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Ditch the Cards — Help a Military Family Instead


Did you miss my article over at Military1?

In our digital society, sending cards is no longer necessary, so let’s find a better way to spend that money

Welcome home photos how to support military families during the holidays adopt
Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Clifton Fox, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is welcomed home by his family shortly after his unit’s return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore.(Photo courtesy of DVIDS)

Social media has changed the scope of holidays for nearly everyone. We get to celebrate with our loved ones, watch each other’s families grow throughout the year, learn about their experiences and triumphs, and so much more — all virtually.

Today’s technology has essentially eliminated the need for holiday cards, a once-relevant way to reconnect with others throughout the years. I thought about this one night as I started adding up the costs spent on making and mailing holiday cards. I was shocked to discover that I spent almost $300 on something that would most likely end up in the trash several weeks later. That’s a lot of money, and, let’s be honest, tracking down our military friend’s new address is a whole challenge in itself!

What’s more, I began to think about all the families with children who deserved a delicious meal and presents under the tree. Many families are struggling in our economy, and I knew that I could make a difference in someone’s life. That’s when I decided to ditch the Christmas card tradition and adopt a family in need instead.

I began to look online for credible organizations to adopt families who needed help. If you’re interested in adopting a family, you can adopt individually, or provide gifts for small to large families. Almost every organization allows the donor to view the adoptee’s ages and needs, so you can discover the perfect fit for your family.

If you work in an area where the office pools money for the holidays, or where you have visiting patrons who may want to get involved, it’s the perfect opportunity to generate interest and help in the community.

Here are some organizations that you can work with directly. Deadlines are coming up soon, so make sure you act quickly if you’re interested. Here’s to making someone’s Christmas a little brighter!

Salvation Army Christmas Assistance
Adopt A Hero For Christmas
Homefront America
ASYMCA’s Operation Holiday Joy
Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military
Soldiers’ Angels Adopt-a-Family Program


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