Pledge to Serve
How will you honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy on MLK Day this year? Why not join Soldiers’ Angels and spend one hour, one day, one week, or maybe even the whole year serving those who serve every day?
Soldiers’ Angels provides a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that will get you and your family involved in giving back to our nation’s service members, veterans, and military families.
But this year, we’re also introducing a special campaign in honor of MLK Day of Service. Keep reading to learn how you can get involved today!
*Please be sure to read all of the campaign details below before you pledge.
Serve those Currently Serving
Volunteerism renews and strengthens communities, families, and ourselves while increasing understanding that things that divide us are smaller than what unites us. And on this special day of volunteerism, we can’t think of a better way to increase undrestanding for the difficulties deployed service members of the armed forces face than to provide an opportunity for everyone to create and send care packages.
Normally, to send a care package to a service member, our volunteers or Angels are required to join Soldiers’ Angels as a Team Angel and commit to being a member of a team that provides continuous support.
However, from January 1 – 31, in honor of Dr. King’s deep passion for creating change through light and love, we welcome you to experience the fulfilling act of creating and sending care packages with no obligation or commitment to continue volunteering after you pledge and send care packages!
Ready to pledge your care packages? Please be sure to read all of the information on this page (below the form) and then fill out the form when you’re ready to pledge!
Why Care Packages Matter
Deployments can be very difficult for our men and women in uniform, many of whom don’t receive any support from home while they are deployed— which severely impacts morale. But something as simple as a care package and a kind letter from a stranger can work miracles to ensure that those who serve know that Americans understand the difficulties they face for our freedom on a daily basis.
In addition, even though we may not currently be “at war,” thousands of service members are deployed to remote locations around the world and may not have easy access to supplies.
Your support helps to get much-needed supplies in the hands of even our most remote service members.
How It Works
Pledge & Pack Care Packages
Pledge however many care packages you can handle before 1/31 and then start a collection drive or purchase items from our list and pack them into a box! Ship to our office and we’ll ship them to deployed. Scroll down for full details and to make your pledge!
Send Us Care Package Supplies
If you don’t have time to pack care packages, that’s okay! We’ve got local volunteers who love to pack! Just shop our Amazon Gift Registry and have supplies shipped directly to us. We’ll make sure those items are packed and shipped to a deployed service member!
Your support is so important to our deployed service members that we want you to remember your volunteer experience long after January— pledge and send at least 1 care package before January 31 and we’ll send you a free Soldiers’ Angels volunteer t-shirt!* Pledge and send 10 or more care packages before January 31 and we’ll send you a free t-shirt plus another surprise gift of your choosing!*
*Once we receive all of the care packages you pledged to our office in San Antonio, you will receive an email with information on how to claim your free gifts. This offer is only good for those that choose the option to Pledge & Pack Care Packages.
MLK Day of Service: Pledge and Pack Care Packages
Ready to get started? Fantastic! Please read the important information below before you pledge care packages!
Get to packing your care packages in just 4 easy steps:
- Visit a USPS location near you and pick up one Priority Mail Flat Rate Large Box 1 (size 12.25″ x 12″ x 6″) for every care package you pledged to send. These boxes are FREE from the USPS and the large box provides the most bang for the buck when it comes to shipping overseas. (Hint: If you’re planning to pack 10 or more care packages, you can save some time by ordering your FREE USPS Flat Rate Boxes in packs of 10 or 25 online here.)
- Buy or collect items to stuff in your care package(s). You can easily buy care package items from your local grocery store, Target, WalMart, and even find great deals at dollar stores. After Step 4, you’ll find a detailed list of suggested items as well as items to avoid. You can also take a look at our Amazon Idea List for great items that can be delivered to your doorstep. If you’re planning to pack a lot of care packages or get your office, school, organization involved, setting up a collection drive is a great way to pool together your resources! Scroll down to the FAQ section to view our suggestions on setting up a collection drive.
- Pack your care packages! Packing can be as easy or as complicated as you have time for. The easiest way is to just place your items in the care package, tape it up, and send it off. But… if you feel the itch of creativity, you can decorate the inside of your box before you tape it up! This is not required and by no means necessary for a service member to enjoy receiving the care package— it’s just a fun extra step that some of our volunteers love to do. (Looking for some inspiration? Visit our Flickr Album here to see some of the crafty care packages our Angel volunteers have created.)
- Ship your completed care packages to Soldiers’ Angels! Once we receive your package, we’ll ship them to a deployed service member! Ship to: Soldiers’ Angels MLK Day of Service, 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas, 78218
Hygiene and Personal Care:*
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Cooling Towels
- Chap Stick
- Body Wash
- Wet Wipes
- Female Hygiene Products
- Hand Warmers
- Manicure Set
- Back Scratchers
- Socks (no tube socks)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Cleaning Cloths/Spray (for glasses/goggles)
*Travel-sized items preferred
Snack Items: **
- Freezer Pops
- Powdered Drink Mixes (Single Serve)
- Protein Bars
- Jerky or“ Meat Sticks
- Sunflower Seeds
- Freeze-Dried Fruit (Single Serve)
- Hot Sauce Packets
- Single-Serve Peanut Butter or Nutella
- Single-Serve Cereals (Boxes or Cups, no bags)
- Nuts/Trail Mix (Single Serve)
- Tuna Salad Kit with Crackers
- Chicken Salad Kit with Crackers
- Gum and Candy
**Must be store-bought. If you are interested in baking, please check out the Soldiers’ Angels Angel Baker Team
- Small or Foldable Frisbees
- Small Balls or Footballs
- Fun/Party Sunglasses
- Hand Fans or Personal Portable Fans
- Patriotic-themed decor
- Leis/Summer-themed decor
- Back Scratcher
- Puzzle Books
- Travel-Sized Games
- Coloring Books
- Colored Pencils
- Pencil Sharpeners
***Please focus on small items that could easily fit into a stocking and/or a medium flat rate box.
- NO GLITTER!! One more time… NO GLITTER!
- NO AEROSOLS or SPRAYS IN CANS
- No Pork or Pork By-Products (Slim Jims are OK)
- Tobacco or Alcoholic Beverage Products
- Bars of Soap
- Anything packaged in glass
- No religious items of any kind
- Sharp Objects (Knives, Tools, Safety Pins, etc.)
- Pornography or other culturally sensitive material
- Bagged Potato Chips (they are too easily crushed)
- Unwrapped Candies
- Nail Polish
- Perfume or Cologne
That’s it. It’s that easy to make an impact!
We’re ready when you are! Just click the Pledge button to make start your MLK Day of Service project now!
Want to keep your impact going beyond MLK Day? Become an Angel Volunteer NOW!
Soldiers’ Angels is currently experiencing a critical problem… we have more service members registered for support than Angels that can support them!
So if you enjoyed the act of packing care packages for deployed and can see yourself giving back in that same way every single month… we urgently need you on our Deployed Adoptions Team!!
The Deployed Adoptions Team not only sends care packages— they adopt one (or more) service members for the length of their deployment and send them at least one care package and two letters or cards every 30 days. This unique opportunity allows you to get to know the service member you’re supporting and tailor the care packages to include what they need or want. Many of our Angel volunteers form lifelong friendships with the service members they support! Take a look at just a few of those stories here.
Please, help us ensure that No Soldier Goes Unloved and click the button below to learn more and join the Deployed Adoptions Team NOW!
Soldiers’ Angels MLK Day of Service FAQ’s and Notes:
Click on a frequently asked question below for the answer.
A: As many as you want and can realistically pack and ship. Just please keep in mind that one well-packed care package that is stuffed to the brim is much, much more effective than 10 care packages that only have one or two items in them!
A: Please ship to: Soldiers’ Angels MLK Day of Service, 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas, 78218 Please note: you will be responsible for all shipping costs. We will not accept COD deliveries. If you have any questions regarding shipping, please email us.
A: If you pledge care packages and/or collect care package items, you agree to cover the cost of any and all shipping to get the items to Soldiers’ Angels at the address provided. We will not accept COD deliveries. If you have any questions regarding shipping, please email us.
A: If you decide to change your pledge, that’s no problem at all. But, it is very important that you do send us an email and let us know your new pledge amount. That way we will know the correct number to expect.
A: Collection drives are a fantastic way to get people in your circle involved in giving back! Good for you for following in Dr. King’s footsteps to be a servant leader within your community! Starting a collection drive is simple— set out a box at your collection location (be sure to check with the owners/managers of that location to see if it’s okay that you set out the collection box!) and tape a collection flyer to the box. If you have another way of communicating the collection— email, social media, staff meeting, newspaper, etc.— put out a message talking about your collection and providing the important details. Be sure to include Who the collection is for, What you’re collecting, When you’ll be collecting, and Where donors can drop-off their items.
A: Absolutely! Here at Soldiers’ Angels, we send thousands of care packages to deployed every year. Rest assured that even if you weren’t able to pack the items into a care package, our warehouse team definitely will be able to! Just pack up all of your items into any type of box and ship them to the same address you would ship the completed care packages: Soldiers’ Angels MLK Day of Service, 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas, 78218.
A: In order to participate in pledging care packages, we are requiring that you consent to being contacted via email and text message. Because this is such a short campaign, it is important that we are able to stay in touch with everyone who has pledged to participate. In the event we have any important details or changes to share about the campaign, this will allow us to contact you and let you know. In the future, if you no longer wish to receive emails from Soldiers’ Angels, you are welcome to unsubscribe from our emails at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the email and clicking “Unsubscribe” and/or “Preferences.”
- Soldiers’ Angels does not provide the shipping address of any service member to anyone aside from our registered Team Angel volunteers. This campaign is collecting care packages and care package supplies for Soldiers’ Angels to ship to deployed service members. We will not be providing you with an address to ship care packages overseas.
- If you are interested in becoming a registered Team Angel and supporting a service member directly, please refer to our Virtual Volunteer page here for more information about our numerous teams that support deployed service members.
- If you are just sending items for care packages not actually packing the care packages yourself, you do not need to pack your items into a “care package.” Simply box all products together and we will sort once they are received at our warehouse. Our volunteers in San Antonio will stuff your donated items into care packages as needed.
- Once again, if you are pledging/sending care packages OR collecting/purchasing care package items directly and will be shipping to our headquarters, you are responsible for all shipping costs. Please keep this in mind as you pledge OR collect/purchase so that you do not incur shipping charges greater than what you anticipate.
Team Angel Note
If you are currently registered as a Team Angel any contributions you make to the MLK Day of Service Campaign will be considered an in-kind donation only and should not be accounted for when reporting your support for your specific team. We will not have specific support opportunities listed for MLK Day of Service, however, you are encouraged to participate by providing your normal monthly support and carrying on the incredible heart of volunteerism that you already display throughout the year!
Soldiers’ Angels has created collection campaigns throughout the year as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and give back to our troops and veterans. These collection campaigns are meant to be held in a way that general members of the public (ie, your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc.) can donate to the campaign. If you are hosting a collection, please do not solicit cash or in-kind donations from retailers, manufacturers, large corporations, or any other business entity. Due to the nature of those requests and the paperwork involved, solicitation of donations must come directly from Soldiers’ Angels. In most cases, we already have a relationship established with many of the major businesses. If you happen to have a connection at a retailer, manufacturer, large corporation, or other business entity that you think would be willing to donate cash or in-kind items to Soldiers’ Angels, please reach out to us and we would be happy to contact them. Email: [email protected]
Any and all opportunities to share your involvement with Soldiers’ Angels or your participation in this campaign with the media, including print media, news media, broadcast media (including podcasts), or major internet media (such as major blogs and YouTube channels), must first be cleared and approved by Soldiers’ Angels. We would love for you to help us spread the word about Soldiers’ Angels and this campaign, however, we need to ensure that the information you are sharing is accurate and that all guidelines are being followed. If you are contacted by the media, please forward the inquiry to us by emailing: [email protected]. We will do our best to work with you and the media source to ensure your story is shared accurately and in a timely manner.
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