The holidays are a time of year to give gifts and spend time with your loved ones. But it can also be a difficult season for some of our country’s most noble men and women. So many of our veterans may be out of uniform, but they are still fighting battles, and some are completely without support. If you want to do something about that but don’t know where to start, here are some ways you can help veterans during the holidays.
Look up who is helping veterans in your area and ask what they need. Unless you’re donating money, it’s very important to ask before you donate to ensure your gift has the greatest impact. Most organizations, like the have a wish list, so call ahead to see what they are lacking.
No matter who you’re helping or how you want to volunteer, it’s always best to schedule your visit. Before you show up to help, contact the organization you want to assist and find out when is the best time to drop by.
Look up your local branch of the USO to donate directly to vets in your area. The USO is not a government organization, it’s funded by donations. They help both deployed troops and military families, as well as transitioning soldiers and wounded warriors.
There are several programs that help civilians connect with a lonely or isolated vet, including the Elk’s Lodge popular Adopt a Veteran program.
Select a charity to give to and organize a bake sale, craft sale or community garage sale to raise funds for it. Here is a list of reputable veteran’s charities.
If you have a car that you no longer need, consider donating it to Cars for Veterans. It’s a tax-deductible donation even if it’s no longer running.
If you have a giving heart but no money to donate, you can still donate your time. You can sign up to volunteer with the VA to show your gratitude to our nation’s soldiers.
Soldiers’ Angels is an organization that supports homeless veterans, deployed troops, wounded warriors and military families. You can get involved by donating or volunteering.