On May 5, 2020, Soldiers' Angels is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. As you know, our organization has been working to create new programs and adjust old programs to support the current needs of the military and veteran community. But we can't do it without you. Here's how you can support Soldiers' Angels, our troops, veterans, and military families during Giving Tuesday Now.
As many have experienced in recent weeks, a toilet paper shortage is a very real thing! From photos of empty store shelves where toilet paper was once stacked high to viral videos of people finding new things to do with their toilet paper while in quarantine, the true value of toilet paper will never be overlooked again. But will shortages continue throughout the crisis? Will we experience a 'Round 2' of toilet paper shortages if the second wave of coronavirus returns in the fall as some experts predict? Never fear... we've got your rear! You probably already heard about our contest to win a full pallet of toilet paper... but why toilet paper? Click here to learn why we have the toilet paper and the giving and kindness that we hope to inspire by giving away 1,920 rolls to one lucky winner.
Soldiers' Angels recently had a generous donation of toilet paper and, in addition to giving some away to our veterans, we are giving it away to one lucky winner! The winner will receive an entire pallet of toilet paper!! Yes... a pallet!! 1,920 rolls to be exact. All you have to do is enter for a chance to win. That's the easy part... the hard part will be deciding what to do with all of that white fluffy treasure... keep it all for yourself? Share with friends and family? Share with a deserving organization in your community? Or perhaps you would like to share it with a military unit deployed to support COVID operations? Your call!! If you want to share it with a military unit but don't know of any, never fear, we got your rear! We'll help you identify a military unit and will even cover the cost of shipping the toilet paper. Click through to read the full contest rules and enter for your chance to win: www.SoldiersAngels.org/Giveaway.
As the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis came into focus over the past weeks, Soldiers' Angels began receiving floods of emails from supporters and businesses suggesting that we host a card collection similar to our annual Valentines for Veterans campaign-- so, we did! Mission: Cards of Support is collecting greeting cards along with a $1 per card donation to send to deployed service members and veterans. The donations to this program will help Soldiers' Angels continue our emergency COVID-19 support programs. Click here for full details about Soldiers' Angels Mission: Cards of Support.
Despite our current crisis situation, Americans are desperate to ensure that our deployed service members and veterans know that we are thinking of them and we are grateful for everything they do! Thank you all for your incredible patriotism!!
Much of the world's population is under some type of order to #StayHome in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For many of us (Soldiers' Angels staff included), this means adjusting to a work-from-home lifestyle... which probably also means a large majority of you are trying your best to work while entertaining one or more kids... (<Sigh>... #IFeelYourPain!!!) Or perhaps you are quarantined by yourself and bored out of your mind-- hopefully you're not to the point of making-a-sock-puppet-that-"eats"-cars bored-- but either way, we put together some activities that may just help you to stay busy during this unique time. Even better-- there's a good chance you already have all the supplies you'll need at home! And if not, we put together some Amazon Idea Lists to help you easily order the products you'll need. Best of all... these at-home activities that can keep you busy during quarantine will support our deployed service members and veterans! So, make the best of the extra time that so many of us face... #StayHome #StopTheSpread and #SupportOurTroops! Share photos/videos of your support on our social channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Soldiers' Angels has been providing monthly food assistance to low-income, at-risk and homeless veterans since 2015. As cities continue to shut down and food becomes more difficult to obtain amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was imperative that Soldiers' Angels leadership, staff, and volunteers find a way to continue this much-needed support. Yesterday in San Antonio, the new face of the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distributions came to light. Through gloved hands and masked faces, Soldiers' Angels provided groceries to 200 local San Antonio veterans and their families. Soldiers' Angels will, to the best of our ability, continue to provide Veteran Mobile Food Distributions in all six cities supported by the event throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. View more photos: http://bit.ly/3dcHVtn
Due to the current risk associated with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, many Soldiers’ Angels events are being postponed, delayed, and/or canceled due to the restrictions put forward by the VA Hospitals and Clinics. The events impacted are primarily any events being held within the VA Health System, however, this remains an evolving situation as each VA Hospital is determining their own response in terms of who is and is not allowed within the facility. Some VA’s do not have any restrictions in place as of yet, however, that could change at any time.
If you are a volunteer that has signed up to help at any of the upcoming Veteran Support Events within any VA Hospital supported by Soldiers’ Angels, please reach out to your Soldiers’ Angels contact to verify if that event is still happening. If you are unsure who your Soldiers’ Angels contact is, you can also reach out to Chris at email@example.com or call 210-629-0020.
At this point in time, the events most impacted are:
All Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution events are, at this time, continuing as planned on their scheduled date, time, and location.
Soldiers’ Angels has partnered with Caliber Collision and Farmers Insurance to provide a beautiful, pre-owned vehicle to a deserving military or veteran family in the Atlanta metro area. The vehicle will be given away at an event on April 22.
Candidates interested in this vehicle will need to meet the criteria below and fill out/submit the application for consideration. Submission deadline is Wednesday, March 11. Applications can be emailed to Amy: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications available here: http://bit.ly/2TCH2Bp
To be eligible candidates must:
1 – Have a GA driver’s license
2 - A clean driving record
3 – Ability to secure and maintain insurance coverage
4 – Is a GA resident (Title and Tag will be GA)
5 – Must be able to pass a background screen (i.e. example: no felonies)
6 – Must be available on the event date and must have the family in attendance at the event on April 22
7 - The family may not have a currently working vehicle. This is meant to be the family’s primary means of transportation and not a second vehicle.
8 – Be active duty, guard, reserves or an honorably discharged veteran.
Please provide as much information as possible about the nominee’s situation and their need for a reliable vehicle. A decision will be made by a committee so it is very important that the nominee provide as much detailed information as they are comfortable with and take the time to put together a quality response.
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
We wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration filled with friends, family, and delicious food.
In order to allow our staff time to spend with their families for the holiday, the Soldiers' Angels office will be closed this week as follows:
Normal business hours will resume on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 9:00 am CST.
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.
If you're in Florida this weekend, be sure to check out the Annual Rock for Food Music Festival in Sanford. This great event will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in Orlando, Florida. Learn more by visiting TheAlleyLive.com or check out their Facebook Event here.
Sunday, November 10, 2019 • 1pm - 7pm • 114 S. Park Ave., Sanford, Florida
Can you believe it? It's only Mid-October, but we have almost reached our goal of 15,000 pledged stuffed holiday stockings!! Through the Soldiers' Angels Holiday Community Partner program, individuals, groups, and businesses can pledge to donate stuffed holiday stockings. Soldiers' Angels will ship the stockings to deployed service members and hand them out to veterans in VA Hospitals. If you want to learn more or if you are interested in participating in the stocking drive but haven't registered, please do so soon!! Once we reach our capacity to distribute the stockings, we will be shutting down the registration. Support troops and veterans with stuffed holiday stockings here.
In today's world, it often feels as if kindness was left by the wayside... like way, way, wayside. From being constantly inundated by frightening news of active shooters and grisly acts of war, to the technology addiction that keeps our eyes and our fingers so busy that connecting with those around us becomes an afterthought— the opportunities to feel kind or be kind seem to be less and less.
With that in mind, it is important that we never underestimate the impact of an act of kindness, no matter how small— like this inspiring letter and newspaper article.
Did you know that Day of the Deployed was actually founded by Soldiers’ Angels? Each year on October 26th, we honor the brave men and women who are deployed through this National holiday. Day of the Deployed was first launched in 2006 by then-Governor of North Dakota, John Hoeven, in support of Soldiers’ Angels. The effort spread, and in 2010, 40 states had proclaimed a Day of the Deployed. In 2011, the U.S. Senate passed with 100% yes votes to make the day a National Day of Honor. Learn more about this holiday and how you can show your support.
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.
Registration to become a collection site for this year's Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops campaign is now open! Collect extra Halloween candy from your community by becoming an official candy collection or candy buyback site. Soldiers' Angels will ship the candy to deployed service members and hand out to veteran patients at VA Hospitals across the country. Please note that the collection site is responsible for the cost of shipping the candy to a Soldiers' Angels representative! Before you register, we recommend reading the Treats for Troops FAQ page. Once you are ready to become a collection site, please visit www.SoldiersAngels.org/TreatsForTroops.
Starting on September 10th, 2019, Soldiers’ Angels will be transitioning to a new database. The database is where we store the registration information for all who we support as well as all volunteers. This includes service members, veterans, military families, and all Angel volunteers. During this transition, we will be unable to create a new account in our database OR edit an existing account. We are anticipating that this transition will take anywhere from one week to two weeks.
If you are a service member, veteran, or military family looking to register for support, please do not let this transition discourage you from registering with Soldiers' Angels! We have created a form for you to fill out your basic contact information. Once our new database is up and running, a Soldiers’ Angels representative will contact you to create your complete profile and get you the support you need! Please fill out this form and select the type of support you are looking for from the first question.
If you are interested in volunteering with Soldiers' Angels on any of our virtual teams or at a VA, we ask that you please complete the same form and select "Volunteer: Team Angel" for those interested in supporting virtual teams or "Volunteer: Angel" for those interested in any other volunteer opportunities. A Soldiers' Angels representative will contact you to create your complete volunteer profile as soon as our new database is up and running.
Thank you all for your patience and support during this transition! We will be sure to keep you all updated on the progress of the new database.
We have the chance to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm! If we are awarded this grant, the money will be used to help feed 2,000 veterans and their families through the Soldiers' Angels Hunger Relief program.
Soldiers' Angels is excited to be one of the Top 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant program. But we need your help to rally behind our cause, cast your vote and help us win one of 40 $25,000 grants!
The voting phase is open from 12:00:01 A.M. ET on August 14th until August 23rd at 11:59:59 P.M. ET, and you can vote up to 10 times per day every day for our cause. Winners will be announced on September 25th. Please forward this to your colleagues, friends, and family to vote and help spread the word. Thank you in advance for your support!
Twice per year, Books-A-Million and their customers show their support for our troops and veterans through their Coffee for the Troops campaign. Through this program, customers can purchase a bag of Joe Muggs coffee and write a nice "Thank You!" on the bag of coffee. Books-A-Million corporate also contributes 1 bag of coffee for every 5 bags donated by their customers. This year, their campaign collected a record-breaking amount of coffee--- over 100,000 bags!! We have already begun the process of shipping some of this delicious coffee to our troops overseas but could use your help to cover the cost of shipping even more coffee care packages to our deployed. Donate now and give them the gift of fresh-brewed coffee!!
Our Sewing and Crafting Team has many dedicated Angels who donate their time and talents to show support and help comfort service members, wounded heroes, veterans, and their families. They make scarves, quilts, hats, “No-Sew Blankets”, lap blankets, baby bundlings, chemo caps and other handcrafted items that are distributed to active duty service members, expectant military families, and in VA hospitals around the country. Learn more about Ann, who is one of those talented Angel volunteers. Her incredible hand-made American flag blankets have become a source of comfort for many that we support.
The summer months can be the most challenging for parents. If you don’t have summer camps or activities lined up, you’ve got to get really creative when it comes to finding ways to entertain your little ones (without losing your mind). This is a great opportunity to engage children in volunteer activities and teach them the importance of giving back. Here are some great volunteer activities you can do with your children this summer break!
Since the inception of our Veteran Support Program, Soldiers' Angels has been working with VA staff and the veteran populations we serve to determine where needs exist and where Soldiers’ Angels can meet those needs. Over the years we have had a lot of success with our current list of Veteran Support initiatives, but based on need, we found three more areas that could use our support. Learn about the three new areas of support in the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Program.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone— no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, or culture. It occurs when someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Many of our service members develop PTSD after witnessing and/or experiencing combat. Despite many years of research surrounding the disorder, there are still plenty of misconceptions and many people who go undiagnosed. Here are some things you should know about PTSD.
Wow! We are blown away by this year's Warm Feet for Warriors sock collection campaign!! Our goal was to collect 15,000 pairs of socks for deployed troops and veterans... but our incredible supporters kept those socks coming, and coming, and coming until we completed the campaign with 75,899 pairs of socks! Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign. We are so incredibly grateful for your support of our nation's heroes!
Every move, no matter how big or small is stressful. And if moving is stressful for adults, imagine how stressful the event can be for little ones. This is especially true for military families who often have no choice regarding if they move, when they move, or where they move to. Click here for tips that can assist military families in helping their child cope with moving and relocating.
Blankets are more than a sense of warmth. They are a form of comfort when you’re sick, feeling down, or just need something to curl up with to relax. Think how much warmth and comfort your favorite blanket provides for you when you are cold or lonely. We want to gift that same feeling to veterans in VA Hospitals as well as wounded service members being treated in various facilities. Our annual Blanket Drive has officially begun and will continue through August 31st. Please help us reach our goal of collecting 2,000 blankets for service members and veterans! Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive here.
As you may know, we recently ended our Warm Feet For Warriors Campaign. From February through May, we collected all kinds of socks to give out to our service members and veterans and we were completely overwhelmed by the response to this year's campaign!! In addition to exceeding our goal of collecting 15,000 socks, Tommy John, an underwear and apparel company, decided to MATCH our 15,000 pair goal!! We don't have a final count yet... our warehouse team is busy counting all of the socks that came in over the last week and more donations are arriving daily. We'll be sure to let you know the final count after June 15. Learn more about the collection and Tommy John's incredible match.
Reassignment can be hard on the family. We leave behind friends, schools, and the lives we had begun to create for ourselves. However, there are ways we can ease the transition, and make the move itself as smooth as possible with a bit of planning. Do you have an upcoming reassignment? Check out some of these great moving tips from guest blogger, Amanda Henderson.
You know those really thick braided bracelets you see a lot of military, hikers, survivalists, and first responders wearing? As cool as they look, they are not a fashion statement. They’re called paracord bracelets and are a very necessary survival item. Paracord bracelets actually started as a way for service members and first responders to carry extra cord in a lightweight, compact manner-- and the service members we support love to receive these useful bracelets in care packages! Learn more about how you and your team can make paracord bracelets and get them to our service members.
In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Cricket Wireless is teaming up with Soldiers' Angels to honor our military veterans! Not only will Cricket Wireless be sponsoring all six Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distributions across the country they will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food items in over 350 stores in 6 cities! The collected items will be packaged in Soldiers' Angels Box Lunches for homeless and at-risk veterans.
Collection Drive begins Monday, May 13th, 2019!
We couldn't be more thrilled to be partnering with Cricket Wireless to honor our veterans! Can you help us make this collection drive a success? Click here to learn what items we are collecting as well as the participating stores where you can drop off your items.
Our Veteran Support Program has grown quickly over the last few years and that growth shows no sign of slowing down! Soldiers’ Angels currently works in over 30 VA Hospitals across the country, providing volunteer support, doing patient visits, giving out supplies like box lunches and hygiene kits, and organizing luncheons and other group activities. At each VA site, the team on the ground is completely volunteer-based!! We receive a lot of questions regarding starting a Veteran Support team in a city where we currently are not located-- so we put down some tips to getting started! Click here to learn how you can start a Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Team near you.
Our nation’s service members put their lives on the line for all of us, and one of the ways we thank them is by flying service banners in their honor. Each banner has a specific meaning and is flown at a specific time. This quick guide will tell you when to fly which military service banner and for what occasions.
One of our oldest and most popular virtual teams is our Letter Writing Team. Each year our Letter Writing Angels send hundreds of thousands of letters to deployed service members around the world. Many of our Angels connect with the service members they support and form a fruitful penpal relationship throughout the service members deployment and beyond. But it is also quite common for our Angels to experience what they have termed as "Silent Service Members," or service members that don't respond to letters. Although it can be discouraging not to receive a response, we encourage our Angels to continue to write. Here's why service members may not have the chance to write back.
We’re proud to partner with Caliber Collision for the 3rd Annual Dallas Cowboys Military Combine on April 13th. It’s a FREE day of family fun on the field at ATT Stadium in Arlington, with bounce houses, games, concessions and more. Watch 50 elite military heroes take to the turf and compete in six official NFL Combine drills. Dallas Cowboys Alumni and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will be available for pictures and autographs. Learn more at calibercollision.com/militarycombine
We’re so excited to announce that the Soldiers' Angels Atlanta Volunteer Coordinator Travies Mims has been chosen as a JABY Inc. 2019 Veteran’s International Trailblazer Award recipient! The International Trailblazer Awards are all about “honoring regular people doing outstanding things in the community” - which is exactly what Travies is all about. Learn more about this incredible Soldiers' Angels Angel volunteer.
We are excited to announce that we are growing! In order to accommodate our growth, we are moving to a new location. Our new address is:
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78218
Please update your records and direct all future correspondence, in-kind donations, or cash donations to the new address.
Please pardon any delays in email responses through Friday, March 15th as our staff move and get settled.
Thank you for your continued support!
Although women were not always allowed to serve in the military, it didn’t stop them from serving, making history, and in some cases saving lives. March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time to highlight some amazing women who have selflessly served in our armed forces -- here are just a few.
One of the most remarkable things about George H.W. Bush’s experiences is not his dedication to public service, nor the historical mark he left on America as our 41st president. It’s the fact that his life story has so much in common with the veterans and service members of today: what led him to a life of service, the challenges he faced both after serving in the war and as he aged, and the solutions that he found - that can also work for the larger veteran community. Learn more about President George H.W. Bush's life, legacy, and service to our country.
Sherryn, a single mother from Denver, Colorado is a 5x survivor of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). Sherryn’s battle with heart problems is actually what led her to Soldiers’ Angels— the therapy of writing letters to deployed service members has given her an outlet to overcome the fears and manager the stress related to her medical condition. Meet Sherryn in our latest blog and learn how volunteering with Soldiers' Angels has become one of her most useful tools in coping with the effects of her Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection symptoms.
Believe it or not, one of the items that is most requested from service members and veterans is socks! Just think how nice a brand new pair of socks feel when you slip your feet in... Soldiers' Angels wants to help keep the toes of our troops and veterans feeling toasty, and you can help! Start a sock collection drive & send us NEW socks in all colors and sizes in their original packaging. We will distribute the socks to veterans in VA Hospitals and include in our care packages to deployed. The collection dates will run from February 15 - May 31st.
Send your socks to:
Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78218
One man has made it his personal quest to get The Rock to join him in the well-known intense CrossFit workout, The Murph-- and he's doing it all just to give back to service members and veterans while raising awareness about the work Soldiers' Angels is doing to support them. Learn more about this man's fitness challenge and how you can help us get The Rock to join him!
Thanks to the generosity of so many people, Soldiers’ Angels was able to serve 1,007 families over the holidays through the Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program. Out of that, 675 families were new and had never received Adopt-A-Family support from Soldiers' Angels in the past. In our recent blog, we interview one family supported through the Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program and how their adopter made their holiday special... even though their deployed service member couldn't be there to celebrate with them.
Huge Thank You to The Florida Panthers for their incredible support! From January 15th through their Military Appreciation Game Night on Friday, January 18th, The Florida Panthers hosted and participated in several activities to give back to the military and veteran community. On Tuesday, Panthers employees participated in a packing event with Soldiers' Angels making 20 Blankets, packing 200 Hygiene Kits and packing 200 Box Lunches. Wednesday and Thursday the Florida Panthers President and CEO, Matthew Caldwell, along with their mascot, Stanley, and Roar Core cheerleaders spent the day visiting the West Palm Beach VA and Miami VA. The group visited with veteran patients and handed out the blankets, hygiene kits, and box lunches from Tuesday. On game night, Friday, Florida Panthers fans had the opportunity to say "Thank You for Your Service" by filling out Thank You cards during the game. It was an incredible week with the Panthers and we are so grateful for their support of Soldiers' Angels and our troops and veterans. Take a look at all of the photos from the Florida Panthers week with Soldiers' Angels.
Serving in the military comes with an array of benefits for you, your spouse, and your family, some of which you may not even be aware. Once you have left military service, the Veterans benefits available are meant to provide financial assistance for a variety of reasons. From affordable home loans and healthcare to disability and pension payments for your lifetime, having an understanding of the benefits you may be entitled to is an important part of your discharge. However, knowing what you may have access to and the process of getting the benefits you deserve can be daunting tasks. This guest blog is a guide to help navigate what Veterans benefits you are eligible for and how to go about receiving it.
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 2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 310, San Antonio, Texas 78217. Learn more about Soldiers' Angels Valentines for Veterans.
We are often blown away by the generosity and engagement of our corporate partners. It’s thanks to them that we are able to do so much for service members and veterans. One example of that is Home Depot. They have pledged stockings for our Holiday Community Partner Program for three years in a row. Each year, they increase the number of stockings donated. Read Volume 3 of our annual series here.
Every year, our Chaplain Support Team sends stockings overseas to hand out to the units they support. This year, we got the opportunity to interview one of the Chaplains we serve, who was kind enough to take pictures of the service members receiving their stockings. Read the full story and check out the photos here.
Urgent help needed! The Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program still has many military and veteran families that have not been adopted for the holiday season!! Which means there are tons of military children who are at risk of waking up on Christmas morning to no gifts under the tree.
Tomorrow (December 15, 2018) is the cutoff date for these families to be matched with individuals willing to support them so that gifts have enough time to arrive before Christmas Day.
Can you help?? Angels on the Adopt-A-Family Team provide gifts for the children as well as a grocery gift card for the family to put towards their holiday meal. You can learn more about the program here.
Ready to help now? Register with Soldiers' Angels as a Team Angel here.
Once you are registered as a Team Angel and have access to the Angel database, you will be able to log in to your account and get assigned to a military/veteran family in need.
Want to help but don't have time to take care of the gifts? You can also donate to our Adopt-A-Family GoFundMe campaign. This money will be used to provide last-minute gift cards to any families that are not adopted before Christmas.
Can you believe the holidays are upon us yet again? As many of us are putting up our holiday decorations or preparing to celebrate with friends and family, there are thousands of deployed service members that will not have that luxury. Let's come together and give a gift to our deployed troops to show them our gratitude for their service and sacrifice! Something they really want and may not have access to— coffee!
Donate here: http://bit.ly/2RVzszA
Thanks to Books-A-Million's most recent Coffee for the Troops campaign, we have tons of delicious Joe Muggs coffee ready and waiting to be sent to our troops. We just need your help to cover the cost of shipping.
The Soldiers' Angels office will be closed on the following days to allow staff to spend time with family. We are so grateful for your continued support and wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
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.
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.
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.
In recent years, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become a global day of philanthropy known as #GivingTuesday. Individuals from around the world come together to support thier favorite charity through donations. In 2017, over $300 Million was donated to charities around the world. #GivingTuesday will return this year on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. Please show your support for our military service members, wounded heroes, military families, and veterans of all eras by supporting Soldiers' Angels. To encourage the spirit of giving, Facebook and PayPal have partnered to offer a match to all donations made through Facebook! Make your donations go even further on #GivingTuesday by donating via the Soldiers' Angels Facebook Fundraiser here. Don't have a lot to give? That's okay— a share is worth a million words! Share our fundraiser link on your personal social media channels and tell the world why you support Soldiers' Angels. Simply copy and paste this link to your accounts: http://bit.ly/2ByXVoQ
The Soldiers' Angels office will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 to allow our staff to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with their families. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 26 at 9:00 am CST. Happy Thanksgiving!
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 here. There 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!
INDIVISIBLE is the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather, whose lives are fully devoted to serving God, family, and country. But when war etches deep battle scars—both overseas and on the home front—the Turners’ rock-solid marriage is shaken to its core. Soldiers' Angels is a proud partner of this movie. For the first time ever, a movie was created about a service member that still maintains active duty status. Learn more here about this ground-breaking movie and how you can support deployed Chaplains just like Darren Turner.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year, Soldiers’ Angels is celebrating 15 years of support for our deployed service members, wounded heroes, military families, and veterans of all eras. 15 years is a huge milestone, which is why we’re celebrating it in a BIG WAY! On the Day of the Deployed (October 26, 2018), we’re hosting an anniversary celebration in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about the event and how you can participate.
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.
Thanks to all of the incredible support we received from businesses, groups, and individuals across the country, we met our goal of collecting 1,000 blankets for deployed service members and veteran patients in VA Hospitals! It was very close... but thanks to a last-minute push for help to meet our goal, we received 1,002 blankets. The blankets will be shipped to deployed service members and personally delivered to veteran patients staying in VA Hospitals. Although our official blanket drive is over, please don't hesitate to send us blankets throughout the year. With a presence in more than 35 VA Hospitals across the country, blankets are one of the best comfort items we can provide to veterans to bring them warmth and comfort during their hospital stay!
It's easy to take hygiene items for granted. If you run out of toothpaste, just run to a store and refill your supply. For veteran patients staying in VA Hospitals and homeless veterans, that simple task is not quite so easy. Soldiers' Angels volunteers distribute thousands of prepackaged hygiene kits every year to provide veterans with essential hygiene items. Later this year, we will be packing and shipping 15,000 care items, including 5,000 hygiene kits, to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels. In Part 3 of our special 3-part blog series, we take a look at the reason behind hygiene kits as well as how we're making it all happen. Learn more about Providing Essentials For Our Veterans Through Hygiene Kits.
It is no secret that veteran homelessness is an issue in our country. With tens of thousands of homeless veterans and more than a million veterans considered "at risk," the numbers are shocking. Through the Soldiers' Angels Hunger Relief Program, thousands of Box Lunches are distributed to VA Caseworkers who provide the food to veterans who may not otherwise know where their next meal is coming from. Later this year, we will be packing and shipping 15,000 care items, including 5,000 box lunches, to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels. In Part 2 of our special 3-part blog series, we take a look at the process and planning of getting these Box Lunches assembled and into the hands of the veterans that need them most. Learn more about What it Takes to Supply a Box Lunch to a Veteran.
Ever wondered what it takes to ship a care package to a deployed service member? Later this year, we will be packing and shipping 15,000 care items, including 5,000 care packages, to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels. In Part 1 of our special 3-part blog series, we take an in-depth look at the process of getting those care packages to our troops— from collecting the items to the service member hearing their name called during mail call— learn more about The Care Package Journey.
2018 marks the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels! To commemorate this special occasion, we are hosting an ambitious packing project on October 26 where we will be packing 15,000 care items for troops and veterans in just 15 hours! 5,000 care packages, 5,000 box lunches, and 5,000 hygiene kits. Be a part of the celebration by donating items or cash for the 15,000 care items; becoming an event sponsor; or by hosting your own collection drive or packing event! Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels 15th Anniversary Celebration.
It can be a difficult feat to find a way to give back as a family. With busy schedules and varying interests, getting everyone in the family to participate in the same activity is most definitely a challenge. But with some dedicated research, it can be done! That's how the Ayers Family found Soldiers' Angels. A retired military family, they knew their passion was to provide support to the military community. They also enjoy quilting together as a family— so when they saw the Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive, they knew it was a perfect fit. Read their story here and get some inspiration on finding a way your family can come together to give back.
Military life can present many unique challenges for military children. From a parent deploying to the entire family PCSing, the schedules and routines of military children are constantly being disrupted. Those disruptions can often lead to unhealthy eating habits and even other unhealthy choices, such as drugs and alcohol. Guest blogger, Amanda Henderson, takes a look at some ways to incorporate healthful choices and activities into busy schedules.
The Soldiers' Angels office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 9:00 am CDT.
June 27 may seem like any other day for many people. But for those suffering from PTSD, today is a day to stand up and spread the word about this debilitating and often deadly disorder. Today is National PTSD Awareness Day: a day to talk openly about PTSD, discuss causes and symptoms, and, most importantly, encourage those who may be suffering in silence to reach out and ask for help. In observance of this important day of awareness, we present a special blog written by one of our team members, David. After serving as a Combat Medic in the Army for six years during the early years of Operation Iraqi Freedom, David has endured the effects of service-related PTSD for the past 12 years. Speaking publicly about his disorder for the first time, he has agreed to share his story with us in hopes that it will encourage others to do "the bravest thing that those of us that suffer from this illness can do"— seek help. Read his story here.
PTSD can be debilitating for those who suffer with it. It can break up families, lead to substance abuse, and in some cases end in suicide. But our heroes don’t have to suffer in silence. There are effective treatments and many resources out there for those who suffer. Today is PTSD Awareness Day. Please share this list of PTSD Resources on all your social channels. You never know who may be suffering in silence that may benefit from the help these resources can provide.
Soldiers' Angels hosted the first of what will now be a monthly Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in Orlando, Florida on Friday, June 15. The event provided approximately 50 pounds of food to 200 veterans and their families. This event is now held monthly in 6 cities across the country: Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; Orlando, Florida; and San Antonio, Texas. If you are a veteran in need of food assistance and living in one of those cities, click here to sign up to receive text notifications about future food distribution events.
We're halfway to our goal!! The Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive has been running since May 1st and this year our goal is to collect 1,000 blankets for deployed troops and veterans. As of now, we have received 505 donated blankets and the Blanket Drive will be collecting new or handmade blankets through July 31! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this campaign! For anyone interested in donating or learning more, please visit: www.soldiersangels.org/BlanketDrive
Thanks to a program called Recycled Rides™ by the National Auto Body Council, deserving veterans across the country are receiving much-needed vehicles. Soldiers' Angels recently partnered with Caliber Collision and GEICO to provide Leon, a homeless veteran in Seattle, with a car. Leon and his family were living out of their own car for several months before that vehicle was totaled in an accident and left the family without shelter. Leon has since received a promotion at work and found stable housing for his family. The only missing piece was a vehicle. Read Leon's full story here.
The Soldiers' Angels Special Operations Forces Team (SOFT) is a group of veteran Angels whose mission is to support the elite military service members that make up the United States Special Operations Forces. As you can imagine, Special Operations Forces troops rarely get any pampering. They are trained to go on special missions that tend to be in remote, hard-to-reach locations. It is not uncommon that Angels on our SOF Team never hear anything back from the service members they support. The sensitivity and remoteness of the missions of these service members often hinder them from having the time or ability to stay in contact with their Angel. That is what makes this 'Thank You' to our SOF Team so special.
School's out for summer! Hopefully, if you have little ones at home, you have already mapped out a plan for summer camps, activities and fun. But... did you include any charitable activities in those summer plans? Teaching your children about giving at a young age will instill a sense of philanthropy that will grow with them for the rest of their lives. There are thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States that support an array of causes. If your child is interested in supporting something specific, check out GreatNonprofits to search by city or issue. If your child is interested in supporting our troops and veterans, we've got you covered! Just check out our blog with all of the many ways kids can get involved with Soldiers' Angels.
The type of support we provide here at Soldiers’ Angels is not the only support needed by our military, their families, and our veterans. We are often asked about resources for financial support as, unfortunately, many of our heroes and their families fall on hard times during or after deployment. Although there are many organizations out there that provide this type of assistance, we put together a reference list of charities that we have worked with and vetted. Click through to our blog to learn more about how these organizations can help you.
Memorial Day 2018 marked the 7th annual brewing of a very special beer: Homefront IPA. Craft breweries from across the country participate in making this special beer and 100% of the proceeds are donated to Soldiers' Angels to support our mission of providing aid and comfort to our troops, military families, wounded heroes, and veterans of all eras. This year, we were very excited to have a new partner in the project, Veteran Bat Company. Learn more about Veteran Bat Company and how these bats play a special role in brewing Homefront IPA.
The final count from the 2018 Warm Feet for Warriors sock collection drive is IN! Our goal was to collect 8,000 pairs of socks... but we actually collected... drum roll please... 14,111 pairs of socks!!! Thank you all SO MUCH for your incredible support of this initiative! Because we use socks in care packages and at VA Hospitals so frequently throughout the year, we will gladly accept sock donations at any time (donations just won't count towards Warm Feet for Warriors). Otherwise, join us next February for the 2019 Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors collection drive!
Memorial Day 2018 will mark the 7th annual brewing of a very special beer that helps our men and women in uniform: Homefront IPA. The Hops for Heroes project was started in 2011 when soon-to-be brewery owner and major league pitcher Chris Ray approached Matt Lincecum from Fremont Brewing about brewing a beer for charity. Learn more about this program and the participating craft breweries.
The Soldiers' Angels office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00 am, CST.
Zurich North America participated in our 2017 Warm Feet for Warriors sock drive. Employees came together across the country and collected over 3,000 pairs of socks from six different locations! We touched base with Zurich this year to learn more about how and why the company got involved with Soldiers' Angels. Learn more about their company and the benefit of getting your company involved in giving back.
Soldiers' Angels is proud to announce that our Veteran Mobile Food Distribution program will be opening soon in Orlando, Florida. The event will provide monthly food assistance to over 200 low-income, at-risk, and homeless veterans in the Orlando area. The inaugural distribution will occur this June. Please be sure to Like our Facebook page so you can stay up-to-date with the latest information on this event. More information will be coming soon!
In 2008 on the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day, Soldiers' Angels founder, Patti Patton-Bader received the surprise of a lifetime— she won the title of America's Favorite Mom, a contest created by Teleflora and NBC. With awards, television appearances, and more, Patti was honored not only for her title of "mom" to her family, but also the work that she did for service members around the world by creating Soldiers' Angels. Although it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, surprisingly, that is not Patti's favorite Mother's Day memory— but this was...
Employees from two different locations collected socks for the Soldiers’ Angels Warm Feet for Warriors sock drive. Their Arkansas location collected 410 pairs and their Atlanta location collected 593 pairs—a total of 1,003 pairs of socks that will be handed out to veteran patients in VA hospitals across the country and shipped to deployed service members around the world!
One of the unique ways our volunteers give back to veterans is to perform patient visits at VA Hospitals around the country. Whenever we have blankets to give, the volunteers will present a blanket to the patient during that visit. Hospitals can be cold and your own special blanket helps make the stay a little bit better. We also like to send blankets to the deployed service members we support. Although they may not need the blanket for warmth like the veteran patients, the blanket does provide comfort. Simple reminders of home, like blankets, are often what help service members make it through long, hard deployments. Although we accept donations of blankets at any time during the year, we are currently running our Annual Blanket Drive from now through August 31st. Learn more here and help us provide warmth and comfort to our veterans and deployed.
Thanks to Girl Scouts from across the country, we have over 35,000 boxes of delicious Girl Scout cookies ready and waiting to be shipped to deployed service members... but we need your help to ship them out as soon as possible before the summer heat sets in. No one likes melted cookies!
$18 will get 10 boxes of cookies to our troops!
Starting your own business may seem like a challenge— but if you're a veteran living with mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, the low-stress option of running your own gig-based business may be an option worth exploring. With additional flexibility, control over how much or how little you work, and an increase in tax-deductions, more and more people are creating their own opportunities by running gig-based businesses. In our recent blog, guest blogger Jenny Wise details some reasons why gig-based businesses may just be a great fit for veterans.
The count is in!! We are very excited to announce that we have exceeded our Warm Feet for Warriors goal of collecting 8,000 pairs of socks for troops and veterans!! Thanks to all of you, we collected 10,348 pairs of socks & COUNTING!!! The boxes continue to flood in this week and we couldn't be more grateful for all of the amazing support! If you just ended your collection drive or are in the process of sending in your socks, don't worry-- we will update the count later in the month. We know there were many drives that ended in the last few days and we absolutely want your collections to be counted towards our drive. The FINAL count will be determined on May 18-- so just have your socks here before that day. Thank you all!
The Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors sock collection drive is nearing an end and we have almost reached our goal of collecting 8,000 pairs of socks for troops and veterans! The collection drive has been happening since February 15 and will officially wrap up on Monday, April 30th. There is still plenty of time to contribute to the campaign and help us reach our goal— just check out our AmazonWishList and order directly from Amazon to be shipped to our headquarters in San Antonio.
We’re continuing our blog series for National Volunteer Week with two more volunteer interviews. In case you missed our first blog of this series, Volunteering Their Hearts Out [Part 1], this week is National Volunteer Week. Soldiers' Angels is honored to have over 12,000 registered volunteers from all over the world. We are so incredibly grateful for the time, energy, heart, and passion they put into giving back to our military and veterans. We would love to tell you about all 12,000--- but since that may be tough, we are featuring just a few of the volunteers who logged the most volunteer hours in 2017. Click here to read Part 2 of our Volunteer Week blog, Volunteering Their Hearts Out [Part 2].
This week is National Volunteer Week - a week for recognizing the efforts of those who give their time and talents for the greater good. Volunteers are the salt of the earth. They understand what it means to give back to the community, they are passionate about the causes they serve, and so giving of their time. We are honored to have over 12,000 registered volunteers across the country who are passionate about supporting our Nation’s troops, veterans, and military families. We wanted to personally honor and recognize each and every one of our volunteers in a blog, but, well... that would be a really long blog! Instead, we are highlighting just a few of the volunteers who logged the most volunteer hours on their particular team in 2017. Learn more about these amazing volunteers and why they love doing what they do.
Despite creating social opportunities for veterans at VA Hospitals and other locations across the country, it often takes more than just event planning to encourage veterans to interact. For Soldiers' Angels volunteer Allison, her recipe to engage veterans was perfected through her development of the dinner program at the Denver VA. Learn more about how she crafted her recipe and how her event turned from just a monthly dinner into "Vets Feeding Vets."
Providing care to a wonded hero is a full-time job. The scars of war can be overwhelming if not debilitating and often, invisible. The struggles that come with providing this constant care can take a serious toll on both caregivers and their families. The Soldiers' Angels Women of Valor Team supports female caregivers of Post 9/11 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Autumn is just one of the many resilient female caregivers who is being supported by the Soldiers' Angels Women of Valor Team— this is her story.
Did you know that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month? The month was founded by the United States Postal Service to improve writing skills and literacy and preserve the tradition of writing. Here at Soldiers' Angels, we have two teams of Angels that get regular practice enhancing their writing skills-- the Cards Plus Team and the Letter Writing Team. Both teams support deployed service members through handwritten or typed cards and letters. Learn more about the great things these teams are doing and how you can get involved.
March is Women's History Month and, if you follow our social media accounts, we've been regularly highlighting women in our history who have paved the way for women today. But not all sheroes are in the past. Among the many brave women currently in our Armed Forces, there is one in particular we would like to shine a light on: Kaylan Harrington. We’ve talked about Kaylan before - and even helped her with one of her many projects but we haven’t shared the results of ALL of her efforts. Read on to learn more about this inspiring, modern day shero.
This month is Military Caregivers Appreciation Month at Soldiers’ Angels and we’re highlighting a few of the amazing caregivers who are supported by our Angels on the Women of Valor Team. Caregiving can take a serious toll on both caregivers and their families. On a daily basis, these women face isolation, physical/verbal abuse, exhaustion, and other challenges that come with caring for a military hero who has both invisible and visible scars. Meet Valerie and learn more about her journey of providing care for her wounded hero.
Have you ever noticed that petting a dog or cat has a calming effect on you? This is why there are therapy dogs! While we don't do anything with therapy dogs at Soldiers' Angels, we get a lot of questions from people interested in training their dog to be a therapy dog and we just happen to have a former employee who went through the process. Mary, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, and her dog Daisy became quite a hit with veteran patients at the VA!
The United States has millions of brave veterans who have served the country and sacrificed a lot for our freedoms. Some of those veterans are human and some are Canine! That’s right, we have K9 Veterans as well and March 13th of every year is a day to honor them. Read more about some of our countries most recognized K9 Veterans.
March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor women who have come before us to serve this great country. There are so many women in our military who have paved the way for women now. We asked our Facebook friends to tell us a little bit about their favorite military sheroes. Here’s what they had to say.
Sometimes we are blown away by citizens who want to honor our military. Race car driver Jordan Eddleman is one of them. Jordan reached out to us to get permission to use the Soldiers’ Angels logo on his race car*. Not because he is a veteran - or because someone in his family is. Simply because he wants to honor our military in some way. Learn more about Jordan in our most recent blog.
What if you were injured and no longer had the ability to use your computer - or text from your phone? Think about how much we use technology in everyday life to communicate with others and make life easier. When Captain Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss was injured in Iraq and lost the use of his hands, that scenario became very real for him. Working with Soldiers' Angels, his injuries inspired the creation of an entire program, Valor IT.
The Soldiers' Angels Women of Valor Team provides direct support and encouragement to caregivers of wounded, ill, or injured service members. Recently, the team made some important changes to ensure that our Angels are able to reach as many caregivers as possible. But we need more help to fulfill the important task of supporting the amazing women behind American's wounded heroes! Learn more about the Wome of Valor Team, their recent changes and how you can help.
We need your help! We rely on social media to share stories, gain support for our latest efforts, recruit people for our programs, and spread the word about the work that we do. But since the Facebook newsfeed change, we are finding it harder and harder to show up to our fans. Here's how you can help.
Thank you all so much for sharing the love with veterans and deployed during this year's Valentines for Veterans campaign! We received over 2,000 Valentine's Day cards from people of all ages and all skill levels. The beautiful cards were so full of love, we are absolutely sure the veterans and service members who received these cards were very grateful. Check out our latest blog to see more Valentines!
We are extremely excited to announce that Soldiers' Angels Angel volunteer, Susan Cookus, has been named the 2016/2017 NAC Female Volunteer of the Year by The National Advisory Committee for the VA's Voluntary Services! Susan is the Soldiers' Angels VA Representative at the Little Rock and North Little Rock VA in Arkansas. Her dedication to providing comfort and support to the veteran patients in the hospital is beyond inspiring. Learn more about this amazing Angel and her well-deserved recognition as Volunteer of the Year.
Craving that new car smell? If you’re in San Antonio, make Northside Ford your only stop for your new and used car needs! Not only are they offering great deals on a huge selection of new and used vehicles, but they are also donating $100 to Soldiers’ Angels for every great deal they deliver in the month of February! Veterans and Active-Duty Military also get an additional discount! Visit their website to check out their great selection of new and used cars.
Last year we launched a new campaign called Warm Feet for Warriors-- collecting new socks for deployed service members and veterans in VA Hospitals. We began with a small goal of collecting 1,000 pairs, and, thanks to all of you, we blew that goal out of the water and collected over 8,500 pairs!! Warm Feet is back in 2018 and we would love to collect at least 8,000 pairs once again. The collection will run from February 15 to April 30. Learn more about how you can participate in Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors.
There is something special about popcorn. That salty, buttery taste is irresistible and brings back memories of movie theaters, carnivals, and all kinds of special events. We want to help our deployed service members savor those tasty memories! Thanks to our continued partnership with Trail's End, we have thousands of bags of popcorn to ship to deployed. But we need your help to get the popcorn shipped to deployed service members! Shipping one care package filled with popcorn costs just $18 and has a huge impact on the morale of our heroes and sheroes! Can you help us by covering the cost of shipping of one or more boxes?
We’ve been thinking for a while that it was time to give our Operation Top Knot team a fresh name. One that captures what the team was all about. We put the idea out there and asked our angels what they thought. They all pitched in name ideas and we took a vote: Soldiers’ Angels Baby Brigade was the winner! This name truly captures what the team is all about: military babies! Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Baby Brigade Team and how you can help military babies.
Thanks to a program called Recycled Rides™ by the National Auto Body Council, deserving veterans across the country are receiving much-needed vehicles. In 2017, Soldiers’ Angels was proud to partner with Caliber Collision to donate 8 Recycled Rides vehicles to deserving veterans. In 2018, Soldiers’ Angels and Caliber Collision are back at it with the hopes of changing even more veteran lives. The first car giveaway of the year happened on January 11th, 2018 in San Jose, California and we are looking forward to many more to come this year.
Getting back into the swing of civilian life is tough for former active duty men and women. It is especially difficult for veterans with mental health concerns such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Thankfully, America’s heroes are not alone in their quest for gainful employment and entrepreneurship. The following advice and resources can help.
The numbers are in and WOW! We received so much incredible support during the 2017 Holiday season! Thank you to everyone who participated in donating candy to Treats for Troops or put together stuffed holiday stockings for the Holiday Community Partner Program or adopted entire military/veteran families. We are very proud to showcase the amazing impact of these holiday programs. Take a look at these numbers...
Receiving something as small as a card can have a huge impact on the morale of a deployed service member or the morale of a veteran patient at a VA Hospital. This Valentine's Day, be sure to help us spread the love to our brave heroes and sheroes by sending Valentine's Day cards and $1 per card to the Soldiers' Angels Valentines for Veterans campaign. With your help, we will ship these cards to deployed and hand out in person at VA Hospitals across the country. Need some inspiration to get your cards started? Check out our Valentines for Veterans blog with tips, inspiration, and photos of past valentines.
Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distributions have become a staple for thousands of low-income, at-risk, and homeless veteran families in cities across the country. The event provides approximately 50 pounds of supplemental food assistance to the registered families in the form of fresh produce, non-perishable food items, and meat. Currently, the distribution occurs monthly in five cities: Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; and San Antonio, Texas. Soldiers' Angels is in the process of opening additional cities in 2018. Click here to watch our video about the Soldiers' Angels Mobile Food Distributions to learn more.
We think our Angels are already some of the most amazing, kind, and selfless individuals on the planet-- but even Angels have resolutions to be better at what they do best! We asked our Angels what their Soldiers’ Angels resolutions were this year. Here is what they resolve to do in 2018...
Can you believe the end of the year is here? Now is a great time to give a year-end gift and be a hero for our heroes! Your continued support makes a huge impact on the lives of service members, veterans, wounded heroes and military families around the world. Even better, your contributions are tax deductible. Give a gift before time runs out! And be sure to check out the fun year-end poem we created with the help of some of the service members we support!
Every year during the holiday season, we are blown away by the incredible support we see from our Angel volunteers, supporters, donors, and community partners. This year, we want to shine some light on one Angel volunteer who has gone above and beyond for our service members, wounded heroes, veterans and military families. Our latest blog features Angel Barbara and her amazing team of elves, I mean co-workers, at the Military Service Network at Barclaycard. Not only did her team adopt 8 large families (49 kids and 16 adults!!)-- but they also donated stuffed stockings, contributed a monetary donation, and more! Read the full story about this amazing Angel and her team.
Last year, The Home Depot Regional Office in Canton, Massachusetts collected over 400 stockings for the Soldiers' Angels Holiday Community Partner Program-- beating their original pledge of collecting 50 stockings. This year, they are back and have blown their 2017 goal even further out of the water-- they pledged 500 and collected 1,401! Read our latest blog post to learn more about this incredible group and see their latest stocking images.
The Soldiers' Angels office will be closed on the following days during Christmas to allow staff to spend time with family. We are so grateful for your continued support and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Friday, December 22, 2017 - Closed
Monday, December 25, 2017 - Closed
Friday, December 29, 2017 - Close at 1:00 pm CST
Monday, January 1, 2017 - Closed
On November 21st, more than 200 volunteers, including 76ers players and coaches, Toyota employees, and military service members worked together to give back. They packaged 2,000 holiday stockings, 2,000 hygiene kits and 1,000 boxed lunches for deployed service members, and veterans at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Philadelphia. Read the full story and check out some of the photos on our latest blog post.
Thanks to the continued support from the Books-A-Million Coffee for the Troops campaign, we have a new shipment of delicious Joe Muggs coffee that is ready to be shipped to our deployed service members. Believe it or not, coffee is one of the most requested items from our deployed and they are always thrilled to receive it! Please help us get this coffee to our troops by donating now! A contribution of just $18 will provide 496 cups of coffee for deployed.
This year we set a new record--- 13,000 stuffed holiday stockings pledged through our Holiday Community Partner Program! Individuals, businesses, and organizations have stepped up in a huge way this year to spread some holiday cheer to deployed service members and veterans. From contributions of 1 stocking to over 1,400 stockings, each and every partner in this program is helping to ensure that our military heroes and sheroes know we remember and support them. The stockings are flowing in to our headquarters in San Antonio and to our VA Representatives across the country. Take a look at our Facebook album to see just some of the amazing stockings that are on their way to troops and veterans!
The Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program will be closing registration to applications from military/veteran families today (Monday, December 4th, 2017) at 5:00pm CST. Registration for individuals and businesses interested in adopting a family will remain open.
Adopting an entire family through the Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program can be a big request, which is why we also run a GoFundMe campaign for anyone who just wants to pitch in. We get hundreds of applications each year for military families hoping to receive holiday support. Your donations to this campaign will help us provide gifts for military children and holiday meals for military families. Learn more about how your donations will help spread holiday cheer.
'Tis the season of giving! Whether you choose to support Soldiers' Angels or another charity of your choice, we want you to be safe and aware while making charitable donations or deciding what charity to support.
Keep reading for a special blog post in collaboration with ConsumerSafety.org, that includes tips to consider before you kick off your spirit of giving.
The Soldiers' Angels office will be closed on the following days during Thanksgiving to allow staff to spend time with family. We give thanks to each of you for your support. Warm wishes to your and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 22 - Office Closing at 12:00 noon CST
Thursday, November 23 - Office Closed
Friday, November 24 - Office Closed
Take your #GivingTuesday donations to a whole new level this year! Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering to create even more incentive to give: a $2 Million match! All donations made through Facebook charitable tools on #GivingTuesday will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit or $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button! So be sure to follow the Soldiers' Angels Official Facebook Page on Tuesday, November 28th for opportunities to make your gift go even further. Even better? You can rally together your own friends and family to donate to Soldiers' Angels via your personal Facebook page by creating a Facebook Fundraiser, adding a Donate button to your posts, or going Live and including a Donate button. The donations you collect from your fundraising efforts will also be matched! Read our latest blog post to learn more about how you can help on #GivingTuesday.
Being a caregiver for a wounded, ill or injured veteran can be extremely difficult. Many caregivers spend so much time taking care of their family that they forget to care for themselves. That's why Soldiers' Angels created the Women of Valor Team-- to help ensure our female military caregivers are pampered, loved, and provided with the necessary support materials to help them along their journey. Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Women of Valor Team and how you can help support caregivers.
Birthdays are a big deal on Facebook. Months before your Birthday, select friends are prompted to start planning a party for you and on your actual Birthday your friends are all notified and prompted to post on your timeline. The result is a wall full of Birthday wishes that make your special day a little more special. In an effort to be a little more charitable, Facebook has a fun new Birthday feature that we’re really excited about! Now, you can DONATE your Birthday and raise funds for a charity-- including Soldiers' Angels!
This past weekend, we celebrated Veterans Day. A time to recognize and show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our current military service members and veterans of all generations. Here at Soldiers' Angels, we have a team that is dedicated to recognizing our veterans year-round, the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Team. Through a variety of unique programs, this team tirelessly support our veterans at VA Hospitals, Stand Downs, Mobile Food Distributions and more. Learn more about this team and how you can help by reading our latest blog post: Helping Veterans Through our Veteran Support Team.
Soldiers' Angels will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017 in observance of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 9am CST. Thank you to veterans of all eras for all you have done for our great country.
We are proud to announce that the inaugural Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in Atlanta, Georgia was a huge success! Thanks to all of the many participating volunteers, over 200 veterans and their families were provided with food assistance. The inaugural event even featured a full ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the distribution to mark the start of what will now be a monthly event in Atlanta. Thank you to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Atlanta VA for their assistance in getting this program up and running!
Great work, Angel Jaime! A member of the Soldiers' Angels Angel Bakers Team, she sent some tasty treats to service members in Qatar and the treats made quite an impression! "Good afternoon from Qatar, on behalf of all soldiers from the 8th HRSC. I would like to thank Jaime and Soldiers' Angels for sending us these good and tasty home baked goods! We really loved the apple cinnamon streusel! It was delicious! Thank you again! We support and appreciate what you guys do!" Love to bake? Why not share your tastiest recipes with deployed service members?
November is Military Family Month-- the perfect time to show appreciation for the services and sacrifices of the military family as a whole. Please be sure to take some time this month and thank military families for their service. At Soldiers' Angels, we have many programs to support military families that are ongoing throughout the year and we are always looking for new Angel volunteers to help us show that appreciation! Learn more in our latest blog post: November is for Honoring Military Families.
Soldiers' Angels has joined forces with Bed In A Box to offer several ways you can help members of the military during the holiday season. Need a new mattress for you? Shop the Bed In A Box Veterans Day Sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Soldiers' Angels. Or, you can send Curve pillows directly to our service members and help them get their best sleep ever! Just purchase the Curve Gift Pillow and Bed In A Box will get those pillows to Soldiers' Angels to be included with the holiday stockings shipped to our troops via our Holiday Community Partner Program. If you purchase a Curve pillow as a gift for our service members, Bed In A Box will even offer you a 15% discount for your support of our troops! But hurry-- orders for this special gift will only be collected until November 30.
Tasty, bite-sized candy bars are most likely already inundating your home, office, children's bellies, and more. Don't get buried under the Halloween candy craze this year--- share your excess candy with troops and veterans through the Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops program! Our special blog post, Got Candy?, shares more details on the program and instructs you how to easily find a donation location for all of that extra candy.
Last week, Soldiers' Angels hosted a dinner for veterans at Valor Point Domiciliary in Denver, Colorado. Chef Lamb, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, generously prepared and covered the cost of a delicious dinner for the event. He also brought along with him some very special volunteers-- some of his culinary students that also happen to be veterans from various branches of the military. He called the event "Vets Feeding Vets." The veteran culinary student volunteers interacted with the domiciliary veterans before, during, and after the meals and helped Chef Lamb create the dinner. The dinner has become a monthly event at Valor Point and features games and good company, as well as a delicious meal. Thank you Chef Lamb and all who made this month's event a success!
Halloween is almost here and kiddos across the country are eager to get their hands on as many treats as they can. We've all been guilty of holding on to extra Halloween candy way too long-- don't get stuck with this year's Halloween candy next year-- donate it! Soldiers' Angels Treats for the Troops program collects excess Halloween candy and ships it to deployed service members in care packages! We also hand out the candy to veterans in VA Hospitals for a sweet treat. We have collection sites all over the country and more are being added every day. Find a Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops drop-off site near you!
Since July of this year, our amazing Angel volunteers have been supporting deployed service member Kaylan with her mission to provide school supplies for a girls school near her base in Afghanistan. Eager to help these young girls, Angels responded in force by sending hundreds of boxes of school supplies, backpacks, shoes, clothing, toys, and more to Kaylan. Last week, we received another update from Kaylan-- who is still receiving supplies. She wrote: "Thank you seems like the most inadequate word on earth right now... but I am speechless..." Follow the whole story and view all of the touching photos on our blog, Supporting the Education of Girls in Afghanistan.
Soldiers' Angels is proud to announce that their popular Hunger Relief Program, which coordinates Veteran Mobile Food Distributions, will be opening in Atlanta, Georgia later this month. Thanks to a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, October's event will be the first of what will now be monthly distributions in Atlanta. Food assistance will be provided to over 200 low-income, at-risk, and homeless veterans. The event will be held on Friday, October 27th from 10am - 12pm EST. Atlanta veterans interested in receiving assistance at the event can sign up here: https://soldiersangels.formstack.com/forms/atlantamfd
Angel Bakers bring a special talent to the table-- a love for baking! These amazing volunteers work to make treats for deployed service members around the world. Meet the Soldiers' Angels Angel Bakers Team Leader Julie and learn more about the oh-so-sweet mission of this unique team in our latest blog: Sugar, Flour, and a Whole Lot of Love.
The situation in Texas is dire. Thousands of people are in need of assistance to escape the rapidly rising flood waters and devastation left behind from Hurricane Harvey. Emergency crews and volunteers from around the country are en route to provide much-needed assistance... and the rain just keeps coming. Soldiers' Angels is collecting donations to help support all veterans affected by this historic hurricane. Proceeds will help provide basic needs for veterans and their families. Many of these families have lost everything. We need to pull together now to show our support. Can you help us support veterans on the Texas coast affected by Hurricane Harvey?
Photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle, Texas National Guard
Soldiers' Angels volunteers across the country are working to reach homeless veterans at recent VA Stand Downs. On Saturday, September 30th, Angels in Georgia participated in the Atlanta VA's Stand Down, "Operation Reveille," serving over 200 box lunches to attending veterans and also providing donations of clothing, blankets, and hot chocolate. Thursday, October 5th, volunteers in Detroit handed out hundreds of hygiene kits generously sponsored by Meemic Insurance.
Our country has been hit hard by the recent hurricanes. First Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma... millions of our fellow citizens have been affected by these disasters, and many of them are veterans. Individuals who have fought for our country are now in need of someone to fight for them. What's worse? Another storm is forming as we speak... and we still have weeks left of hurricane season. We need to come together now and help the veterans affected by Hurricane Irma and future hurricanes.
Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program is an annual holiday initiative that pairs eligible military and veteran families with volunteers and businesses who wish to provide holiday support to the family in gratitude for their services and sacrifices. This year David Campos, part of our Veteran Internship program, will be heading up the Adopt-A-Family Team and is eager to help provide for families that he can easily identify with. Click here to learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program and David.
Veterans at Valor Point Domiciliary in Denver, Colorado were treated to a very special dinner thanks to Soldiers' Angels volunteers and Epicurean Catering Denver. The chef-prepared dinner featured artesian bread, braised shredded short ribs, creamy mascarpone polenta and more. Needless to say, there were NO leftovers after this event thanks to the delicious menu created by Chef Bob and the wonderful staff at Epicurean! The attending veterans enjoyed the meal very much! Check out photos from the dinner here.
Dreaming of a fabulous beach vacation for you and 9 of your closest friends/family? We have just the trip for you!! Soldiers' Angels will be hosting an Online Auction for an Acapulco Getaway for up to 10 people!! This one-of-a-kind trip includes 6 days and 5 nights at the beautiful Casa Las Colinas. The villa comes staffed with a Housekeeper, a Head House Man & House Man, plus a Cook-- to make sure your vacation is as relaxing as possible! Ready to learn more? Bidding is OPEN and ends on 10/6 at 1:00 pm EST. Get full details on this dream vacation and place your bid here!
September is National Sewing Month-- which means it is the perfect month to join the Soldiers' Angels Sewing and Crafting team! This is a unique team of stitchers, knitters, crafters, and more who lovingly create handmade items for deployed service members, veterans, wounded heroes, and military families. In our latest blog, we asked some Angel volunteers on the Sewing and Crafting team to share about their various projects they have created for our heroes and sheroes. Read the blog here and learn more about this group of very talented Angels.
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.
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.
No one understands the true price of freedom made by our military heroes more than our Gold Star Mothers and Families. Each year, the last Sunday in September is a day set aside to recognize their grief, their sacrifices, and their strengths. If you are a Gold Star Mother or Family, we honor your sacrifice and thank you for your service. If you know a Gold Star Mother or Family, please take time today to recognize them. Learn more about Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day.
A special guest blog from Disability Benefits Help with information for wounded veterans receiving disability benefits. Did you know that you are potentially eligible for Social Security benefits? While the two programs are both offered by the US government, each has its own technical eligibility criteria. Fortunately, a VA disability approval can go a long way towards your Social Security disability approval. Learn more about the differences and how to find out if you can qualify.
We are excited to announce that our Adopt-A-Family Program is officially open for 2017 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 or prepaid credit card for them to purchase their holiday dinner and trimmings. As of today, the program is open for military and veteran families to register for support and open for individuals/groups/businesses to register to 'adopt' families. Click here for full details on the Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program.
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. We encourage you to take some time and learn the warning signs and how to reach out for help. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year and about 18% of those suicides are veterans. In fact, roughly 20 veterans commit suicide every day nationwide. Learn more now-- it might just save a life.
Recently, we brought you the story about Soldiers' Angels 'Angel' volunteers Supporting the Education of Girls in Afghanistan and now we have some exciting updates! We also wanted to take the time to highlight some of the Angels who have helped in a big way and tell some truly touching stories of how communities have come together to provide these girls with the tools they need to learn. Read the latest news about the Angels helping in Afghanistan here.
A special guest blog highlights some valuable tips on how to help children deal with the grief of losing a loved one. This important life lesson can often be very difficult for parents to teach their children, but these tips will help you and your child navigate the turbulent waters of grief.
The 9/11 tragedy affected every American in a different way. For Soldiers' Angels founder, Patti-Patton Bader, whose son was deployed to Afghanistan shortly after the war began, September 11th inspired her to provide support for the people fighting overseas. Read the full story here.
Deployment can be extremely stressful for military families when it coincides with the birth of a child. The Soldiers' Angels Operation Top Knot team primarily focuses on supporting families at home while they are separated from their deployed family member. They do this by shopping for (and making) baby items for their expecting family. Each new or expectant mother receives a virtual shower from angels across the country. Much of what is sent is actually handmade by our talented angels! Learn more about this unique team and all they ways they help welcome the newest military family members.
National Dog Day is Saturday, August 26th. The U.S. military has about 2,500 active Military Working Dogs (MWDs) today, with 700 or so deployed at any one time. These intelligent canines go through rigorous training. They’re trained to attack, track, and detect bombs, gases, weapons and drugs. Angels on the Soldiers' Angels Deployed Adoptions Team can sign-up to adopt a service member who has a K-9. Currently, we have 13 troops registered who have K-9s. Here are a few of them.
Thanks to the Recycled Rides program, a very deserving veteran in San Jose recently received the life-changing gift of a donated car. Jaime Duran is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and a single mother. Several years ago, she gave up her job, car, and home to move with her son and new husband to the United Arab Emirates for his contract job. After a short time, the relationship turned abusive both physically and mentally. Jaime and her son returned to San Jose where they live with friends. Jaime is attending college classes and working temporary jobs to supplement her income and continue on the path to financial recovery. The car, a newly refurbished 2013 Honda Civic, was donated by Allstate and repaired by technicians at Caliber Collision in Willow Glen who volunteered their services to repair the vehicle as a community service. Earlier this month, Jaime received the keys to her Recycled Ride at an event in San Jose- view all of the photos here.
Employees from Motorola had a wonderful time creating patriotic "No Sew" blankets for Soldiers' Angels at a recent event in Chicago. Special thanks to the Motorola Foundation for sponsoring this amazing event! The blankets will be distributed by Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers to veterans at the Jesse Brown VA in Chicago. Click here to see all of the photos from the blanket event.
Thanks to all of our amazing supporters and donors, we have reached our Blanket Drive goal of collecting at least 700 blankets to ship to deployed and distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country! To date, we have collected 755 blankets!! BUT our Blanket Drive doesn't technically end for another 16 days... and we want to KEEP going to see how many blankets we can collect!! Can you help us with one last push to collect blankets for our heroes and sheroes? We even have an Amazon Wishlist ready-- so all you have to do is click a button! Click here for full details about our Blanket Drive!
A group of deployed U.S. service members have taken on a project to help with the education of females at a new school near their base in Afghanistan. Kaylan, a female service member who is leading the outreach project, reached out to Soldiers' Angels in search of support in the form of school supplies. Eager to support her effort, the opportunity was presented to Soldiers' Angels Angel volunteers and they responded in a HUGE way! Learn more about Kaylan and the hard work Angels are doing to support her efforts to help these little girls learn.
Marc Pro is manufacturing a special version of their electrical stimulation device-- the Marc Pro Plus® Hero Edition. This device, used by elite competitors and serious athletes, is able to provide substantial recovery and pain relief benefits. And now, in addition to helping athletes, the device will also help our military service members and veterans. For every Marc Pro Plus® Hero Edition purchased, Marc Pro will donate $50 to Soldiers' Angels.
Employees from Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) came together on July 25th to bake cookies for veterans -- 600 cookies to be exact!! The cookies were then distributed at the Los Angeles VA by Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers who run the coffee cart at that hospital. This is the second year SoCalGas has come together to bake this delicious treat. Thank you to all SoCalGas employees for your hard work for our veterans!
Soldiers’ Angels is proud to have a group of military and civilian Angel volunteers who support wounded and ill service members being treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. The team of Angels provide personal care items, calling cards, clothing, handmade blankets and more. They also visit with patients to provide support and comfort during what can be a very stressful and/or traumatic time. Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Team in Germany.
We have almost collected our goal of 700 blankets for our Blanket Drive!! Currently, we have received 558 blankets-- but we would love to reach 700 by the end of the campaign on August 31. Can you help us collect the remaining blankets? Soldiers' Angels is collecting NEW blankets of any kind (store bought, handmade, no-sew, etc.) to distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals and ship to deployed service members. Click here for full details on the Soldiers' Angels Blanket Drive.
We had a wonderful post to the Soldiers' Angels Facebook Page that we wanted to be sure to share with all of the amazing volunteers, donors, and supporters of our organization:
"Last night a young man sat down and started chatting with me. The conversation soon turned into talking about the years he spent in the Army. I then briefly mentioned working with Soldiers' Angels. This young mans face lit up with a huge smile as he expressed his great appreciation for Soldiers' Angels. He said the Angels don't realize how meaningful the care packages are to the troops. He explained how he had to go several weeks without a shower and receiving something as small as a little pack of baby wipes was like a piece of heaven. He said he received several care packages throughout his years of service and to this day still has all of the handmade cards received from children. I felt I should share this story so that everyone involved with Soldiers' Angels will see the hard work, dedication, unselfish acts of kindness, and love you put into Soldiers' Angels is greatly appreciated by the troops!"
Soldiers' Angels Vice-Chair, Mike Wallace, and an Angel volunteer pose with a veteran attending the July Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in San Antonio, Texas. The veteran attended the drive-through event on his motorized wheelchair and, with the help of Mike and the volunteers, loaded the groceries on the back of his chair in reusable bags. The event in San Antonio was held on Thursday, July 20th in the parking lot of Rackspace Hosting. Concurrently, the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in Detroit, Michigan was also happening. Click here for more photos from this month's San Antonio Veteran Mobile Food Distribution or here for the Detroit Veteran Mobile Food Distribution.
Last year, Soldiers’ Angels was honored to have an amazing exchange student from Vietnam volunteer with us! During his stay in Florida, Trung Nguyen, a junior in High School, decided that free time was unnecessary (yep, a teenager said that!). So instead of wasting time, he assisted our team in Tampa with their work at the VA Hospital. Read more about Trung in our latest Angel Blog.
Friday, July 14th marked another successful month of the Soldiers' Angels Hunger Relief Program in both Charleston, South Carolina and Denver, Colorado. Each event provided over 200 low-income, at-risk, and homeless veteran families with much-needed food assistance. Many of the attending families rely on the food assistance they receive from Soldiers' Angels just to keep food on the table for their families. In addition to Charleston and Denver, the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution also occurs monthly in Detroit, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. Additional events in other cities are in the works for the near future.
It’s amazing what happens when people come together to do things for their community. Members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) representing companies in the collision repair industry - Insurers, rental car companies, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors, etc. pool their talents and resources to refurbish and then donate vehicles to individuals or organizations within their community through the Recycled Rides(™) program. Learn more about this great program and the deserving veterans the program recently supported.
Can you imagine a morning without coffee? For some of our deployed service members, a cup of morning coffee may be a luxury. Luckily, Soldiers' Angels has thousands of bags ready to get to our troops... we just need your help to cover the cost of shipping. Shipping one care package, which costs $18, will supply enough coffee to make 496 cups of coffee! Click here if you can help us ship one or more care packages of coffee to deployed service members.
New York Yankees Manager, Joe Girardi, sported a Soldiers' Angels t-shirt during his press conference on July 4th. He mentioned Soldiers' Angels during the interview and the great work all of our Angel volunteers do for service members, veterans, and their families. Thank you to Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees for showing your support for Soldiers' Angels! Watch the press conference here.
We were shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about the USS Fitzgerald a few weeks ago. As soon as we heard, we put our heads together to see how we could help. The call was put out to Angel volunteers to send a one-time care package to crew members of the Fitzgerald. Angels jumped at the opportunity and got to work creating and sending boxes. Click here to see just a few of the care packages they put together.
Tuesday, July 11th will mark Amazon's third-annual Prime Day and will feature over 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members. If you plan to take advantage of the great deals from Amazon, why not support Soldiers' Angels at the same time? Just shop via smile.amazon.com and select Soldiers' Angels as your charity of choice. When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to Soldiers' Angels!
At Soldiers’ Angels, we think an important part of celebrating the 4th of July is honoring our military service members and veterans as this country is, afterall, the Land of the Free because of the Brave. Our amazing Angel volunteers go out of their way to help our veterans and deployed service members share in the spirit of this festive holiday. Here are just some of the great ways our Angels are supporting our service members and veterans this Independence Day.
Today is National PTSD Awareness Day. Whether you are in the military or have a military family member or friend, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of PTSD so that it can be treated right away. Please take a moment to learn more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and some available resources to help individuals cope.
Within the ranks of the U.S. Military are a few elite groups of specially trained military service members who make up the United States Special Operations Forces. These men and women are trained to go on special missions that are often very dangerous. We are so fortunate to have a team of Angels who serves these elite heroes. Learn more about the Soldiers’ Angels Special Operations Forces Team (aka SOFT) and the highly skilled Angels who support the team.
San Antonio, Texas has a long history of consistent military presence that has spanned nearly 300 years. The city has been known to many as "Military City USA," and on June 19th, 2017, that title became official. The City of San Antonio revealed their new logo and trademarked term "Military City USA." Soldiers' Angels is proud to call San Antonio home to its headquarters and grateful to serve the many active duty service members and veterans that also reside in and around the San Antonio area.
This Sunday is Father’s Day, a day to honor the dads in our lives, and all that they’ve done for us. For many, fathers serve as strong leaders, providers, and supporters. To all the superhero dads out there, we salute you! Want to show a military dad you appreciate them? Click here to download and share our "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" image with them.
In addition to programs for deployed service members, their families, and our veterans, Soldiers' Angels supports medical treatment facilities at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The mission of the Soldiers’ Angels facility in Germany is to provide on-site support for patients during their stay at Landstuhl after medical evacuation from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other theaters of operations such as the Horn of Africa. Learn more about how you can help Soldiers' Angels support wounded service members at Landstuhl.
Soldiers' Angels has created a Veteran Internship Program designed to help veterans adjust and transition to civilian life and find long term employment. Through a generous grant, our interns receive a monthly stipend to be VA Site Coordinators supporting their local VA Hospital. Learn more about the Veteran Internship Program here.
As you probably know, Soldiers' Angels held their first ever "Warm Feet For Warriors" campaign that ran from February 15 - April 30, 2017. Because this was the first year of our campaign, we set our initial goal fairly low-- hoping for just 1,000 pairs of socks. Imagine our surprise when we reached 1,271 pairs after just one month of the campaign! So we upped our goal to 2,500 pairs... and after one more month, we surpassed that goal! The campaign officially ended on April 30th, but the socks continued to roll in throughout May. We are very excited to announce that, although there are still some socks trickling in, as of last week we had collected 11,373 pairs of socks!! Thank you all for your generous support of this initial campaign!! These socks are already keeping the toes of our veterans and service members toasty and you can bet that next year we hope to make the campaign goal even higher!
Angel Jen, a member of the Soldiers' Angels Deployed Adoptions Team, supported her adopted service member during the entire length of his 9-month deployment. Although she only heard back from her busy service member three times during the course of those nine months, she diligently supported him with letters and care packages. Once his deployment drew to an end, imagine Angel Jen's surprise when she received a flag in a handmade display case from her service member. Tucked inside the case was a beautiful "Thank You" letter that read:
"I would like to give you this American flag as a token of my appreciation for your continued support not only to myself, but also all my brothers and sisters in arms that you have supported through Soldiers' Angels. You truly are an Angel, giving up free time you could be spending on your two boys each time you write a letter or make a box. It always brought a smile to my face and I will be forever grateful. Please know that I appreciated everything and all your efforts. It's Americans like yourself that makes soldiers like myself continue to serve and sacrifice some of our freedom so that you may sleep well at night. Thank you! Thank you!!"
Soldiers' Angels President and CEO, Amy Palmer, was presented with the Freedom Award at the 2017 Tribute to Women Business Leaders. The event, now in its tenth year, is hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and recognizes women who are making a difference in San Antonio and across the country. The Freedom Award is presented to a woman working in the military, police/fire, or other public service industry and who places the welfare of others before her own. Learn more about Amy here:
Angel Melisa, with the help of her two daughters ages 7 and 3, put together this tasty looking care package for one lucky service member! Melisa is a member of the Soldiers' Angels Angel Bakers Team-- a team dedicated to sending homemade treats and other tasty snacks to deployed service members. Included in this cute "You're One Tough Cookie" care package were: chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They included a note that reads "Thank you for keeping us safe."
Involving your children in charitable efforts can give them a different perspective, one where they see how impactful helping others can be. So why not spend some time this summer volunteering or giving back in some way? Need a cause to get behind? Involving children in efforts that support our military and veterans is a great way to talk to them about the sacrifices others make for our country. Sophie has been volunteering at the VA Hospital with her mom and it has really made an impact on her. Read our latest blog to see what Sophie had to say and discover five ways to involve your children that give back to our military and veterans.
Origami Owl has teamed up with Soldiers’ Angels for an amazing deal running now through May 30th—this beautiful “Home of the Brave” Living Locket necklace! The Living Locket features: Combat Boot Charm; Support Our Troops Ribbon Charm; New! Limited Edition USA Charm; and one red and one white Swarovski crystal. ALL for Only $29—an $80 retail value! Best part-- $1 from each look purchased will go to Soldiers’ Angels! The Living Locket can be purchased through your favorite Origami Owl Designer—or on the Origami Owl website here. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page for details on how you can enter to win a FREE "Home of the Brave" Living Locket!
Favor, an Austin-based on-demand delivery service, is showing their support for Soldiers' Angels through their Favor for Good campaign. In honor of Memorial Day, Favor will donate $1 to Soldiers' Angels for each Favor placed from a variety of restaurants in all 15 cities they serve throughout Texas. The campaign runs from Monday, May 22 - Sunday, May 28. To learn more about Favor and the cities they serve, visit FavorDelivery.com and download their app. If you already have the app, click on the banner similar to the image above when you open your app and you will discover a list of participating restaurants in your area.
What a wonderful surprise we had from two of our Angel volunteers! Rebecca and Annie are sisters-- one lives in the Dallas area and the other lives in Boise, Idaho. They coordinated long distance to make some beautiful and unique handmade baby items for Soldiers' Angels Operation Top Knot. Recently, they were on a road trip together and decided to stop into the Soldiers' Angels headquarters in San Antonio and personally drop off some of the amazing items they created! The sets they brought included beautiful knit baby blankets, handmade diaper bags, bibs, and other useful items for babies and moms supported through the OTK program. Thank you Rebecca and Annie!
These adorable little kiddos from Washington state gave back to our veterans in a big way! Last week, this group from The Silver Ridge 4-H partnered with Soldiers' Angels and packed 150 non-perishable Box Lunches! The meals will be distributed to homeless veterans during the Tacoma Stand Down on May 13. The items that went into the Box Lunches were purchased through a generous donation by Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. Check out all the photos of their packaging project on the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Support Program Facebook page.
Friday, May 12 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Military spouses endure so much while their husbands/wives are away on deployment. They are on the front lines of support to our service members and selflessly continue their lives while their partners are protecting our country. The Friday before Mother's Day is set aside each year so that we can show our appreciation for these amazing men and women. If you have any military spouses in your life, show them some appreciation on Friday by downloading the Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day graphic and sharing it with them via social media, email, or text! Click here to download the graphic now.
Our Angels are so creative! Sometimes sending a care packages to a deployed service member is not just about what's in the care package, but what's on the care package. Imagine how excited you would be to open a box that clearly took imagination, creativity, time, and love! Of course our Angels also fill these crafty containers with great treats, useful items, and other necessities-- but there is no denying how special the recipient will feel when they open a care package like this one. If you have some creative juices dying to get out, take a look at our the Soldiers' Angels Deployed Adoptions Team and share that creativity with the brave men and women serving our country.
The Soldiers' Angels Operation Top Knot Team helps welcome beautiful bundles of joy into the world, like baby Leanne. Leanne's mom, Roxanne, is an active duty service member in the US Navy. Operation Top Knot put together a 'virtual' baby shower to welcome Leanne into the world and take some stress off of her brave mom, who is currently stationed overseas. The gifts even included some special handmade items from the Soldiers' Angels Sewing and Crafting Team - a knit blanket, handmade booties, and handmade hats. There were even some Mary Kay lotions included just for mom. If you are interested in helping welcome military babies through virtual baby showers, learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Operation Top Knot Team here.
Meet John! He courageously served in the United States Marine Corps. He drove 1 hour on his scooter to make it to our Mobile Food Distribution in Detroit, Michigan. He never misses an event, and we are always so excited to serve him each month. Our volunteers loaded John's cart with free grocery items such as milk, chicken, eggs, fresh produce, and more! This is just a small way that we serve the men and women who have served us. Thank you John - and thank you to all who have served in the Armed Forces!
Veterans at the Denver VA Hospital receive an extra sweet pick-me-up on Fridays! Soldiers' Angels and Lockheed Martin team up twice per month on Fridays to man a coffee station at the Denver VA Hospital. Volunteers from Soldiers' Angels and Lockheed Martin serve coffee and hand out 25 dozen donuts to veteran patients. Huge thanks to Lockheed Martin who provides the funding for this great initiative!
A huge thank you to everyone who has participated in the first ever Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors campaign! In just two short months, we have: reached our initial goal of 1,000 pairs; raised our goal to 2,500 pairs; and, as of this week-- surpassed our second goal with 2,611 pairs! And guess what? There are still two weeks left until the official 'end' of the campaign! We know there are many of you that are still collecting socks-- please do! We would love to completely blow the 2017 goal out of the water and make our goal for 2018 even higher. There's still time to help us with this campaign, click here for full details on Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors.
April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, which is the perfect time for us to highlight and celebrate our amazing Cards Plus Team and Letter Writing Team! When Soldiers' Angels was founded in 2003, the main objective was to send care packages to the deployed-- but thanks to a fantastic suggestion by Angel Sara, the Letter Writing Team was started so our volunteers can reach even more deployed heroes and sheroes. After sending one of the very first letters from the Soldiers' Angels Letter Writing Team, Angel Sara received a very powerful reply from downrange. Read this touching letter here.
Our deployed service members are not the only ones that work hard to protect us-- Military Working Dogs (or MWD's) do too! There are more than 2,500 Military Working Dogs in the US Armed Forces and, at any given time, hundreds of those four-legged heroes are deployed with their handlers. Angel Lisa, a member of the Soldiers' Angels Deployed Adoptions Team, has an adopted service member that just so happens to be one of those handlers. When she sends care packages to her service member, she also includes extra special treats for this adorable pup! He is pictured with Milk Bones dog biscuits, Girl Scout Cookies, and Grab the Gold treats (the last two are, of course, for his handler!).
Esther, an Army veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan, is now 100% disabled. While she was waiting on disability, she and her young son ended up living in their car, which was eventually repossessed. They recently got into a home through the VA's HUD/VASH program and on March 16, thanks to Caliber Collision, they received a donated/repaired car as well! The car they received was the same model of car they lost, but two years newer.
Harry & David has done it again with their recent Moose Munch® Bars for the Troops campaign-- donating over 29,000 Moose Munch Crunch bars just from this single campaign! Soldiers' Angels has been distributing these delicious treats to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country and has shipped over 100 boxes to deployed service members around the world. Their next campaign will start in mid-May and go through July 6. More details to come.
Who doesn't love receiving packages in the mail? Deployed service members are no different! If you are interested in sending care packages, check out our Deployed Adoptions Team and our Ladies of Liberty Team.
"I would like to give a special thanks for my care package! I'm very grateful for everything I have received and I am excited to use it! Thank you to everyone that was apart of making this package!" - SGT Michelle
Soldiers' Angels partnered with Caliber Collision and Allstate to give away another car to a very deserving veteran and the four year old daughter he has custody of. Jason had been taking the bus twice a week for an hour each way to take her to pre-school and then again each weekend to drop her off with her mother. He was formerly homeless and is now in the HUD/VASH housing program. Jason was nominated by his social worker. A very deserving recipient!
We have collected 2,338 pairs of socks for our deployed service members and veterans! Initially, we had a goal to collect 1,000 pairs-- but thanks to the support from all of those that have collected-- we surpassed our goal after just one month. So we raised the goal!! We will be collecting until the end of April. Can you help us reach 2,500 pairs? Full details about Warm Feet for Warriors here.
Did you know that April is National Card & Letter Writing Month? The U.S. Postal Service originally started the celebration as a weeklong event, but in 2001 decided to expand the celebration to the entire month of April. Their hope is to improve writing skills and literacy, as well as to preserve the tradition of writing, sending and receiving letters, postcards and greeting cards. What does this mean at Soldiers' Angels? It means that now is a great time to commit to writing by joining the Soldiers' Angels Letter Writing Team or the Soldiers' Angels Cards Plus Team! These teams are a great way to continue the tradition of writing and also bring a smile to the face of a service member or veteran!
Caregivers of our military have a special place in our hearts. Just like the wounded warriors they care for, they selflessly serve this country by caring for our military heroes. It is not easy being a caregiver. Caregivers are always “on call” through thick and through thin providing emotional and physical support. This is why we started the Women of Valor Program which provides support to female caregivers of Post 9-11 wounded, ill and injured service members. Learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Women of Valor Team here.
Our brave Angel volunteers in Detroit bundled up in the cold weather and came out to serve Metro Detroit Veterans at the March Veteran Mobile Food Distribution. The event served over 200 low-income, at-risk, and homeless veterans with food assistance, including fresh fruits and vegetables. View all of the photos from the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution here.
For many of us, buying the annual box or two of Girl Scout Cookies has become a part of our yearly traditions. Our deployed service members feel the same way! Indulging in a tasty box of their favorite flavor of Girl Scout Cookie reminds them of home. Thanks to Girl Scouts across the country, we have 160+ pallets of donated cookies waiting to be shipped to deployed troops. But, we need your help to cover the shipping costs and other costs associated with getting the cookies across the world. Can you help us get a sweet taste of home to our heroes and sheroes?
The Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors campaign has been underway for just over two weeks and we have already reached 1/3 of our goal to collect 1,000 pairs of socks! These new socks will be sent to deployed service members in care packages and distributed to veterans in VA Hospitals. Although we are very excited to make so much progress so quickly, we still have a long way to go! Can you help us reach our goal? We'll be collecting through the end of April. Read more about the Soldiers' Angels Warm Feet for Warriors campaign here.
Soldiers’ Angels has two special teams that focus on "adopting" deployed service members and sending care packages: Deployed Adoptions Team and the Ladies of Liberty Team. The only difference between the two is that the Ladies of Liberty team is an all female team that focuses on supporting deployed females and their special health and hygiene needs. We currently have over 200 service members awaiting adoption, so we thought we’d introduce you to a few AND to our team leader, Amanda Jones.
On Wednesday, February 22, KemperSports and KemperLesnik held a Box Lunch packing event with Soldiers' Angels in Chicago. Not only did the employees from the company have a great time packing the boxes-- they also set a record for the most box lunches packed supporting the Jesse Brown VA in Chicago-- 2,000 Box Lunches! AND- they did it all in less than an hour!! Check out all the photos from the Box Lunch packing event.
Soldiers' Angels Hunger Relief Program hosted a Veteran Mobile Food Distribution yesterday in the parking lot of their headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. This month, Soldiers' Angels was honored to have active duty Airmen participating in the distribution to the veterans. The young service members are students at the Medical Education and Training Center, or MTEC, located at Fort Sam Houston. View all of the photos from the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution.
Soldiers' Angels Team Angels are constantly coming up with unique and creative ways to make deployed service members smile! Right now they are busy creating colorful care packages for spring, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick's day. Take a look at all of the one-of-a-kind care packages created by Soldiers' Angels Angel volunteers!
The week of February 13th was National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, a time set aside to express appreciation to Veterans, increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center, and encourage citizens to become involved. Soldiers' Angels staff and volunteers in Georgia and Texas assisted in festivities for National Salute to Veteran Patients week.
Believe it or not, one of the items that is most requested from service members and veterans is socks! Just think how nice a brand new pair of socks feel when you slip your feet in... Soldiers' Angels wants to help keep our troops and veterans toes feeling toasty, and you can help! Start a sock collection drive & send us NEW socks in all colors and sizes in their original packaging. We will distribute the socks to veterans in VA Hospitals and include in our care packages to deployed.
Send your socks to:
2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 310
San Antonio, Texas 78217
If you have any questions about the campaign, please email: email@example.com
Washington Elementary School in Nutley, New Jersey, came together to help spread the love to service members and veterans for Valentine's Day! Michelle, a first grade teacher at the school and a member of the Soldiers' Angels Deployed Adoptions Team got the project rolling:
"I'm a first grade teacher in Nutley, New Jersey and I was able to get my entire school involved in a Valentines for Veterans project. I was able to collect 420 Valentines! Some of these Valentines are being mailed to Soldiers' Angels today and some will be delivered to a local veterans hospital. Happy Valentine's Day!"
The week of February 13th is National Salute to Veteran Patient Week, a time set aside to express appreciation to Veterans, increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center, and encourage citizens to become involved. Soldiers’ Angels is one of the few non-profit agencies approved to work within VA Hospitals and Medical Centers and our volunteers gain so much from talking to and serving veteran patients. Here are just a few of the veteran patients Soldiers' Angels volunteers have the pleasure of interacting with.
Amy Palmer is the President and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels and so much more. She joined us in October 2013 at the personal request of our founder, Patti Patton-Bader. Her experience in the nonprofit sector, energy, enthusiasm and passion for our military and veterans took us from near closing and bankruptcy to a stable and well respected military and veteran organization. She is a one-of-a-kind leader! Here’s more about Amy Palmer and what she does with Soldiers’ Angels.
Angel volunteers came together in two separate Georgia cities on January 28th to help Soldiers' Angels stock up. Working in Dublin and Atlanta, the Angels spent the better part of their Saturday packing toiletry items into Soldiers' Angels Hygiene Kits. By the end of the day, hundreds of Kits were packed and ready to be handed out! Representatives at both the Atlanta VA and the Carl Vinson VA in Dublin will distribute these Hygiene Kits to veteran patients over the next few months. Thanks to all Angels who came out to help!
We are so proud of the work we were able to accomplish in 2016 thanks to our angels, volunteers, and donors! Check out the Soldiers' Angels numbers for 2016. If you donated, volunteered, joined a team, contributed as a sponsor, or partnered with us as a community partner, THANK YOU! You are the reason all of the work we do at Soldiers' Angels is possible. Let’s keep pushing forward!
Angel Stephanie has been a part of Soldiers' Angels for several years. From sending cards to adopting service members, she has done a lot to support our troops and service members. But in 2016, she decided to get her whole family involved! On Thanksgiving Day, her family came together and stuffed stockings for Soldiers' Angels to send to deployed service members and distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals as a part of the Soldiers' Angels Holiday Community Partner Program. Read on to learn more about getting your whole family involved in giving back.
Soldiers' Angels has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight changes we are making toward our mission, GuideStar is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation like overhead ratios. View the Soldiers' Angels profile on GuideStar.
It's hard to believe another year has come and gone. Here at Soldiers' Angels, 2016 was a fantastic year with an abundance of memorable moments. Although we have too many to share in one blog post, we decided to compile a list of some our Top Moments of 2016. From Mobile Food Distributions in the rain and snow, to helping female service members deployed in Afghanistan celebrate Mother's Day, these moments have touched the lives of service members, veterans, and all of us here at Soldiers' Angels. Click through to take a look at all of the Soldiers' Angels Top Moments of 2016.
Cub Scout Pack 76 in Bradenton, Florida (near Sarasota) gave back to our service members and veterans this past holiday season! The boys collected items to be used in stockings that Soldiers' Angels distributed to deployed service members and veterans in VA Hospitals. In total the pack stuffed 24 stockings-- but it doesn't stop there-- they are already collecting stockings for next holiday season! Check out all the photos of these Cub Scouts stuffing stockings for our troops.
Most fourth grade students spend their time thinking about homework, the latest video game, or what they are going to do at recess. But a group of fourth graders in Minnesota decided it was time to do their part to support wounded service members. Late last year, they formed a "Veterans Club" and began raising money for wounded heroes. To spread the word about their mission, the children sold brownies, Christmas cookies, cupcakes, lemon bars, and muffins by the dozen and half dozen. In total the fourth graders raised over $200 and ultimately donated the money to Soldiers' Angels. Photo credit: Ellarry Prentice
The Soldiers' Angels office will be observing the following holiday hours after the New Year to allow employees to spend time with family:
Monday, January 2, 2017 - CLOSED
We will resume our normal office hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 9:00am CST.
Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers are selfless. They support our service members and veterans without ever thinking of receiving anything in return. Angel Debbie, a member of the Deployed Adoptions Team, was no exception. She sent her deployed service member a lovingly packed holiday care package with the hope that she would brighten the day of someone who was spending the holidays away from their family. She never expected to receive a care package from her adopted service member! "Today my husband and I were shoveling and he looked up and said there is a package on the steps. It was covered with snow... Read More...
The children posing for this photo are not showing off their holiday stockings-- they are actually showing off their hard work! This is a Mrs. Sandlin's 7th grade class at Madras Middle School in Newnan, GA. They decided to pay it forward during the holidays by giving back to veterans at the Atlanta VA Hospital! They stuffed 110 stockings with snacks, games, socks, and other goodies that will bring smiles to the faces of the VA's patients.
Through a recent partnership with Soldiers' Angels, Starion Energy Inc. will donate the cost of one care package per new customer! The ultimate goal of the company is a donation of up to $10,000 to Soldiers' Angels in honor of those military personnel who selflessly serve our country. Founded in 2009, Starion is a competitive supplier of electricity and gas for residents in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Thank you Starion Energy for your partnership and for your dedication to supporting our military men and women!
This past weekend Soldiers' Angels hosted a stocking stuffing event in Houston with Opportune LLC. A team of associates from the company stuffed 200 holiday stockings that will be distributed to veterans in the Houston area to help bring them some holiday cheer. Thanks to everyone at Opportune as well as Houston Angels for making this event a success! View the photos from the holiday stocking stuffing event here!
Books-A-Million coffee returns! Thanks to the generosity of Books-A-Million customers, veterans at VA hospitals and deployed troops around the world will be enjoying a nice warm cup of Joe Muggs coffee this winter. Through their bi-yearly "Coffee for the Troops" campaign, customers purchase bags of coffee that also includes a personalized note. Books-A-Million also donates additional cases as part of their matching pledge. During this round of the campaign alone, the company donated 14,280 cases of coffee to Soldiers' Angels! Check out all of our 2016 pictures of veterans and service members enjoying their delicious coffee.
We need your help! The Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program has received a record number of registrations this year from deserving military families who could use a little help to celebrate the holiday season. Although we have had hundreds of individuals and businesses who have stepped up to the plate and have adopted one or more families, we still have 145 families who have not yet been adopted. Combined, these families have 410 military children who may not have anything to celebrate this year. There is still time to help! If you or your business would like to Adopt-A-Family, click here. If you can't adopt, please consider giving to our GoFundMe campaign.
The Home Depot's New England Regional office joined the Soldiers' Angels Holiday Community Partner Program with the goal of giving something back. The small office in Canton, Massachusetts only has 10 employees, so they signed up to donate 50 stuffed stockings. But then they decided to do what they could to give a little bit extra... soon they had collected well over 400 stockings for deployed service members and veterans! Read the full story here.
The Soldiers' Angels Chaplain Support Team was recently asked if they could provide Softball equipment to a unit of Marines. The Angels worked hard and accomplished the goal of sending gear! Below is the thank you they received:
"Over the past two weekends we were able to play over 50 games of softball. We had 8 teams who each played in a season and a triple elimination tournament. We could not have played these games without the equipment you guys sent to us. On behalf of all the players and teams I want to say THANK YOU for the time and effort each and every one of you put into getting the equipment to us. It means a lot that even though we're on the other side of the planet, we still have people and organizations thinking about us and willing to help out in any way they can." - Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan
Check out all the images here.
Chaplain Assistant Adam was deployed to Afghanistan during Christmas 2015. With the help of the Chaplain Support Team and his Angel (who also happened to be the Team Leader for the Chaplain Support Team), Soldiers' Angels sent 1,000 stockings to Adam so that he and his unit could have a little something to celebrate the holiday season. One year later and home from deployment, Chaplain Assistant Adam decided to pay it forward with his friends and family by stuffing and sending stockings through the same Soldiers' Angels program that once supported him. To read Chaplain Assistant Adam's full story, click here.
Some very special Ladies of Liberty recently received a surprise care package from Soldiers' Angels thanks to Seagram's Escapes! Seagram's Escapes sponsored the care packages to be sent to these awesome female service members and each box contained this note: "Seagram's Salutes YOU - our brave women in uniform who faithfully serve our country. Thank you for keeping us safe and free. Your courage and bravery inspire us... and leave us deeply appreciative. Thank you so much for your unwavering commitment and service. Please be careful and return home safely to your friends and family soon! Sincerly, The Seagram's Escapes Team." Check out some of the photos from these Ladies of Liberty with their care packages here.
It's December 1st! Which means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! At Soldiers' Angels, Christmas preparations have been in full swing for many weeks. The Soldiers' Angels Team Elves, I mean Angels... have been busy at work using their talents to create care packages, stockings, and more for service members around the world. Click here to take a look at some of the amazing things these awesome Elves... I mean Angels... have put together!
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… these are all shopping days meant to help us cross off large chunks of our Christmas lists. #GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year on #GivingTuesday, consider giving back to those who gave for our freedom. Click here to learn more or visit our Giving Tuesday fundraising page here.
As we prepare to enjoy the upcoming holiday, we must remember it is a time to give thanks. We are so thankful to each of you for all that you have done for Soldiers' Angels this year. For anyone who has donated, given their time, shared our messages, or helped our cause in any way, we are thankful and so are our veterans, military families, and wounded heroes who have been touched by your generosity. Your support of Soldiers' Angels has allowed thousands of families to receive services in 2016. Read some of their stories here.
The Soldiers' Angels office will be observing the following holiday hours during Thanksgiving week to allow our employees to spend time with their families:
Wednesday, November 23 - Closing at 12:00 noon CST
Thursday, November 24 - Closed
Friday, November 25 - Closed
We will resume our normal office hours on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00 am CST.
On November 17th, Soldiers' Angels hosted a Mobile Food Distribution for veterans in the Metro Detroit area. One attending veteran describes the food from the event as "...a blessing, it's a real blessing." The event will return to Detroit on Thursday, December 15th.
The Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program is a great way to give back to deserving military families for the holidays. Participants "adopt" an eligible military family and provide gifts for the children and a grocery gift card for the family to purchase their holiday meal. While this program is a fantastic way to give back, we also understand that not everyone can afford to "adopt" an entire family. But don't worry-- you can still help provide holiday help for the families who have requested support! Visit our GoFundMe account here and donate whatever you can to the program! Through your generous donations on GoFundMe, families that are not adopted by our Angel volunteers will still receive holiday help from Soldiers' Angels.
On November 10th Soldiers' Angels hosted a Mobile Food Distribution at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. This month's event not only fell on the day before Veterans Day, we also had some very special volunteers. In addition to the Citadel Cadets that assist with the distribution every month, we also had active duty service members from Joint Base Charleston working side-by-side with the young cadets to distribute the food to attending veterans. The event provided food assistance to over 200 low income veterans. Click here to see photos.
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.
The Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops collection of leftover Halloween candy is in full swing! All across the country businesses, groups, and individuals are sweeping up that excess sugar and donating it to Soldiers' Angels so that we can redistribute to deployed service members and veterans in VA Hospitals. The Frisco Police Department in Frisco, Texas is one such group participating in this program. With just one single tweet to their followers, they began a collection that resulted in 800 pounds of candy! If you have some extra sweets to get rid of, click here to learn more about our program.
Soldiers' Angels Holiday Community Partner Program has received a record number of registrations this year! From individuals, to businesses, to civic groups, thousands of people have answered the call to help spread holiday cheer to our service members and veterans. Last year we collected 4,311 stuffed stockings for the program and this year, our initial goal was to collect 4,500. Shortly after we opened registration this fall, we met our initial goal of 4,500 and decided to raised the goal to 7,500. On November 2nd, we closed the 2016 registration with over 13,000 stuffed stockings committed to being donated! Thank you all for your overwhelming support of this program. Because of your generosity, over 13,000 service members and veterans will receive some holiday cheer this year!
On October 20th we teamed up with Home Depot Associates to transform the Volunteers of America Veteran Housing Facility in Detroit, Michigan. This facility houses 60 homeless veteran men battling mental health issues and addictions. Together with volunteers from Home Depot and Soldiers’ Angels, we updated the recreation and garden area to give these veterans a place to go for relaxation and meditation. Read the full story here.
Through our Holiday Community Partner program, you and your group can share the spirit of the season through cards, letters, and stuffed stockings. Working from a list of approved items, your group stuffs the stockings and Soldiers' Angels will distribute them to service members and veterans. But, the deadline to register to be a part of this great program is fast approaching! The last day to sign up will be Tuesday, November 1st. For those that are registered for the program already, your stockings must be sent to your designated area representative no later than December 11. Learn more and sign up here.
KB Morgan, Soldiers' Angels VA Representative at Beckley VA Medical Center in West Virginia, distributed blankets to some very grateful veterans at the facility. These particular blankets were made with love and hope by the Caring Hands of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen, NJ., but thanks to the thousands of crafty Angel volunteers across the country, there will be many more veterans taking comfort in handmade blankets. As the months grow colder, the need for blankets to distribute to veterans also grows. If you are interested in helping to create these warm gifts for veterans, learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Sewing and Crafting Team here.
Soldiers' Angels volunteers in Georgia participated in the recent Atlanda Stand Down distributing 700 Boxed Lunches to attending homeless. Stand Downs, sponsored by the VA, take place in cities across the country throughout the year. They provide supplies and services to homeless veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and more. Soldiers' Angels participates in many of these Stand Downs by distributing Boxed Lunches, Hygiene Kits, or other helpful items. Interested in learning more? Click here to learn about all of our Veteran Support Services.
Thanks to Chenega Corporation for giving back to our veterans! On Thursday, October 6, Chenega Corporation partnered with Soldiers’ Angels to host an event for veterans in Kansas City. At the event, delicious smoked BBQ was served to 184 veteran patients at the Honor Annex Outpatient Clinic at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. To view images from the event, click here.
Our thanks to Tito's Handmade Vodka for a great event earlier this week in San Antonio! Employees of Tito's put together over 200 Hygiene Kits and Box Lunches for low-income veterans; made over 40 no-sew blankets to deliver to VA Hospitals; and will also be sponsoring TWO future Veteran Mobile Food Pantries. What an incredible event with an incredible group of Tito's employees! For all of the pictures from the event, click here.
October is here! Are you ready to collect your leftover Halloween candy and donate it to the Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops program? We will distribute the candy to deployed service members and veterans at VA Hospitals for a sweet treat!
This year we have made it even easier to get involved with the Treats for Troops program. Simply click here and fill out the online registration form. We will email you with flyers and other details. We will be accepting candy through December 11, 2016.
The nation's largest and most-utilized charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, has recently awarded Soldiers' Angels with the highest possible rating, four stars. Through the review of highly regarded charity evaluators, such as Charity Navigator, you can be confident that your donations are being put to good use. With this rating, we hope to inspire trust in more individuals and donors so that we can continue our growth and, in turn, support even more service members, veterans, and their families. Visit www.CharityNavigator.org to see the full rating.
On September 30, 2016, Soldiers' Angels opened their Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in Detroit, Michigan. The event, in partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, was a huge success despite some very rainy weather and flooding. In addition to distributing food to Metro Detroit veteran families, representatives from the VA were on hand to distribute flyers about VA services. Detroit was the first site to fill the registration and go on a wait list for a grand opening event. See more pictures from the event here.
Last year we collected 4,311 filled holiday stockings from our Holiday Community Partners and distributed them to our troops and veterans. This year, our goal WAS 4,500 stockings-- but we have had such an awesome response to this program, we have already surpassed our goal!! So what else could we do? We had to raise the goal!!
Can you help us meet our new goal of 7,500 filled holiday stockings for our troops and veterans? If you are up for the challenge, join our Holiday Community Partner program!
Holiday Community Partners are individuals, groups, and businesses who help us spread holiday joy to our troops and veterans through cards, letters, and stuffed stockings. Working from a list of approved items, your group stuffs the stockings and Soldiers' Angels will distribute them to service members and veterans. Learn more and sign up here.
Did you know that there are actually two Mother’s Days in the United States? The first one is celebrated in May – the standard Mother’s Day we all celebrate. But the second Mother’s Day is one many Americans are not aware of. It’s called Gold Star Mother’s Day and it is observed on the last Sunday of September each year. Gold Star Mother’s Day is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.
The holiday is celebrated by American Gold Star Mothers, a Veterans service organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
Read our blog here that highlights a Gold Star family and talks about how the Soldiers’ Angels Living Legends team helps families who endure a military loss.
Spokeo, an online people search engine company, recently held an employee event to package 300 hygiene kits for Soldiers' Angels. In just over an hour, Spokeo employees stuffed all of the 300 bags with 13 hygiene items in each bag. They also included personalized notes in each bag. The completed hygiene kits will be distributed to Los Angeles-area veterans. Thanks to everyone at Spokeo for their great work for our veterans! Read the full story here.
We are excited to announce that our Adopt-A-Family Program is officially open for 2016 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 or prepaid credit card for them to purchase their holiday dinner and trimmings. As of today, the program is open for military and veteran families to register for support and open for individuals/groups/businesses to register to 'adopt' families. For full details on the program and how to register, click here.
The Soldiers' Angels Special Operations Forces Team is a team of amazing Angels designed to serve only Special Forces and Special Operations service members. Recently, we received a very special "Thank You" letter for this very special team. It read: "On behalf of all our Special Operations Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines we would like to thank you for the multiple care packages that come to us through Soldiers' Angels. The snacks, toiletries, and especially the whole bean coffee contributes to the morale and welfare of our team. Thank you for also supporting many of our other locations and sending care packages directly to them. More importantly, knowing you cared enough to commit your time and resources to send us these things, inspires us to remain strong on the front lines of freedom's defense. Your kindness reminds us of who and what we represent. On behalf of our great nation, Thank you!" - Lyle H. Marsh CSM, USA Senior Enlisted Advisor and Scott A. Howell Major General, USAF Commanding.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Soldiers' Angels team that supports Special Forces and Special Operations units, click here.
The 2016 Holiday Community Partner program is officially launched! In 2015, thanks to the generous support of all our amazing Holiday Community Partners, we were able to collect 4,311 filled stockings and deliver them to veterans in VA Hospitals and deployed service members. One of the many companies that participated in the 2015 program was The Yeomen, a company based out of Richmond, Virginia. They helped to provide stockings that were distributed to the veterans at McGuire VA Medical Center. Read more about how they helped in 2015 and why they plan on coming back to the program this year.
Will you help us meet our 2016 Goal of 4,500 Stockings? Click here to learn more about becoming a Holiday Community Partner!
The Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, is back! The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the Federal government and provides Federal employees the opportunity to support eligible nonprofit organizations. The campaign runs annually from September 1 through December 15. You can donate to Soldiers' Angels using CFC #25131. For more information, visit www.CFCToday.org.
September marks the one year anniversary of the Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution. Since it's conception, the Mobile Food Distribution has become a monthly event in San Antonio and will even be opening up a second location during select months. The event has also been opened in several other cities across the country, including: San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Charleston, South Carolina, and Detroit, Michigan. With the continued help of sponsors, the Veteran Mobile Food Distribution will continue it's growth during the coming year.
Have you heard of the Soldiers’ Angels Deployed Adoptions Team? It is a team of dedicated Angels who support service members deployed overseas in support of combat or humanitarian missions. The goal of this team is to ensure that no service member feels alone throughout their deployment.
Currently, our list of service members awaiting adoption is greater than the number of Angels we have to support them! We are in need of more dedicated Angels to help support these brave men and women. Interested? Take a moment to get to know some of the service members awaiting adoption here.
Despite a very rainy day, volunteers and employees from The Channel Company were out in full force on Saturday, August 20th to make the Soldiers' Angels August Veteran Mobile Food Distribution a huge success. Including the normal monthly food distribution, eligible veterans at this month's event were also provided donated technology equipment, such as laptops and tablets. Read more here.
The Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution is touching lives all over the country. To hear the story of how this event has impacted the life of one San Antonio veteran turned Soldiers' Angels volunteer, click here.
Since the start of the Veteran Mobile Food Distribution last September, the event has spread to: San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; and Charleston, South Carolina; with more cities to come. With the help of sponsors and volunteers, we can continue to grow this program to even more locations. Are you interested in volunteering or sponsoring? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The holiday season is right around the corner and Soldiers' Angels is looking for individuals, groups, and businesses who will help us spread holiday joy to our troops and veterans. Through our Holiday Community Partner program, you and your group can share the spirit of the season through cards, letters, and stuffed stockings. Working from a list of approved items, your group stuffs the stockings and Soldiers' Angels will distribute them to service members and veterans. Learn more and sign up here.
Fall is fast approaching- which means all of that leftover candy from Halloween is not too far off either! Soldiers' Angels will be collecting excess candy for our "Treats for the Troops" program again this year. Please help us spread the word about this great program. Pass on the flyers to your dentists, orthodontists, or any business/group that may be interested in collecting extra candy. Email email@example.com for more information or click here to download the flyers.
Soldiers’ Angels is proud to partner with Liberty Angel “Thank A Million Soldiers” Program to show appreciation to the brave men and women who have fought so gallantly for our freedom. Liberty Angel Inc. has been a major donor to Soldiers’ Angels in the past and has provided thousands of products for deployed service members in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones. The Soldiers’ Coin and Prayer has been a major inspiration for many of our deployed service members who take these coins into combat with them. This small token has helped boost their morale and provide a sense of pride, knowing that the American public continues to support their heroic efforts. If your business would like to purchase products from Liberty Angel Inc. to show your appreciation and help reach the million goal, please contact Steve Alger at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.libertyangel.com.
Sending care packages is not just about what is inside the box, it's about the feeling that special service member gets when they open the package.
Angel Kelly, a member of the Soldiers' Angels Ladies of Liberty Team, talks about what goes into creating "extra happy" care packages. Read what she has to say and see some of her care packages here.
On July 22, Soldiers' Angels continued to provide food assistance to San Antonio area veterans and their families. The Veteran Mobile Food Pantry, now in its tenth month, witnessed a unique turn of events -- many local veterans requested to attend as volunteers instead of recipients. These veteran volunteers had received food and assistance from past Soldiers' Angels events and were now eager to "pay it forward" by assisting other veteran families in need. Read more here.
Thursday, July 21st marked the first veteran mobile food pantry event in Denver, Colorado. The event, in partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies and sponsored by Lockheed Martin, was a huge success! Over 150 veterans and their families were provided with 50 pounds of food each. Soldiers' Angels will be hosting monthly events in Denver and is also working on starting the program in other cities across the country. Click here for photos from the July event.
On Monday, July 18, 2016 Soldiers' Angels hosted a dinner for veterans and their families at the Defenders Lodge in Palo Alto, California. The event, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, treated 115 veterans and families who live at the Defenders Lodge. Guests enjoyed an array of deli style foods and spent the evening visiting and connecting with Soldiers' Angels volunteers.
Soldiers’ Angels partnered with Motorola last week to pack 1,000 hygiene kits for Chicago veterans. Over 60 Motorola staff members and interns came out to help pack the items. The Motorola Foundation also made a generous $7,500 donation to Soldiers’ Angels for veterans support efforts. Check out all of the photos from the event here.
Since 2012, Books-A-Million has partnered with Soldiers' Angels to donate more than 320,000 bags of coffee to our service members and veterans. This year was no different. The total number of bags donated was more than 85,000-- beating the campaign goal of 50,000. To see photos of our troops and veterans receiving these generous donations, check out our album here (more photos added as we get them). To read more, click here.
On June 24, 2016 Soldiers' Angels hosted the 9th monthly Veteran Mobile Food Pantry at their headquarters location in San Antonio, Texas. The event provided over 200 low income veterans and their families with 50 lbs of food each-- including fresh fruits and vegetables. This month the event was sponsored by Valero Energy Foundation. Click here to learn more and view our photos.
Hearing first-hand accounts of how Soldiers' Angels has helped to support our service members and veterans is what motivates us to continue doing what we do. Below is a message from a service member supported by several of our teams: Angel Bakers, Deployed Adoptions, Cards Plus and Letter Writing.
"From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. Thanks for all the cards and letters that your volunteers have sent me while deployed to Afghanistan. They were amazing. I don't know how I will ever write them all back. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. I wanted to let you know I am leaving Afghanistan. My mission is complete and my team and I are headed home. Please remove my name from the mailing list, so you can make room for another deployed Soldier. Your volunteers are amazing, they have really been a boost to me and I wanted you all to know that I am grateful for your support. Take care, God bless you all and keep up the fantastic work."
Best Corporate Events held a Build-A-Wheelchair team building workshop at the California Institute of Technology on June 8, 2016. At the event, 110 people worked on 11 teams to build 22 wheelchairs. The wheelchairs were then donated to Soldiers' Angels who, in turn, donated them to the Los Angeles VA Hospital.
Thanks to the generous support of Rackspace, Soldiers’ Angels is able to continue providing laptops equipped with Dragon software to deserving veterans like Joseph.
"I wanted to say that you guys & gals made my weekend. Providing me with a new computer & software was truly amazing. I can't thank you enough for your care and generosity."
Shaveology has partnered with Soldiers' Angels in an effort to raise both awareness and money for our troops. From now until Fathers' Day (Sunday, June 19th), Shaveology will donate 15% of all revenue to Soldiers' Angels. Check out all of their great shaving accessories here.
Soldiers' Angels is proud to announce the expansion of its popular Veteran Mobile Food Pantry to serve the San Diego area. Since the inception of the Veteran Mobile Food Pantry service in September of 2015, Soldiers' Angels has served over 1800 veteran families at its headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. This inaugural event in San Diego is just the first step in expanding the service to major cities across the country. For more information on the San Diego event, visit our Events Calendar here and click on June 9th, 2016.
Thanks to donations from girl scout troops all over the country, Soldiers' Angels is shipping delicious girl scout cookies to deployed troops and handing them out to veterans in VA Hospitals. This photo is the 10th Combat Support Hospital ready to dig into their cookies! Huge thanks to all the girl scouts who are helping spread the love to our service members and veterans. Click here to check out all the photos in our Girl Scout Cookies 2016 album on Facebook.
Soldiers' Angels held a great Box Lunch packing event in Detroit earlier this week. Huge thanks to the Walmart Foundation for funding the event and also to Quicken Loans who sent volunteers to help make the event a success.
On May 23, 2016 Soldiers' Angels held another hugely successful Veteran Mobile Food Pantry at our headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. The major underwriter for this month's event was Chenega Corporation EH&F. With the help of a fantastic group of volunteers from Chenega Corporation and USAA, we served 144 local veteran families with food baskets! Thank you to everyone involved in helping Soldiers' Angels keep this monthly event going. Be sure to check out the Events Calendar for information on the next Mobile Food Pantry in San Antonio as well as the introduction of our Veteran Mobile Food Pantry in other cities across the U.S.
Soldiers' Angels joined forces with a Chaplain unit in Afghanistan to host a celebration honoring deployed female service members. "Angel" volunteers from the Soldiers' Angels Chaplain Support Team and the Soldiers' Angels Ladies of Liberty Team pooled together their efforts and sent goodies, snacks, giveaway items, makeup and more to the Chaplains for their event. Soon, the original small celebration turned into a base wide party for female service members that was held during Mother's Day weekend! The event was complete with free goodies and BBQ. To read more and check out more photos from the event, click here.
Soldiers’ Angels has partnered with Books-A-Million for the ‘Coffee for the Troops’ campaign from May 1-29 at all Books-A-Million stores nationwide. This is the seventh campaign for Books-A-Million to show their support of our deployed service members and veterans. Books-A-Million has donated more than 240,000 bags of coffee to Soldiers’ Angels since 2012. All coffee donations will be distributed to our deployed service members and VA Hospitals across the country just in time for Independence Day.
Visit your local Books-A-Million store and purchase a bag of Joe Muggs coffee - http://www.booksamillion.com/storefinder?id=6628061733273. Or you can order on-line at http://www.booksamillion.com/coffeefortroops.
On April 17, Georgia Soldiers' Angels got a great welcome at the Atlanta Girl Scouts Council "Smiles 4 Military" event! Many thanks for inviting our organization and a big thanks for the 370 cases of Girl Scout Cookies being donated to Soldiers' Angels for us to distribute to our troops!
Love to sew baby booties and knit cuddly blankets? Or perhaps shopping for cute baby items is a fun pastime? Be sure to check out the Soldiers' Angels Operation Top Knot Team! The dedicated Angel volunteers on this team provide virtual baby showers for military families. With their collective skills of sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and shopping, these Angels help ease the stresses of military life for expectant spouses of deployed service members as well as active duty female service members.
To learn more about this team and to join as a recipient or volunteer, visit the team page here.
We receive many thank you notes from the service members and veterans that we serve-- but it makes it even more special when those service members return home safely from deployment and then sign up to become Angels themselves! Take a look at this great thank you note from a Sailor turned Angel:
This message is just a Thank You message to all of the Volunteers and partners of Soldiers' Angels. I am an Active Duty Sailor and while I was deployed Soldiers' Angels helped me through my deployment with the Care Packages and endless letters. I tried to thank everyone who reached out to me until the mission ramped up and I couldn't always reply in a timely manner. I still feel guilty about those I couldn't reach out to. But I am paying it forward. I have always taken care of my own Sailors who were deployed but I know how much care packages can improve morale so I registered to become an "Angel" so I can reach out to more people. Thank you so much for all you do. I look forward to helping my brothers and sisters in arms. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!"
Soldiers' Angels has partnered with Montana Winery for a special offer to help our service members and veterans. Montana Winery has developed two new blended red & white wines to support the mission of Soldiers' Angels. The Red Blend is: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Notes of blackberries, cherries, leather and white pepper. The White Blend is: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion. Notes of peach, pear, apricot, pineapple and jasmine. The wine pair sells for $35.98 which includes handling & state and federal taxes. Soldiers' Angels receives $8 from each pair of wine sold.
Help support Soldiers' Angels by purchasing your wine today by clicking here.
A big thanks to the Motorola Solutions Foundation for their recent partnership with Soldiers' Angels! At an event in Las Vegas, employees packed 2,000 hygiene kits which will be distributed to veterans at the Las Vegas VA Medical Center. The Motorola Solutions Foundation also presented Soldiers' Angels with a check for $20,000.
Thanks to the members of Little Gruene Church for sponsoring and volunteering at the March Veteran Mobile Food Pantry! The event was held on March 18th in the parking lot of our headquarters office in San Antonio, Texas. Because of the generosity of our sponsor and our continued partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank and the Vet Center, we were able to serve free food to 146 at-risk or in-need veteran families in the San Antonio area.
Thanks to Eyes on Freemont in Seattle, many Washington veterans will receive much needed reading glasses! From December 14-31st, the store donated one set of reading glasses per each eyeglass purchase to Soldiers' Angels. In just that short time, they donated over 440 sets of custom-made reading glasses. Thank you to everyone at Eyes on Freemont as well as the local lens lab, Single Vision Express, who supplied the optical lenses.
Students from San Antonio's Northside Independent School District chose Soldiers' Angels for their "The Big Event" service project. The students came together at the Soldiers' Angels headquarters and made 22 no-sew blankets that will be dispersed to veteran patients at the VA Hospital. Big thanks to these students for giving back to our veterans!
Georgia Soldiers' Angels packed 600 (yes, six hundred!) gift bags in only about 1 hour! These gift bags will be given out to veterans attending the "Concert for Heroes" show featuring The Miracles on March 12th at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center. A big thanks to all of the donors who contributed items for the bags and for the volunteers who came out to fill them with such speed & efficiency!
We received a record number of applicants for the 2015 Adopt-A-Family program, closing it off with 1,150 applicants-- 400+ applicants more than 2014. In total, we were able to ensure that 83% of the eligible applicants were adopted this year! Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 program--- Angels, Sponsors, Donors, Businesses. Your support of these families was overwhelming and we look forward to making an even greater impact with the Adopt-A-Family Program in 2016.
Thanks to McDermott, Will & Emery International Law Firm for their continued laptop donations, Soldiers' Angels was able to donate laptops to deserving military children. The four kids pictured are all stationed with their families at USAG Rheinland-Pflaz in Baumholder, Germany. They attend the middle & high schools on base and these laptops will help them get the new year off to a great start!
A huge thanks to Trail's End Popcorn & The Boy Scouts of America for their extraordinary donation of Trail's End popcorn products to Soldiers' Angels! Soldiers' Angels has received over 1,400 pallets of popcorn, valued at over $5M, through their campaign. The popcorn is pouring in and we are busy dispersing it to VA Hospitals, National Guard units, and military bases across the country. Click here to view our Facebook album to see the many pictures of happy popcorn recipients across the country!
During the last week of December, Soldiers' Angels held an End of Year Giveaway Event for veterans at its headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to the generosity of donors, over 140 veterans and their families were provided carts full of items that will help to keep their pantries stocked for the winter. Giveaway items included: non-perishable food items (rice, noodles, taco seasoning, ranch dressing), fudge, coffee, nuts, popcorn, trash bags, and toiletries. There were even plush stuffed animals for the children!
ClearShark, a small IT sales company based in Hanover, Maryland, participated in the 2015 Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program. Despite the small size of this company, they decided to give back to military families in a BIG way-- the company adopted 37 families this year! Collectively they purchased gifts for 109 children and their parents as well as providing each family with a holiday meal. Twenty-five ClearShark employees and management volunteered to shop for these families, coordinate a holiday meal, wrap presents and deliver/ship the gifts.
A huge Thank You to everyone at ClearShark for all you did to make the holidays special for these deserving families!
To read the full story, click here to view the press release from ClearShark.
What better gift to receive as a child at Christmas than a brand new bicycle! Thanks to a generous donation from Lockheed Martin of nine bicycles, Soldiers' Angels was able to fulfill that wish for children from military/veteran families. A giveaway was held at the Menlo Park VA in California to present the lucky and deserving nine children with their brand new bikes. Thank you Lockheed Martin!
On December 14, 2015 Soldiers' Angels served 157 local veteran families during the December mobile food pantry event in San Antonio, Texas. This month's event, which took place at the Soldiers' Angels headquarters, was sponsored by Time Warner Cable. It marks the third veteran mobile food pantry event hosted by Soldiers' Angels in the past four months. With the help of sponsors and the continued partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank and the San Antonio Vet Center, Soldiers' Angels hopes to continue this event on a monthly basis.
Take a look at all the photos from this event here.
Interested in sponsoring a Mobile Food Pantry in the future? Call Soldiers' Angels: 210-629-0020
The Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program has received and processed over 1,200 applications from military and veteran families asking for assistance this holiday season. Although we have been able to successfully match most of these families with sponsors, we still have 300 families that have not been adopted.
Can you help provide these families with the holiday they deserve?
Already an Angel? Login to your account & sign-up to Adopt-A-Family. Not an Angel? No problem! Click here and follow the instructions.
You can also contribute monetary donations directly to the program: www.GoFundMe.com/SAAdoptAFamily
There are hundreds of families of deployed service members and wounded warriors across the country that are at risk of not having a proper holiday meal. Our Adopt-A-Family program matches military families with volunteers to make sure there's food on the table and gifts under the tree. We will have over 1500 applicants for assistance this year and will have only about 800 matched up with an adopting family. This leaves 700 military families still at risk of not having a happy holiday season. Can you help us raise the funds to provide a happy holiday for the remaining families?
Donate now via our Go Fund Me campaign. You can even set up your own campaign to help the cause!
The Harry & David "Moose Munch® Bars for the Troops" promotion is back! From November 11 to December 24, 2015 the Moose Munch® Bars will be available to purchase in Harry & David retail stores nationwide. Each treat will include a note and a plastic spoon. Soldiers' Angels will distribute these treats to deployed service members around the world. For the full story and how to get your Moose Munch® Bars for the Troops, read the full press release from Harry & David here.
Military families usually live on a very tight budget, so putting together a Christmas or other winter holiday celebration can be a real challenge for some of them. This is where the Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family program comes in. Through this program, Soldiers' Angels matches military families with sponsors who "adopt" the family for the holidays. The sponsor will provide presents for the children and a grocery gift card or prepaid Visa gift card for the family to purchase their holiday dinner and trimmings.
All military families registering must complete registration by Tuesday, December 8th at 5:00 pm CT. Family Registrations will close at that time. Volunteers may still register to adopt families after that date.
For more information for military families or those interested in adopting a military family, please visit the Soldiers' Angels Adopt-a-Family Team page.
Veterans Day is November 11th and Soldiers’ Angels is participating in a great campaign to honor Veterans and raise money for our ongoing causes. The campaign is called Day for the Brave. It is a 24-hour online giving event that will bring together nonprofits and individuals around the country to give back in support of our nation’s veterans. Your donation will help us continue our mission that No Soldier Goes Unloved by providing support to deployed troops as well as veterans in VA Hospitals across America.
For more information or to donate on November 11th, visit our Day for the Brave page: https://dayforthebrave.razoo.com/story/Soldiersangels
November is National Family Caregivers Month. During this month, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all caregivers and, specifically, to caregivers of military service members and veterans. Caring for our wounded, ill and injured veterans is an incredibly noble & selfless act and we thank you for all that you do.
If you know someone who is the caregiver for a military veteran, please encourage them to join our Women of Valor Team. Women of Valor is a Soldiers’ Angels Program that provides support specifically to those courageous female caregivers of Post 9-11 wounded, ill and injured service members. Participating Angels focus on providing self-care and educational support to these caregivers.
To learn more about the Women of Valor Team, visit their program page here.
We need your help to support our veterans during the cold days ahead by making & donating a “No-Sew” blanket. These blankets are an easy craft project with a huge impact and a great way to show your appreciation to our veterans.
The blanket drive will continue through the early months of 2016. For more information about the drive, as well as instructions on how to make the no sew blankets, click here or contact Renee at email@example.com.
Are you part of a larger company or organization that is looking to coordinate a service project to give back to our veterans? No Sew Blankets are a great project to do at your next company gathering! For more information for large companies/organizations, please contact InKind@soldiersangels.org.
Thanks to our sponsor, Liberty Mutual, Soldiers' Angels was able to host a Mobile Food Pantry for veterans for the second month in a row! The event took place in the parking lot of the Soldiers' Angels headquarters office in San Antonio, Texas. With the partnership of the San Antonio Food Bank and the VET Center, 50lbs of food was distributed to local veterans and their families. In total, 111 families were served during this month's event.
Soldiers' Angels hopes to continue the success of this event and host a Mobile Food Pantry every month. Take a look at photos from the event here.
Interested in sponsoring a Mobile Food Pantry in the future? Call Soldiers' Angels: 210-629-0020
Monday, October 26, 2015 is National Day of the Deployed, a holiday founded by Soldiers’ Angels to honor all of the brave men and women who have been deployed and are sacrificing, or have sacrificed, their lives to fight for our country. It’s also a day that acknowledges the families they are separated from. Soldiers’ Angels founded this holiday to further support our mission of ensuring that No Soldier Goes Unloved. It’s important to us that our deployed military service members and their families are supported.
Learn more about Day of the Deployed here.
The holidays are just around the corner-- looking for that special gift? Soldiers' Angels has partnered with The American Pride Calendar to support our military service members, veterans, and their families. The American Pride Calendar is one of the most unique and beneficial gifts you can give. This calendar is professionally made and a great gift to give family, friends, business associates, and anyone who loves American History. The American Pride Calendar outlines great events in American history, has discounts for products made in America, and benefits Soldiers' Angels. Soldiers' Angels will receive $5.00 from the purchase of every calendar.
Click here to use our special link to order your calendars today.
Also, click here to check out the Bonus Package - Buy 5, Get 1 Free!
Looking for a simple and easy way to say "thank you" and to bring a smile to that service man or woman's face--- we think we've finally found it: Operation Camo Cookies!
We don't know a soldier, sailor, airman or marine that doesn't like to eat (and receiving something from home is always the best). So we've partnered with an outstanding new company, Camo Cookies. This company is dedicated to honoring our military men and women by "Sending a Sweet Salute" of great tasting cookies!
If you're looking for a quick, easy and fun way to reach out to any of our military members-- active duty or retired, domestic or deployed-- just click here to order Camo Cookies!
It's fast and easy to buy a tub of camo cookies and you are guaranteed to make someone very happy!
Books-A-Million and its customers will be showing their support for our troops and veterans with the return of their "Coffee for the Troops" campaign. From October 4-31 you can visit any Books-A-Million store and purchase a bag of Joe Muggs coffee for donation. Books-A-Million will also contribute 1 bag for every 5 customer purchases. The donated coffee will be given to Soldiers' Angels and we will distribute the coffee to our deployed troops as well as veterans at VA hospitals across the country.
This is the sixth Coffee for the Troops campaign that Books-A-Million has hosted and their donation totals have exceeded 180,000 bags of coffee! The goal for this campaign is to donate 50,000 bags.
Please be sure to stop by your local Books-A-Million between October 4-31 and donate your bag of Joe Muggs! Also, be sure to thank Books-A-Million while you are there! Coffee is one of the most requested items from deployed troops and VA hospitals. The continued support from Books-A-Million of the Coffee for the Troops campaign is highly appreciated by troops and veterans.
To find a Books-A-Million location near you, visit their website here.
Colleen, one of our Angels on the Soldiers' Angels Angel Bakers Team created these sweet treats for one of the soldiers she supports in Pakistan. Colleen and her granddaughter baked and sent these delicious looking cake mix cookies, as well as sugar cookies, S'mores, and Somoa cookies!
This is the wonderful 'Thank You' note she received back from her soldier:
"Thank you soooooo much for the care package (I picked it up today). I have laid out the cookies and all the guys have already dug into them - they are almost gone. Please tell your granddaughter thanks for taking the time to help bake us the goodies. I am really excited about the book Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber. I am a huge fan of the cedar cove series on Hallmark. Again, a heartfelt THANK YOU... Your care package meant a great deal."
Do you love to bake? To learn more about the Soldiers' Angels Angel Bakers Team and how you can be a part of sending sweet treats like these to our deployed troops, click here.
Did you know that there are actually two Mother’s Days in the United States? The first one is celebrated in May – the standard Mother’s Day we all celebrate. But the second Mother’s Day is one many Americans are not aware of. It’s called Gold Star Mother’s Day and it is observed on the last Sunday of September each year. Gold Star Mother’s Day is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.
The holiday is celebrated by American Gold Star Mothers, a Veterans service organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
This week on our blog we highlight a Gold Star family and talk about how the Soldiers’ Angels Living Legends team helps families who endure a military loss.
Read the full blog here.
Soldiers' Angels and International Paper teamed up to pack 1,000 non perishable lunch kits for homeless veterans in the San Antonio area. International Paper donated everything needed for this event: from the boxes to the food! They designed, created, and donated a special lunch box as well as a larger box that will perfectly fit 24 of these special lunch boxes. They also provided all of the food items used to fill these lunch boxes, which was purchased from the San Antonio Food Bank! The packaging event, which took place on September 23rd at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, included 100 officers and spouses of the company who were in town for the International Paper company conference. It only took about 40 minutes for the 100 employees to package 1,000 lunch kits!
In addition to all of the great work International Paper did to provide these lunches to our homeless veterans, they also made a generous donation of $10,000 to Soldiers' Angels. And not only did they donate enough boxes for this packing event, but donated an additional 5,200 lunch boxes and an additional 1,045 packing boxes-- valued at $6,897 of In-Kind donations!
Thanks to everyone at International Paper who took the time to give back to our veterans! Your generosity is helping us take our mission even further: "May No Soldier Go Unloved!" A big thanks as well to the Soldiers' Angels volunteers who spent the morning of the event setting up the ballroom at the Hyatt!
Check out the great photos from the event here or watch our event movie below!
Looking for a R.E.D. Friday t-shirt to show your support for our troops each week? Bullzerk has this great R.E.D. Friday design now available! Not only is this a great shirt, but 10% of all shirts sold will be donated back to Soldiers' Angels!
R.E.D. Friday, or Remember Everyone Deployed, is a way we can show our deployed servicemen and servicewomen every week that they are always on our hearts and minds. So spread the word and wear red every Friday!
Click here to order your R.E.D. Friday shirt from Bullzerk.
Are you left with a mountain of candy after every Halloween? Perhaps you didn't have as many trick-or-treaters as you anticipated or perhaps your own trick-or-treaters got a few too many treats? Don't let that candy go to waste! Donate your excess candy to Soldiers' Angels "Treats for Troops" program! Soldiers' Angels will get this candy to our Troops and Veterans for a sweet treat.
If you are interested in learning more about the Treats for Troops program or where you can donate your leftover candy, email: InKind@soldiersangels.org. You can also download the Treats for Troops flyer by clicking here.
It is through personal storytelling that we can help to memorialize 9/11 and keep those who lost their lives or are still suffering from loss in our hearts and minds. We asked some of our staff and angels to share their stories with us: where they were and how they heard about the September 11th attacks. Click here to read the full story on our Angel Blog.
Soldiers' Angels, the Vet Center and the San Antonio Food bank teamed up to host a Mobile Food Pantry in San Antonio, Texas for local Veterans on Thursday, September 10th, 2015. The event was located at the San Antonio Vet Center and the goal was to supply 200 Veteran families with 50lbs of free food. The event, which lasted a little over two hours, far surpassed it's goal! The 50lbs of food was given out to 164 Veteran families and 526 individual Veterans! A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help make the event a success.
To view our album of photos from the event, click here.
VA Hospitals in Georgia are brighter and livelier thanks to our Georgia VA Representative, Dianne Moore. Dianne is constantly planning and organizing events in the VA Hospitals we serve in hopes of enriching the lives of veterans and showing our support for their sacrifices.
Dianne is currently the rep for the Atlanta VAMC, the Carl Vinson VAMC in Dublin, and Charlie Norwood VAMC in Augusta.
Support Our Troops, Veterans & Their Families Through the Combined Federal Campaign.
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has officially begun for 2015! The CFC is an opportunity for Federal Employees to come together and support a charitable organization. There are over 20,000 organizations involved in the CFC campaign and Soldiers' Angels is one of those. If you are a Federal Employee, please help support our troops, veterans and their families by donating to the CFC campaign in support of Soldiers' Angels #25131. If you know a Federal Employee, please spread the word to them and help us continue our mission to ensure "No Soldier Go Unloved."
The campaign will run from September 1 through December 15, 2015.
To learn more about the CFC campaign or to support Soldiers' Angels through this campaign, please click here.
Amy Krome became a Soldiers' Angels volunteer in March of 2005. After the tragic events of 9/11, Amy wanted to do something to give back, but her disability of cerebral palsy made it difficult for her to find the best niche. She found her place at Soldiers' Angels and now, in her 10th anniversary of being an 'Angel' to our military service members and veterans, Amy is taking on another challenge to support our brave men and women in uniform and our veterans. On September 5th and 6th, Amy is going to bike a little over 8 miles through Legacy Trail in Lexington, KY to raise funds for Soldiers' Angels.
Amy's goal is to raise $3,000 during the bike ride named "Angel on the Move." Her mission is even receiving some attention in the Medical community. A recent article in Emergency Physicians Monthly highlights her upcoming adventure: http://epmonthly.com/article/another-krome-sets-the-bar/
To read more about Amy, take a look at our blog post: http://soldiersangels.org/angel-blog.html/2015/08/06/Angel-on-the-Move/
To help Amy reach her goal, donate here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/AmyKrome/Angelonthemove
Thank you to this very special Angel! Amy, your hard-work and dedication to our service members, veterans and Soldiers' Angels is truly inspiring.
Soldiers' Angels is happy to announce that our organization's Gold level nonprofit profile on GuideStar USA is one of the top 10,000 most-viewed! That is the top 1% of all nonprofits represented on GuideStar. GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Follow the link below to check out the Soldiers' Angels profile on GuideStar and be sure to leave a review while you are there! http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/20-0583415/soldiers'-angels.aspx
Soldiers' Angels teams up with Sixthman Festivals at Sea to support our troops for the second year! This time, Soldiers' Angels will be aboard "The Outlaw Country Cruise" in February 2016. The cruise will be sailing from Miami to Grand Cayman from February 7-11 and will feature a huge lineup of country musicians, such as: Blackberry Smoke, Lucinda Williams and over twenty other bands/musicians!
During the cruise, there will be an auction for guitars signed by the bands. All proceeds from the auction will go to Soldiers' Angels!
For more information on the cruise, visit their website: http://www.outlawcountrycruise.com/
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 is "Be An Angel Day"! We didn’t invent this awesome holiday but we are excited to celebrate it! Be An Angel Day encompasses all that we do for our military, veterans, and their families at Soldiers’ Angels. This day is all about making the world a better place through acts of kindness, care and support. To celebrate, we ask that you be an angel to our military heroes and help us fulfill our mission of making sure “No Soldier Goes Unloved”.
Click here to read our blog about some ways that you can Be An Angel for a military hero, family member or veteran.
Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page here where we are running a fun little contest through August 21st to celebrate Be An Angel Day.
As combat operations continue to decline, many facilities have closed down in Afghanistan. The soldiers have little to no access to goods. Guess what the one thing is the troops have been asking for? ......... Coffee!
Unfortunately, coffee is one of the hardest commodities to get donated and shipped overseas! There is good news and bad news. Soldiers' Angels has thousands of bags of coffee on hand, most of which will go to VA Hospitals. We would like to get as much oversees to the troops as we can afford to ship.
We need your help to get this coffee to the troops in combat! Click the link to donate and help us get coffee to American troops!
Over 250 Oracle employees participated in a volunteer service project in San Francisco. Over 110 no-sew blankets were made to be used to support veteran patients at VA Medical Centers in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and San Francisco. Special thanks to the wonderful team at Oracle for supporting Soldiers’ Angels!
Run with the Angels or become a volunteer for the Gladiator Rock N' Run mud run in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. The event will take place at the Village Creek Motocross Park on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 8:00am. Great event for groups and organizations to participate or volunteer! The run will benefit Soldiers' Angels.
Interested in participating in the run? Click here or go to www.GladiatorRockNRun.com and use Promo Code soldiersangels5
Interested in registering as a volunteer? Click here.
Soldiers' Angels is honored to have been selected as the official charity for the Dallas and Pittsburgh locations of this year's Gladiator Rock'n Run™ events! The Gladiator Rock'n Run™ is an exciting mud race that challenges participants to work together to conquer obstacles, and then celebrate their conquests with a post-race party filled with music, beer and food.
Click Here to read more and learn how you can help!
Walmart funded 1,250 box lunches for homeless, at risk, and hospitalized veterans of Texas. On July 29, 2015, over 15 Walmart Associates from several stores throughout San Antonio gathered to package the box lunches funded by the Walmart Grant. The lunches will be distributed to VA Hospitals and VA Homeless Stand Downs throughout the state of Texas. Thank you Walmart for assisting Soldiers' Angels in providing hunger relief to those that have served!
It's easier than ever to get involved with Soldiers' Angels with our new Events Calendar on our website! This calendar features all upcoming Soldiers' Angels events across the country with times, dates and who you need to contact in order to learn more about each event.
Most people know all about the care packages and letters our angels send to deployed troops overseas--- but what many people don't know is that we also provide support within many of the VA Hospitals across the country. Soldiers' Angels has VA Representatives at these hospitals who work hard to help improve the lives of injured, ill or wounded vets.
Below is a list of just some of the ways these VA Reps provide support:
This is just the tip of the iceberg! There are many more ways our VA Reps provide support.
To learn more about how our VA Rep's provide support in VA Hospitals across the nation, read the full story on our Angel Blog here.
Interested in getting involved with our VA Support Programs? Find out more on our website here.
Made In America Co., a nonpartisan organization that focuses on encouraging others to buy American-Made products, is hosting a fundraiser for Soldiers' Angels. For every American flag Made In America Co. sells, they will contribute $5 to support Veterans in need through Soldiers' Angels. Help them meet their $500 goal by ordering an American-made American flag today! Click here to visit their website. Thank you to everyone at Made In America Co. for your support of our Veterans and the Soldiers' Angels mission.
Thanks to the local Georgia business, Assured Comfort Heating and Air, last month's gigantic bulk donations of coffee & cookies were distributed to three VA Hospitals around the state of Georgia: Atlanta VA in Decatur, Carl Vinson VA in Dublin and Charlie Norwood VA in Augusta. Assured Comfort owner Jerry Hall generously foot the bill for both the storage and transportation to get these items into the hands of our veterans! Assured Comfort is a HERO to the HEROES!
Continuing its alliance with Soldiers’ Angels, Clear Insurance Group debuts a new local charity campaign in San Antonio, TX to support the needs of our growing veteran population. The plan is to direct raised funds to cover the costs of special programs offered through Soldiers’ Angels.
Click here to read the full story.
Could you imagine how many people we would reach if we had a commercial during the Superbowl? Soldiers' Angels has a very unique opportunity to win a 30 second commercial during Super Bowl 50 in February of 2016! But we need your help!
Intuit QuickBooks has created the "Small Business, Big Game" competition of which the winner will receive a 30-second produced TV commercial that will run during the Super Bowl!
This is an amazing opportunity to spread the word about the great things Soldiers' Angels is doing for our service members and veterans!
How You Can Help: Vote and Spread the Word!
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You can vote once every 24 hours, so be sure to bookmark the voting page and come back every day!
For the second year in a row, Soldiers' Angels has been honored with the prestigious 2015 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The organization was also recognized with this award by GreatNonprofits in 2014. The award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Soldiers' Angels received - reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.
Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies-- especially our troops! Soldiers' Angels helps spread the love of these delicious treats to our men and women in uniform by distributing Girl Scout Cookies to our military and veterans all over the world. In 2015 alone, Soldiers' Angels has distributed over 225,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies!! That's over 37,000 boxes per month! Thanks to the help and support of our volunteers and donors, these cookies are giving our troops overseas a taste of home.
On Memorial Day 2015, the Liquidation Channel held a fundraiser for Soldiers' Angels-- they donated $1 to Soldiers' Angels for every purchase made. The promotion raised a grand total of $25,000! Special thanks to the Liquidation Channel for their fantastic contribution! The donations received will be utilized to support our nation's military service people, veterans, and their families.
Soldiers' Angels hosted a luncheon sponsored by Whataburger at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. In honor of our veteran's service, Whataburger donated meals and served 150 Veterans receiving care at the ALM VA Hospital. A huge thank you to Whataburger for your commitment and generosity to honor our veterans during Independence Day Weekend!
The Home Depot's associate-led volunteer force called Team Depot, Soldiers' Angels, Lockheed Martin and Cisco came together July 2nd at the Menlo Park VA to participate in a Summer of Service project to revitalize the grounds outside the National Center for PTSD. Lockheed Martin provided a BBQ for the PTSD patients and volunteers. The event was very successful and the group is already collaborating on future projects at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division.
Our thanks to Books-A-Million and its customers for the generous donation of 94 pallets of coffee for our deployed service members and veterans. Through their generosity of over $674,000 dollars of coffee, veterans at 22 VA Hospitals nationwide and deployed troops overseas will be waking up on our Nation’s Birthday with a fresh cup of coffee. We are grateful to Books-A-Million for their continued support of our Nation’s Heroes.
Special thanks to the Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands who graciously donated over 8,400 boxes of Girl Scout cookies for our South Carolina military members and veteran patients! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support! As you can see the recipients appreciate them as well!
Soldiers' Angels is honored to team with The Liquidation Channel on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) in support of our military service people. For every item purchased, LC will donate $1 to Soldiers' Angels. Join Soldiers' Angels and the LC family in our effort to support our nation's military service people, veterans, and their families. Read more and follow the event here!
Soldiers' Angels was honored to have been selected to partner with Amazon for the grand opening of the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Schertz, TX. Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Donna Campbell and other dignitaries were on hand for this special occasion. Soldiers' Angels had three wounded warriors in attendance who each received a donation of a Kindle Fire from Amazon. As part of this event, Amazon donated 35 Kindle Fires to Soldiers' Angels to distribute to San Antonio wounded warriors.
Special thanks to the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana who graciously donated over 8,400 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for our Kentuckiana military members and veteran patients! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support! As you can see the recipients appreciate them as well!
Monday, March 16th, Soldiers' Angels hosted a St. Patrick's Day Dinner at the Menlo Park VA in Menlo Park, California. A traditional Irish dinner was served with plenty of corned beef, ham, potatoes, and more. The group also celebrated March birthdays and played Bingo. One of the favorite Bingo prizes of the night was a handmade pillowcase created by an Angel member of the Soldiers' Angels Sewing Team!
Thanks to a very generous donation of work boots from H H Brown Work & Outdoor Group, Soldiers’ Angels was able to warm the feet of hundreds of homeless veterans living in cold climate locations in ten states!
Soldiers’ Angels teamed up with Aviall and Boeing to host a luncheon and bingo for patients at the Blind Injury Center at the Hines VA in the Chicago metro area on Saturday, February 28. Over 25 Aviall and Boeing employees and their family members attended.
We are excited to announce that we have been chosen as the 2015 military charity for Homefront IPA! Homefront IPA is a collaborative beer brewed across the country with the aim of giving back to military personnel. It’s put together by an organization called Hops for Heroes – a group of breweries who want to give back by doing what they love: making beer. Read the full story here...
Monday, February 16th, Soldiers' Angels hosted a Valentine's Dinner at the Menlo Park VA in Menlo Park, California. The dinner featured a homemade Greek meal followed by some gifts for our Vets, including beautiful handmade cards created by a Library group from St Helen's, Michigan as well as books donated from Angel Julie Hurbert. The night also celebrated February birthdays of Vets - Penny & Nick and ended with a White Elephant gift exchange. A fun and special Valentine's night filled with love for our Vets at Menlo Park!
Soldiers' Angels donated Girl Scout Cookies to the Air Force Reserves for use in their Yellow Ribbon Program. The cookies will be given out to 700 Airmen and their families that are getting ready to Deploy or those that have just returned.
Author, Vietnam Veteran, and International Tax Attorney, Cym Lowell, was the featured guest speaker at the Mid-Bay Rotary Club's meeting on Wednesday, January 13, at Bluewater Bay Golf Course Club House in Niceville, Florida. Lowell discussed with the members his initiative, Operation: Next Chapter and how the proceeds from the sale of his book, Jaspar's War, are donated to Soldiers' Angels Project: Valor-IT, to purchase voice-controlled laptop computers for wounded military heroes, who for various reasons, have lost the use of their hands. Mid-Bay Rotary Club has contributed to the initiative with a generous donation.
Soldiers' Angels attended the final Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise recently and held raffles and silent auctions for guitars autographed by Lynyrd Skynyrd band members, as well as the other bands performing on the cruise. Soldiers' Angels was able to raise $23,000 to support our troops, wounded warriors and veterans.
BakeMeAWish.com and Soldiers' Angels spread love to Veterans this Valentine’s Day by giving away 600 "Valentine's Day Freedom Cakes" to Veterans in honor of National Salute to Veteran Patients, a nationwide program to express appreciation of our Veterans and increase community awareness of VA medical centers. The event was held at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System’s Brooklyn Campus, 800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, NY, on February 10th at 1pm.
Love fishing, golfing, spa treatments, good food, & music? Join us at the 19th Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament, June 25-28, 2015 hosted at the beautiful Hilton Los Cabos Beach Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This world-class charity fundraiser combines deep sea fishing, golf on premier courses, and top-notch musical entertainment. Sign up today for a sponsorship or team and help Soldiers’ Angels continue to meet its mission. Check out more information at http://www.soldiersangels.org/19th-annual-stars-and-stripes-tournament.html.
Thanks to a very generous donation of 180 pairs of work boots from H H Brown Work & Outdoor Group, Soldiers’ Angels was able to warm the feet of 180 Washington DC homeless veterans during the recent Veteran Affairs' recent stand-down.
Veteran patients of the Menlo Park VA enjoy Movie Night and a dinner buffet provided by Soldiers' Angels. Soldiers' Angels hosts this event on the first Monday of every month. Dinner was followed with cookies, cake, and Root Beer floats!
Soldiers' Angels supplies coffee to our veterans at the Veteran's Benefits Center-North Central Pennsylvania. This facility serves 9 counties and over 30,000 veterans. Soldiers' Angels is the only nonprofit organization that currently occupies office space in their building. Special thanks to the great folks at Barnes & Noble for the coffee donation!
Soldiers' Angels donates hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies to service members returning from deployment. Service members and their families from around the country will be able to enjoy these delicious cookies!
Soldiers’ Angels and Wegmans of Germantown, MD, provided a lovely dessert event for the patients of the PTS & TBI Wards of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Due to their medical conditions, many of these wounded warriors were unable to leave the hospital for the holidays. Wegmans donated cookies and apple cider so Soldiers’ Angels volunteers could provide holiday cheer to these heroes.
Rita Medlin, Women Veterans Program Manager, wanted to do something special for the female Veterans who are receiving maternity care through non-VA care providers. She reached out at a Veterans Service Organization meeting and the Soldiers' Angels organization made contact and were asked if they could do something to make our VA mothers feel recognized and special. Soliders' Angels was delighted to make crocheted baby blankets for our new babies born through this VA program. Sarah Ann Behtz, Soldiers' Angels program volunteer, is shown giving new blankets to Rita Medlin, Women Veterans Program Manager.
Soldiers' Angels has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Soldiers' Angels received - reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.
Author Cym Lowell is continuing his mission to make a difference in the lives of wounded Veterans. 100% of the profits from his book, Jaspar's War, are donated to Operation: Next Chapter and Soldiers' Angels to go toward providing special adaptive laptops to wounded service members. Jaspar's War can be purchased at Amazon.com.