The holidays are a great time to reflect on a great year, spend time with family and friends, unwrap surprises, and dig into some tasty food. However, they’re also a time for giving back to those that make sacrifices for us. As a Military Relocation Professional, it is important to me to not only remember what our service members do for us every day but give back and provide our greater community with information on how they can get involved.
Leading through positive actions helps to make the world we live in a more cheerful and friendly place; something all of us can get behind. If you’re looking for ways to help make a positive impact in your area, here are three ways you can light up the holiday season with joy.
Wreaths Across America
National Wreaths Across America Day has been dedicating time and attention to remembering our veterans since the American Revolution. Through their efforts, they coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies across the US, abroad, and even at sea. Close on the horizon, this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day of remembrance falls on December 14th and needs volunteer wreath-layers and wreath sponsors to help carry on this tradition. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring a wreath this year, you can find more information about this cause and how to do so here.
Resources for the Holidays
The holidays should be a time for smiles and full bellies, but this isn’t the reality for many of our local service members, veterans, and their families. Through organizations like Soldiers’ Angels, you can help adopt a service member, veteran, and/or their family for the holidays (including those that are currently deployed) by providing them with gift cards and other resources to ensure everyone has a merry December. Other gestures of kindness include programs through the Department of Defense that help you send care packages to our troops while they are deployed. By providing some cheer from home, you can help make this holiday season special even for those whose duty comes before being home with their families. Finally, organizations like Hearts of Patriots work to ensure caregivers, spouses, and partners of our veterans living with PTSD have a happy holiday. If you are interested in adopting PTSD caregivers this season, you can find more about how to do so here.
Supporting Military Spouses This Holiday Season
Still doing your holiday shopping and want to double up on supporting your military families at the same time? This list of businesses can help you find just what you are looking for. A compilation of spouse-owned shops, cafes, and boutiques, local listed businesses in your area are great places to invest in for your holiday presents and your military families.