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Saying Thanks to Our Military

Updated on February 20, 2010

A Well Deserved Thanks

Regardless of your beliefs or political stance on war, or more specifically, the conflicts in which the U.S. is currently involved; the truth remains that there are many men and women who are serving their country and are away from loved ones, friends and all things that we define as "home." Another hubber posted a forum with a link to a wonderfully easy way to thank these folks for giving up much more than creature comforts. It made me start to wonder what other organizations were sponsoring endeavours that could bring some comfort to those abroad during this holiday season, or any time.

Please take some time out from your day with your family and friends to review the sites listed below and maybe send a little smile the way of someone who isn't lucky enough to have a loved one nearby.

The Site that Started it All is an amazingly easy way to share a bit of gratitude with a soldier abroad. The site is sponsored by Xerox, and features a number of cards designed by youth across America. You simply choose a design, pick a pre-written message to go inside and, if you wish, include your name and hometown. The card will be sent to a randomly chosen, deserving member of the armed forces (and aren't they all?). This is the site that was originally posted in the forum that inspired this hub. Visit daily, during your morning facebook, email, myspace and check, and see how many cards you can send!

Oldies but Goodies

The USO has been helping to aid and cheer our troops for decades. They've gone cyber now, and are a tried, true and trusted way that you can support the men and women overseas. They accept monetary donations, via mail and online.   Visit them at:

Another very easy option is the Easter Seals foundation located online at

A couple of clicks, and your e-card is on its way.

A Thankful Endeavor

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to the troops. The packages contain food, personal hygiene items, handmade crafts and other goods that might bring a smile to a soldier's face. Their website outlines many ways in which you can help, from donations, to drives, to actually crafting some of the items yourself.  This means of showing thanks can be as simple as a few clicks for a monetary donation, or as involved as organizing event in your community.  The level of commitment is up to you, but the goodwill generated is universal.

A Few Final Resources

 I encourage you to visit the sites listed above, and also research some of your own.  If you find another great site, mention it in the comments below.  This season, lets make an early resolution to make it as easy as possible for everyone to give a little something back to those willing to give their lives for us.  Please take a look at the links below for even more helpful information.  Thank You.


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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      tdarby- I agree completely. I can't imagine sacrificing all that they do. Their selflessness should be commended.

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      tdarby 8 years ago

      It seems impossible to thank those who serve enough. Thanks for all they do. And thanks for your hub that brings attention to them.

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thank you. And, I agree. I'm fond of saying that I may not support the war in Iraq, but I do support our troops there. A friend w/ similar views was once accused of being "anti-troop," and I asked how she could be considered so when what she really wanted was for them all to be brought home safe and sound.

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Good Hub. Even if you don't agree with the war you can (and in our opinion should) support the troups. These men and women are doing what they think is right for the country and literally laying their lives on the line.

      Many churches in the UK send care parcels to the troups.

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      William Benner 8 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Great job on that hub and welcome to hubpages!

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thanks Jersey Jess. There are really some wonderful ways to help out there. I know I only touched on a few. I'll have to pop over and check out your hub soon!

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      Jersey Jess 8 years ago from USA

      Wonderful Hub! I love it! I also have come upon some of these sites in the past, filled out numerous cards and also made a Hub similar to yours. Thanks for getting more people involved in this effort!

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thanks wavegirl. I really enjoyed yours as well. I'm addding the link now.

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      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      Great Hub Thoughful Spot. . wow your name really does fit you! I like all the added info you have here . . Great job.. Im linking you up now ;)