Giving back to the community is vital to us at New Balance San Antonio, especially to our military members and veterans. The holiday season is a great time of the year to show the members of our military community that you care and thank them for their service. Taking a few minutes from a hectic schedule to show appreciation and kindness to someone serving our country will not only bless you, but it will also pay tribute to those who have gone before us and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Here are a few ideas on how you can give to those who serve this Christmas:
1. Donate a New Toy to a Military Child
- Operation Toy Soldier – a nationwide toy drive, in which all the toys donated stay local within the community. When you donate a toy in the San Antonio area, the toy goes to a soldier’s family right here in San Antonio!
- Military Children’s Charity – collects and distributes new gifts year-round to military families and children who have lost a parent in service to our nation.
- Toys for Tots – Thanks to the Marines, both military and civilian children alike, have the opportunity to receive a new toy for Christmas.
2. Send a Gift of Thanks to a Deployed Service Member
- eMail Our Military – charitable organization supporting our troops through morale-boosting emails, cards, letters, and care packages.
- Full Circle Home – gives deployed servicemen a chance to send a gift box to their wives back home. Gift boxes contain pampering items, such as lotions, bubble baths, and spa socks. They also feature a handwritten note from the serviceman.
- Operation Give – provides Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies to the troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea and to the children of deployed soldiers at home in the United States.
3. Adopt a Military Family Programs
- Operation Christmas Spirit supports local military families by: “Adopting” over 100 families and fulfilling their Christmas wish lists with gifts for all family members and gift cards to do their own shopping; sponsor gifts and crafts at unit holiday parties.
- Soldiers Angels the Adopt a Family Program helps military and veteran families by providing them with presents for the children and a grocery gift card to help them purchase their holiday dinner and trimmings.
- Operation Ward 57 provides presents and gift cards to wounded veteran families and gold star families.
4. Support Military Pets and Service Dogs
- Military Working Dog Team Support Association send Christmas goodies to deployed military working dogs and handlers.
- Military Pets Foster Project arranges foster care for the pets of the military when they are deployed, during basic training or if they are unable to care for them.
5. Invite a service member or military family over for a holiday meal
- Invite a military family over for a meal, bring them a casserole or invite them out for dinner. Something as simple as running an errand or getting a coffee together can forge a friendship.
- Operation Home Cooking San Antonio area families can express their warmth and hospitality to Airmen and trainees at Lackland AFB by allowing them an opportunity to enjoy a holiday meal and family atmosphere. Families within the San Antonio metropolitan area may invite two Airman or trainees.
6.Visit an Older or Wounded Veteran
7. Make a Donation to a Military Charity
- Operation Homefront – provides immediate financial assistance to military families. You can donate directly to a family via their List of Needs to help struggling families pay bills for unexpected medical expenses, caregiver expenses or home repairs for a disabled veteran.
- Amazon Smile for those of you shopping Prime this season, use Amazon Smile to donate a portion of your shopping towards a military charity of your choice.
- Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world.
We stand behind the brave men and women who protect our country. If you see a soldier, sailor, or airman, remember to say, “thank you.” They’ve dedicated their lives to protect our freedom.