Organizations that support deployed military on special days and holidays

Links for additional support organizations (airport greeters & welcome home signs, Bibles, devotionals & Bible studies, cards & letters, care packages, chaplain resources, coloring pages, humanitarian aid, military working dog & handlers, other deployment support organizations, pet adoption & foster care, prayer support and many other resource) are all listed above.


Scroll down to learn more organizations that have special campaigns to help deployed military celebrate these special days:
Christmas
Halloween
Independence Day (4th of July)
Mother's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Valentines Day


Christmas

Full Circle Home
www.fullcirclehome.org
Our service men and women are doing more than their part. They need and  deserve all the care packages, love and support that we can give. But at Christmas and Mother's Day, they want to send their love back – back to their wives, fiancés, girlfriends and moms. This program is  designed to let our heroes be heroes yet again, by allowing them to send their holiday gifts and a love note to their quiet hero at home. This is accomplished through the generosity and appreciation of businesses and individuals who sponsor a servicemen's gifts home.   

Military Families Ministry
https://militaryfamiliesministry.com/projects-for-deployed-1
We need the support of individuals, community groups, schools, churches, and businesses for our Stockings for the Troops Christmas project.

Operation North State (North Carolina)
http://www.operationnorthstate.com/
NCCARES Christmas Box Project – the #1 North Carolina-themed Christmas Box Project in the state - utilizing NC’s People, Places, Products and Pride to send 1500 care packages filled with North Carolina goodies and messages to NC’s deployed troops.

Operation Send Christmas (Military Missions)
https://military-missions.org/events/assemblies/
OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS is just one of the projects that Military Missions, Inc. undertakes each year, and it is definitely one of the biggest! Military Missions, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting our military and their families, as well as our veterans. The organization sends care packages out on a year round basis, but efforts for Christmas increase tenfold.

On Christmas Day, our troops will not be gathered around the tree at home with family and friends. Instead, they will be standing watch over each of us, protecting us from harm and defending our liberties.  Each one is a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse, a friend, and an American.  We need to send them encouragement as well as our thanks.

Operation Shoebox
www.operationshoebox.com
Operation Shoebox is seeking sewers to make Christmas stockings for the Troops. Christmas material is welcome as well. Their website offers a variety of patterns to download and print to help you create your stocking donations.

Project Rudolph
https://www.facebook.com/ProjectRudolphUSA/
Project Rudolph was created to give deployed and deploying service members a bit of holiday cheer. Our goal is to provide gift bags for not only the military members transitioning through the airport on days leading up to Christmas, but also for active duty Air Force members who work round the clock to keep the airport running smoothly, injured troops at the hospital, injured warriors at transition barracks, deployed Army, Navy and Marines working in Germany, and our deployed troops downrange. Last year we were able to send Project Rudolph bags to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and North Africa.

Shipping deadlines (Christmas holidays) for military care packages and letters to APO and FPO addresses
https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2018/pr18_082.htm

Trees for Troops
http://www.treesfortroops.org
Imagine a smiling group of U.S. troops gathered around a Christmas Tree that was grown on an American farm and express shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas. Or, imagine a spouse and children sharing joyous memories of Christmas through the gift of free, real Christmas tree while their family member is away serving our country. Trees for Troops® makes this vision a reality!


Halloween

Halloween Candy Buyback - Halloween candy buy-back program for dentists
www.halloweencandybuyback.com
Buybacks are held at local businesses, traditionally but not limited to dental offices. With the goal of removing excess Halloween candy from kids while supporting our troops, the Buyback is a great platform to help multiple causes while promoting your business!

Participants buy back kids' Halloween candy at a scheduled event with cash, xylitol products, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges - They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc. They can give away hygiene kits or coupons for their office as well! To find a participating buyback in your area, use the ZIP code search at the top of the page to find an event close by. Contact the participant to find out the date, time, and details of their event. You may also ship your candy directly to our non-profit Veteran's organizations.

Operation Gratitude - Halloween candy buy-back program for dentists
https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy/
We welcome your excess Halloween candy for our care packages!

Dentists nationwide "buy-back" Halloween candy from children in their communities and then send the candy to U.S. military deployed in combat through Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups.

The troops love the candy--for themselves, but also to give out to the children in the communities they patrol. Many Service Members have told us that the children gave them information on where bombs and bad guys were hidden after receiving our candy and stuffed animals. They said: "You are not just putting smiles on our faces; you are saving our lives." All types of candy are acceptable, including chocolate this time of year.

To find dentists within your community who may be participating in a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, or to encourage your own dentist to participate, please visit this website: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com

Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops
https://soldiersangels.org/TreatsForTroops.html
A Halloween Candy collection program in which local businesses, traditionally but not limited to dental offices, agree to accept excess Halloween candy from kids in exchange for goodies. 

Through the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops Halloween Candy drive, businesses can register to serve as a collection site for this program. Not only will you be serving the community by removing excess candy from the mouths of children, but also serving our service members, wounded heroes, and veterans.


Easter

Operation Send Christmas (Military Missions)
https://military-missions.org/events/assemblies/
OPERATION S.E.N.D. EASTER care package assembly March 27, 2019


Mother's Day

Full Circle Home
www.fullcirclehome.org
Our service men and women are doing more than their part. They need and  deserve all the care packages, love and support that we can give. But at Christmas and Mother's Day, they want to send their love back – back to their wives, fiancés, girlfriends and moms. This program is  designed to let our heroes be heroes yet again, by allowing them to send their holiday gifts and a love note to their quiet hero at home. This is accomplished through the generosity and appreciation of businesses and individuals who sponsor a servicemen's gifts home.
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