An Army Wife's Life

Once upon a time I was a college student, then I was a teacher, and now I'm a mother. Technically, I'm currently a freelance writer... but really I am an ARMY WIFE. Expect to find... funny (at least to me) anecdotes, thoughts about la vida military, hopes, anxieties, dreams, commentaries on current events.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Artwork on Auction to Benefit Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

I get a bunch of requests to mention military organizations and charities on the blog and I do try to check into each one that sounds legitimate. I'm a bit behind because we've been migrating the Baby Product Review Blog, Mamanista, to Bluehost and Wordpress and working with our fabulous wordpress theme designer, Shannon.

Anyway, I got this one and it is time sensitive and looks cool so I logged in to share:

Salute Our HeroesA soldier/artist (very much NOT like a model/actress) created a piece of art to auction on eBay to benefit the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. The starting bid is just 99 cents so there is no reason not to check it out and the auction ENDS: Mar-05-08 09:38:38 PST.

100% of the final sale price will support the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, which is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, created to provide a meaningful way for individuals, corporations and others to help our severely wounded and disabled Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families rebuild their lives.

Let's help this NCO and artist raise money for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. Just CLICK HERE to bid.

Soldier Artwork

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Valentine's Day Love for Soldiers, Veterans, and Other Warriors


To send Valentines to Veterans, you can locate a facility through the VA Home Page. This is a great project to do with kids! If you have a facility nearby, you can call and ask if you can deliver them in person.

Stars and Stripes Valentines

The deadline (late January) for printed Valentines in Stars and Stripes has passed, but you can still get in the online Valentine's section. I sent one two years ago for the print version for DH and he loved it.

Care Packages

Here's the care package I sent my soldier while he was deployed during Valentine's Day. What have you sent/are sending? Share your tips!!!

Nestle has some Tips for Sending Baked Goods. Others suggest adding a slice of bread to absorb excess moisture and wrapping in tin foil. I've also heard that Pringles containers make for good packaging. I found a food sealer was awesome for cookies, but squished the brownies too much.

Agencies and Organizations

Soldier's Angels and Any Soldier can match you with a soldier. Businesses, groups, and schools may want to consider Adopting a Platoon.

USO Operation Care Package enables you to make a donation--they pack and ship for you and you can still send a personal message with your package.

Please add some other ways to show our troops some Valentine's love that we can either do this year or put on our calendar for next year!

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