We All Can Serve! How Will You Commemorate 11-11-11?

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If you’ve read any of my blog posts you know that I am an advocate for volunteerism and service.  I also have a special place in my heart for our military.  I am eternally grateful to those who protect our security and freedom. I am dedicating today’s post to highlight ways that we can support and honor United States military service members and veterans.

 

Veterans Day 2011 is almost here.  That’s right 11-11-11 is four days away.  There are countless opportunities to show your gratitude for our active military soldiers and veterans.  Below you will find a few examples to get you started.

 

Volunteer

  • Visit hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes t
  • Give your time to a nonprofit organization that supports service members and veterans

 

Snail Mail

  • Create and send personalized care packages
  • Write and mail letters
  • Create and send greeting cards

 

Financial

  • Organize a monetary collection at your school, church, job or organization
  • Organize a fundraiser (event)
  • Buy or donate gift certificates
  • Donate a calling card to allow families can stay in touch

 

Shop

  • Spend your money with companies and organizations that support our military
  • Purchase authorized pre-made care packages

 

Collect

  • Halloween candy
  • Candy, cookies, nuts, popcorn
  • Books and movies

 

Military Families

  • Donate new stuffed animals and beanie babies to children of deployed service members
  • Become a mentor
  • Adopt a military family

 

Recycle

  • Donate an unwanted vehicle
  • Donate old cell phones
  • Donate ink jet cartridges

 

Spread the word

  • Tell your friends and family about the sacrifices made by our military, veterans, and their families
  • Share the message through social media

 

Don’t Stop

  • Please don’t limit your service and support to holidays.  You can make a difference in the lives of service members, veterans, and their families all year long.

 

There are definitely other ways to get involved.  Take some time to do a bit of your own research to find ways to say thank you that fit your budget, lifestyle, location, and heart.

 

 

Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer

The Teen Toolbox provides youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic enrichment opportunities to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs.

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