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  •  I can do this... and post it (3+ / 0-)
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    on my website for download....

    But I need help.  Can someone get me links or contact info (such as sending something to Walter Reed or overseas) for things we can do besides phone cards?

    I'm bad bad bad.  I haven't been following what we can do to support the troops, so I'm not especially informed.  

    I need the most common things we can do:  phone cards, care pkgs, and what else civilians can do.

    I'm pretty good at this "flyer" stuff.  It's what I love to do.  I make them all the time for my 2 small businesses.

    ... :)

    •  Further down this page there are references to... (1+ / 0-)
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      homogenius

      www.anysoldier.com or www.treatanysoldier.com, both apparently the same site.  They will prepare a package for you--different themes of entertainment, snacks, hygiene, etc. and send them out to service members who have agreed to distribute packages to troops who aren't getting anything in the mail.  The distribution system is necessary because, I gather, packages may not be simply sent along with the address of "any soldier."  There are probably other organizations doing this as well--I just happen to know about this one.

      •  AnySoldier.com (2+ / 0-)
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        homogenius, Strawberrybitch

        I've been sending items via the AnySoldier site for over two years.  You can either follow some links & send a "pre-made" package, or you can peruse the list of postings and respond to an individual one.  Lemme go look for a longer posting I made in a comment about utilizing them; then I'll be back to post it here.

        Anyway, they're good folks.  I just returned from the local Linens-n-Things to purchase a bunch of "50% off" tins of hot chocolate, tea, coffee, etc. that are frequently requested, esp. by those in Afghanistan.

        I like the flyer idea.

        One final thought on phone cards: the best place I've found to buy them is Sam's Club, because you can get a "pack" of 10 or so 100 minute cards, instead of the ones for 500, 800 or 1200 minutes.

      •  More on AnySoldier.com (5+ / 0-)

        [reprint of a comment I posted on this subject a couple of months ago]

        I've been sending packages via AnySoldier.com for two years.  I have several suggestions.

        First, some details:  you go to the AnySoldier.com site, and individuals have postings which list their needs.  This can run from a lonely soldier who just wants mail or an occasional package to a nurse at an orphanage or hospital requesting items for her patients.  You can scroll through the listings and view the various requests.

        Addresses of the individuals posting are not available.  You have to "request" -- fill in your name, address, e-mail etc., and the  address(es) will be sent to you.  You can only request 3 addresses per day.

          1. For those of you for whom money is tight, may individuals mostly want communication.  While it's great to send more, a letter, postcard, drawing by your kid -- each would be appreciated.

          2. The US Post Office has two ways to cut down the cost of your generosity. There's a "flat rate priority envelope" that goes for $4.05 postage.  There are TWO "flat rate priority boxes" that need $8.10.  In all cases, weight is irrelevant, as is distance being sent.  In other words, you can fill one of these with heavy magazines or books, or PowerBars, juice boxes, etc., and just pay the flat rate postage.  You can get a surprising amount of stuff in, even in the flat rate envelope.  [Just be sure to get the boxes with the red stamped "FLAT RATE" on them.]

          3. You will have to fill out a customs form, but these are available at the PO and only require minimal information.

          4. Because the boxes are sent to an APO or FPO, the "flat rate postage" applies, and the boxes get there relatively fast (10 days to 2 weeks in my experience).  Of course if the person to whom you're sending is at a Forward Operating Base somewhere out in the country, it will take longer.

          5. Among the information listed on AnySoldier is the number of times the address has been requested.  So you can see if someone's been asked for 110 times or 3.  You can also see how many individuals (male/female) the poster is requesting for.  Sometimes it's just him/her + a few buddies; sometimes a whole bunch.

          6. There's a fairly good "search" feature in the middle of the main page.  You can use this to find specific items that might be requested.  I got started here because my teenage son subscribed to three sports magazines, and I wanted to "recycle" them.  I've also used the search feature to find medics working in orphanages or clinics in the countryside who are looking for items for children.

          7. I agree with the comments above about being sensitive to "politicizing."  I began my own work @ AnySoldier just wanting soldiers to know that "Blue State" folks cared about them, and I've struggled with how to communicate without being proseletizing.  I now end my letters with "all of us 'stateside,' whatever our political persuasion, want you home swiftly and safely." Because I worked for the election of one of the "Fighting Dems," I also include that fact, plus the fact that several vets won election.  I try to keep it as "vanilla" as possible, but figure this will give a hint without being overbearing.

        Thanks for the recommendation of this site.  The letters and pictures will touch your heart.

    •  Again, the (3+ / 0-)
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      homogenius, beaukitty, gfv6800

      Fisher House is nationaly recognized as a model in rehab for returning soldiers.
      http://www.fisherhouse.org/

      (-9.00, -8.92) No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. --Edward R. Murrow

      by craigb on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 08:28:28 AM PST

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    •  Perfect, thanks for stepping up (1+ / 0-)
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      homogenius

      If you do one flyer, then could possible improve later, is my take on getting all the links.

      That is, better to do something good, than wait for it to be perfect. Just my 2cents.

      Be good to each other. It matters. [me] --o-- Odd Republican politician: Bill Sali

      by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 02:58:05 PM PST

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