Sending a Military Care Package

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Give Thanks: Support Our Military Family

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive … to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

     President Abraham Lincoln
     Second Inaugural Address
     March 4, 1865

When soldiers are deployed overseas, families are left behind and often face financial and emotional hardship. With thousands of charities devoted to supporting our military family, it’s not easy to know which ones are the most worthy of your support.

The Military Family Support Web Guide lists our top charities for supporting military families and troops. Use it to connect with the families and service members who have sacrificed so much for America by sending letters and supplies, volunteering, helping heal wounded soldiers or giving much-needed donations. 

Make the United States the country you want it to be: a place where citizens support our military family and honor their principles through even the most challenging of times. Learn how to support the families whose loved ones are currently serving, how to support the troops overseas and those who have returned home, and find Web sites that military families can visit to seek help.

View a Spanish-language version of the Military Family Support Web Guide.

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Sending a Military Care Package

Sending a military care package is a time-honored way to give our troops items they need and to let them know that someone at home is looking out for them. Use the sites below for suggestions on what to send and how to address your military care packages, whether you know a specific service member in need or are reaching out anonymously.

Insights for Sending a Military Care Package

  • Some of the organizations listed below offer several outreach possibilities in addition to sending military care packages. Browse each organization’s site to learn how you can help.
  • Some items that may seem basic to you aren't allowed on the frontlines. Before you put together a care package, review these sites to find out which items will be most helpful to the troops and where you can send them.
  • The U.S. Department of Defense recently no longer offers the “Any Service Member” program, which allowed people to send care packages to anonymous troops. Care packages now have to be addressed to specific recipients. To help you do that, some of the Web sites in this section provide soldiers’ names and addresses.

Top Sites for Sending a Military Care Package

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