With Veterans Day quickly approaching, it can be difficult to know how you can contribute and give back to those who give so much to protect the ideals of our country. One of the most important jobs a person can have in the world is being a soldier in the military. We’ve put together a list of the best ways you can give back to say thank you to those troops serving to keep our country safe.
Bob Hope USO At Los Angeles International Airport
LAX International Airport
203 World Way West
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Throughout our country’s history, Americans have felt profound appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifice of the troops and their families. The USO is one of the main organizations for military support and veterans’ services providing a tangible way for Americans to say thank you. The USO location at LAX Airport provides ways to donate as well as volunteering programs which are vital to the success of the USO’s mission. Duties of volunteers vary however the goal is always the same – to improve the quality of life of service members, boost their morale and serve as a conduit between service members and the American people. Find out how you can help by visiting www.bobhopeuso.org.
Donate Left Over Non-Perishables
U.S. Marines Corps Recruiting
5051 Rodeo Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Make a difference today and give back to our troops by donating your left over Halloween candy. The Marine Corps offices are actively looking for Halloween candy and other non-perishable items so they can mail care packages to troops overseas and help show their appreciation. Put your left over candy to use and give a soldier a sweet thank you treat. To learn more, visit www.marines.com and find a local office near you.
Since 2002, Give2TheTroops has supported approximately 1 million deployed U.S. troops by putting together loving care packages and letters. Visit the site today and make a donation or purchase a care package for a service member to show your support to those who give so much to protect our country. The site also enables you to send a letter or personalized card so you can show appreciation for the sacrifices our troops make.
Green Beans Coffee “Cup O Joe For A Joe” Program
Green Beans Coffee Company began by opening coffee shops on American military bases overseas. Today they still serve our military and they have stores and shops across the world. Their “Cup O Joe For A Joe” Program allows you to buy cups of coffee for troops serving abroad. Soldiers and troops overseas can then redeem the vouchers on their military bases overseas to receive your coffee donation. Your donation can include an emailed message of thanks and support as well. People often want to buy a cup of coffee for their neighbor, why not buy one for one of our troops and show your appreciation for their service.
Marines Toys For Tots
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the military community. You can make a difference today by donating toys to the organization which will go to those military families in need. All toys are distributed through local Salvation Army centers and its a great way to give back!