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How to give back to deployed soldiers over the holidays

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WM BF) - Have you ever thought about sending a care package to a deployed service member? Well, Christmas is quickly approaching and many people are looking for a way to give back this holiday season. What better way to give back than to show love and appreciation towards the ones serving our country through a simple gift? Some of these men and women will be spending the holidays a part from their loved ones and would love a little Christmas cheer.

According to The American Legion, "Safety and security reasons no longer allow packages to be addressed to 'Any Soldier' or to an entire base in general. The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to service members, veterans and their families in the United States and abroad. The card campaign includes those working and receiving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A special P.O. box address may be found at http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail. Cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 7."

Though it may seem surprising to some, deployed troops love to get practical items in their care packages. Board games, cards, movies, and books are some of the items listed on Veterans United Network as gifts soldiers enjoy receiving. Some troops say even snacks are a great idea. However, a hand-written letter, or a USB drive with videos of moments that may have been missed are great options, too. You can find more information on what soldiers like to receive in their care packages at https://www.veteransunited.com/life/what-deployed-troops-really-want-in-their-care-packages/.

If you or anyone you know has a little extra to spare this holiday season, take the time to give back to the soldiers that sacrifice so much for us and our country by following the link above; even the simplest of gifts can mean so much.

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