or injured service members and veterans by providing virtual baby showers.
Living Legends Team – Support and comfort the loved ones left behind when a warrior falls while in the performance of military duty.
Sewing and Crafting Team – Support veterans, service members and their families by creating handmade gifts.
Women of Valor Team – Support female caregivers of Post 9/11 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.
Unique Virtual Opportunities
Without Joining a Team!
These opportunities are still virtual, but you will not be expected to join a team or continue your support. You can provide as much or as little support to any of these opportunities and it does not require the $1 monthly donation like the Virtual Teams above.
Soldiers’ Angels Go Camo campaign is a great way to support deployed service members with care packages without joining the virtual Deployed Adoptions Team! Soldiers’ Angels sends hundreds of care packages from our headquarters in San Antonio. We are in constant need of snack, hygiene, and downtime items to fill these care packages. Through Go Camo, you can donate needed items or make a monetary donation that will help the care packages continue flowing downrange.
Collect Halloween Candy
Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops collects excess Halloween candy and ships it in by the care package full to deployed troops overseas. They love to receive the sweet treat and reminder of home! Candy is also shared with veterans at VA Hospitals across the country. If you are a business or organization you can register to become a candy collection site. Your collection will be listed on our virtual map and, with the help of our marketing materials, you can help your community repurpose that extra candy!
Please note: Home addresses cannot be registered and listed as collection sites for safety and security reasons. If you want to become a collection site, you must use a business or organization address as your collection address. If you do not have a business or organization but want to participate as an individual and collect candy from your friends and family, you are welcome to do this and you do not need to register. Once you finish collecting, you can find a collection site near you or ship to our headquarters address.
Create Candy Bags
We could use your help bagging candy! During a normal year, Soldiers’ Angels volunteers divide excess Halloween candy into gift-sized baggies, tie a ribbon around the baggie and prepare them to be handed out at various events throughout the holiday season. This year, due to COVID, the availability of our volunteers to come together to do this will be limited. If you’re looking for a great activity at home, we could use your help creating these candy baggies!
Here’s what you do:
- Get some fun-size candy (or use excess Halloween candy after the big night!)
- Using a treat bag or clear plastic baggie, place an assortment of candy in the baggie and secure it with a twist tie or decorative ribbon
- If you would like, you can also attach a small card to the bag of candy that has a simple message like “Thank you for your service!”
- Ship your completed baggies of candy to our headquarters in San Antonio:
- Soldiers’ Angels Candy
- 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107
- San Antonio, Texas 78218
Holiday Stockings for Heroes
The holidays are tough on our troops. Deployments over the holidays can be the toughest time of year for many of our service members. Likewise, veterans who have to stay in the VA Hospital over the holidays miss out on celebrations with their families. Let’s come together and make sure they receive something special! Through Holiday Stockings for Heroes, individuals, businesses, and organizations can collect items and stuff them into a holiday stocking! Soldiers’ Angels will ship the stockings to deployed and deliver them to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country.
Make Holiday Ornaments
Looking for a fun way to keep your hands or your kiddo’s hands busy before the holidays? Make holiday ornaments for deployed service members and veteran patients in VA Hospitals! We will attach the ornaments to holiday stockings that are shipped to deployed and delivered to veterans. If you have pledged to stuff holiday stockings, you are welcome to attach your ornaments to them as well!
Use your creativity and skills to make ornaments! From painted wood ornaments to beaded wreaths and everything in between, your ornaments can be anything you’d like. We have a few guidelines below, but otherwise, up to you. Need some ideas? Check out our Amazon Idea List with some suggested DIY ornament kits that can be delivered to your door > DIY Holiday Ornaments Amazon Idea List.
Guidelines: We are anxious to see where your creativity leads you on these ornaments! BUT, please keep in mind, the ornaments will be attached to a stocking that is packed in a box and shipped thousands of miles. The ornaments you create need to be durable, non-breakable, and able to last through the long journey to their final destination. Below are some general no-no’s, but for anything we may not cover here, please use common sense in terms of what is able to be shipped and what is not.
Once your ornaments are complete, ship them to our office in San Antonio! We’ll take care of the rest.
Ornaments must be shipped to the address below no later than Friday, December 11, 2020.
Soldiers’ Angels Holiday Ornaments
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78218
Have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills? Urgent help is needed to help supply VA Hospitals with masks. As medical supplies continue to run on low supply, healthcare workers are now requesting homemade masks to help protect against COVID-19. We are now accepting donations of masks from anyone, regardless if you are registered as an Angel or not. If you are not currently an Angel, please send your completed masks to Soldiers’ Angels via the address below. If you are a Team Angel, please reach out to your Team Leader before sending your masks.
Send masks to: Soldiers’ Angels 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107 San Antonio, Texas 78218
Here’s a video providing instructions for the preferred type of mask that includes a pocket for the insertion of a filter:
Mission: Cards of Support
Stuck at home in self-quarantine or shelter-in-place orders? Don’t let boredom set in– pick up a pen and greeting card and write a note of support for deployed service members and veterans! After you write your cards, simply include $1 per car card and mail the cards to our headquarters in San Antonio. The cards will be included in care packages that are shipped to deployed service members around the world and will also be sent in bulk to VA’s and veteran-focused assisted living facilities. The $1 will go towards one of the many Soldiers’ Angels programs providing COVID-19 relief and support.
Mail your cards and $1 per card to:Soldiers’ Angels 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107 San Antonio, Texas 78218
Need some supplies? We created an Amazon Idea List to get you started on your card-writing journey. Check it out here.
Make Para-Cord Bracelets
A para-cord bracelet may seem like a small item to include in a care package, but service members love them! Not only are they useful survival items, but creating a para-cord bracelet requires a personal touch and an item that a service member could carry with them at all times. Personal items like this have a tremendous impact on morale and often become cherished by the recipient.
Please Note: Since these bracelets are going to deployed service members, the bracelets must be made from MIL-SPEC cording in the colors black, olive green, tan, or camo only.
All the supplies you need in the correct color and specifications can be found on Amazon! Here’s an Amazon Idea List to get you started.
Mail your completed Para-cord bracelets to:Soldiers’ Angels 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107 San Antonio, Texas 78218
Make No-Sew Blankets
Nothing says I appreciate you like a warm, cozy blanket. Our Sewing & Crafting Team makes No-Sew Blankets all the time for deployed service members, veteran patients, and military families who are expecting. We constantly get thank you notes from recipients who tell us how much they treasure the handmade gift they were given. No-Sew Blankets are easy to make and are a fun activity. Check out instructions here.