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Supporting military families is something that is close to my heart. I got a taste of how much military families sacrifice when my ex husband was in the Army National Guard. He had 3 consecutive deployments, and at one point I went an entire year without seeing him.
Currently both of my nephews are serving in the military. My nephews made me an aunt when they were 8 and 12 years old and my sister and brother-in-law adopted them out of foster care. I was very close to them when they were younger, and I love them like my own children. Foster kids have the odds stacked against them, especially when they come from abusive backgrounds. I am so proud that both of those boys overcame any statistic and turned into fine young men of character who are proud to serve their country.
My oldest nephew has served in the Army for 3 years. One of those years he spent on deployment in Korea. Every news story of unrest in the area made my breath catch in my throat. Now my youngest nephew has enlisted in the United States Air Force and is in TACP specialist training. While we are so proud of both of them, it’s really hard to send them off to potentially dangerous jobs and not know when we will see them again. As difficult as it is for me and my family, I can only imagine how my sister feels with both of her sons gone.
I was in the Dollar General store the other day and saw these Coca-Cola™ limited edition 16oz cans with different titles on them. “Veteran,” “Service Member,” “Military Spouse,” “Military Mom,” and “Military Dad.” I instantly knew I had to get them to surprise my sister!
While the titles on the cans are neat, what is really special about them is that Dollar General, the USO and Coca-Cola are teaming up to send 25,000 messages to our nation’s service members and their families. You can go here to quickly and easily send a message of support that will go directly to service members at USO locations around the world.
As we enter this season of patriotic celebration, let’s not forget our real heroes and the families who support them. So let’s put together a gift basket! It’s a great way to let them know you are thinking of them!
Gift Basket For Military Families
Start by heading to your local Dollar General for the limited edition 16-oz Coca-Cola cans. They are exclusively at Dollar General! Choose the appropriate title. Are you making a gift basket for a military mom and dad, or even a service member themselves? This is also a great time of the year to thank a military veteran!
Start with a basket. I was able to find several options at Dollar General, but settled on this wire basket. I liked that you could see all the colorful goodies inside!
Check out the red, white, and blue aisle. ‘Tis the season for red, white, and blue, so it was easy to find some cute little things to throw into my basket to make it festive. I especially like the patriotic pins I found to attach to the basket itself.
You can keep the basket simple and fun!
Other Ways To Support Military Families
Some other ways you can help support military families are:
- Write to the military member. Not only does this brighten their day, but it makes the family feel better knowing their service member is receiving support and encouragement. Dollar General, the USO, and Coca-Cola have made it ridiculously easy to write a service member here!
- Is a family traveling to see their service member? Give them a gift card for food. Offer to watch their pets. There are tons of creative ways you can make it easier for them to see their loved one.
- When a service member is deployed, military spouses suddenly have to function like single parents. Check on them! Let them know you are there to help and support.
Supporting our military members and family is near and dear to my heart. Please join me in sharing an ice cold Coke with our Military heroes and help reach the goal of 25,000 messages to service members!