If you want to your care packages/letters to go to the person intended sign up for Soldier's Angels out of San Antonio. You have no idea who the soldier is that you're writing to or if that person is still active duty. The plus is that hopefully that person will "pass on" whatever mail package was sent if it was meant for the group. Any Soldier pushes mailing care packages. Not everyone can afford to mail care packages.
Any Soldier offers the opportunity for everyone to support our military personnel by sending care packages or simply writing letters or sending a card to service members deployed all around the globe. Their website (warning: HIGHLY addictive!) gives you the chance to choose the service branch, the number of servicemen and women represented by their volunteer contacts, the country in which they are deployed, and by reading the contact's posted information, know what items they need. If you are on a tight budget (and who isn't these days?) you can request an address just to send a note of support. The same family has run this website since its inception; donations are requested and appreciated, but not required; and the website offers a forum where supporters can share ideas and ask questions. This charity gives the most variety in levels of support for our military. I've made many lasting friendships over the years, both with other supporters and with military members who have benefited from the Any Soldier community.
I have been a dedicated supporter of AnySoldier.com for several years now. This organization allows us to choose a unit based on size, military branch, home state, and/or ratio of men to women. The postings from the volunteer contacts vary in the depth of information as to what they do and what they need, but they allow us as supporters to choose the units we feel we can best help based on our own resources. Marty Horn runs the site with, um, dare I say, military precision? He is always quick to answer questions and guards his contacts' security like the MP he was. The site provides many extra features to help both the military contacts and the people who choose to help them, including a Forum where the supporters can talk to each other, offer suggestions, pass on tips on what to send, how to send, and where to find good deals on items the units want or need. While I am aware there are other sites that allow us to adopt a single service member, AnySoldier is the only one that allows us to adopt a unit of our choice (of over thousands of volunteers). I label myself a Donor since I do occasionally donate funds to keep the website running, although the most important donations are the items sent to the service members I choose to support during their deployment. As soon as "my" unit rotates back home, I'm right back on AnySoldier to pick out a new unit to adopt.
We discovered anysoldier.com in 2005 in our search to actively support our troops serving in OIF/OEF. From the design of the website (super easy to use!) to all of the up-to-date and accurate information, this site rocks. We have supported numerous units over the years and, even 7 years later, remain in contact w/many of them. With anysoldier.com supplying the names and mailing addresses, we can ensure 100% of our time, money and effort goes directly to the troops. Doesn't get any better than that. I coordinate 'donation drives' at work, local businesses and among friends. This organization definitely is life-changing - not only to us but to the troops. How do we know? Because they've told us... repeatedly.
I became a user almost at the onset of AnySoldier.com back in 2003..
To me there is no greater program in my estimation for sending packages, cards & letters to any of our military in harms way.. I have made many a good friend of Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Soldiers and members of there families over the years... Having a contact name to choose from the large list makes it so much easier and fun to find someone you want to be in contact with and in many cases a forever friend.. Marty and Sue Horn picked up the baton and ran with it when their son Brian was in Iraq in 2003... He kept asking for packages to be sent for him to share with his buddies who hardly ever received mail of any kind... It became apparent they, family and close friends were unable to supply all of Brian's Company... The light bulb came on for a bright idea..... Thus, AnySoldier.com was sborn... As I remember??? in those days it was first called AnySoldier.US... Later all branches had their own pages to list contacts.. The first was AnyMarine.com..... Since those days so very many of our service members have been on the receiving end of some super packages from great Americans all over the US and also many from other countries have hopped on to add to their pleasure...
To me, there is no better organization for those in harms way to sign on than AnySoldier.com and any branch of the military... It's the only program I use... I have no kids, no family of my own in the military...
But I SURE DO NOW..... Thanks Sue and Marty for making my life so very special.... You are the very BEST! Peggy Kane, Fountain Valley, CA
Thanks to AnySoldier I'm able to support Our Troops when and where they Need it!
The sad fact is that most civilians believe that Our Troops are well provided for and they never go without.
While my son was deployed for his first tour in Iraq, he told me that three other Marines NEVER got ANY mail at all! So I started to send them carepacs when I sent them to my son but once my son got back I knew that there were others in need of support and then I found this site were I'm able to pick Troops that need support. Some people are happy with the yellow magnet on their car but do nothing to support Our Troops! Not Me! Thanks to AnySoldier I can send support to Our Troops where they needed the most. God Bless You! God Bless Our Troops!
Sincerely, Audrey Sharp
been using this site to send packages since 2007 . I love being able to chhose the group I send support to. I have made many cyber friends through the forum and have saved every letter, card and email from the service members who have responded back.
I have been supporting Maines with care packages since the war started. If you do not personally know a Marine, it is very difficult to send care packages for security reasons. This website has bridged that huge gap between combat servicepeople and the general public without sacrificing the security of our warriors
AnySoldier.com is TOPS!! One of the greatest ways to show your support of our troops - select a group from the database and start sending your letters and packages. It's my favorite organization, and so professionally organized. These guys are real pros at getting you connected with any size, any branch of the military, any state !
Began sending packages overseas as a girl scout project, we have now sent over 20 packages as a family, we developed contacts and friendships to last forever!
Of all the organizations dedicated to supporting to our deployed troops, AnySoldier.Com is nothing less than OUTSTANDING. Their website is easy to understand and navigate. Assistance is always available. And I love that I can personally select who I want to support. I can pick a group from my home town, my state, a specific branch of the military, a speciific location in the world, the size of the group, and if there are males/females/ or both in the group. Their search engine is so powerful, you can search for specific items that are needed or requested. They stress that packages are not necessary, and encourage letters. But for those of us that cannot resist sending packages, the suggestions, information and assistance, is terrific. I can't say enough good things about them!