I was able to get an inside glimpse of this non-profit at a volunteer event. The work they are doing for not only current service members, but veterans is amazing. HeroBox is currently vamping up their program geared towards homeless veterans. They will be providing care packages to recently homed, former homeless, veterans. What an amazing idea! They were preparing boxes full of towels, pillows, kitchenware and more.
My company sponsored a troop last year as a Christmas social event/opportunity to give back to our troops overseas. I was able to contact our troop representative on many occasions and he was even able to send some photos after a while. We received great feedback and intend on sponsoring another troop again this year!
I just signed up to send packages to a deployed military person. I sent him an email to ask more specifics of things he wanted. Not knowing if I would hear back or not. I got a response within 30 minutes. I'm very excited to send him a package with the items he wants!
Being involved with HeroBox.org has been one of the most rewarding experiences to date. I have been paired with 3 different Heroes and each experience has been unique and rewarding. What was supposed to have been me sending out a care package monthly, based on their needs/wants, has evolved into friendships and "pen pals", if you will. I was lucky enough to hear from each of my heroes on a regular basis, whether it be through letters, emails or instant messaging. Knowing first hand the difference I have been able to make while they were deployed is a feeling that you just can't put into words. Of course, i will need to find a way as I will be meeting one of my heroes in person later this year. Thank you HeroBox for affording me this opportunity to help those who give so much of themselves to a nation that will never fully understand exactly what these selfless men and women go through to keep us safe!
I was looking for a non profit to help where I could do the most good. Hero Box caught my attention, especially since I have family in the military that was serving overseas at the time. They paired me with a very nice soldier and some of my co-workers and I got together and filled the boxes for him. He did email me and expressed his appreciation for what he received. I was happy that we could send him a little bit of home. This is a great cause!!!
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I met Ryan and his family shortly after he started Hero Box. What I admire about Ryan was his effort and determination to make this non-profit a go. We are a military family and have several loved ones deployed. My son, who just came home from Afganastan, said that the second hardest thing about depoyment was being away from the "everyday things of life". That, "Do the folks back home no what they give up for us"? Hero Box brings a little of that back to them. Thank you Hero Box!
I just read through several of the posts and the common wish for improvement is communication with the soldier. I agree this would be the ultimate - to know that the package sent appreciated and was filled with the things needed and wanted by them. However, I imagine they have other things on their minds and so I try to remember that I am doing this for them - it is not for me, even through communication with them would be great! I believe that whatever I send will be welcomed and will used by some soldier who needs it. I cannot imagine what it is like for them. I thank them for their sacrifice.
I became a member of HeroBox for many reasons, the most important of which was to teach my kids that it is important to give back. I don't know any soldiers personally so I thought HeroBox would be a good way to thank the soldiers for everything that they do. My kids have become very involved and enjoy picking out items and packing them up. They have learned a lot about the spirit of giving and how important it is to care for others. HeroBox is very simple to use and if you happen to have any questions they are answered almost immediately.I have enjoyed my time with HeroBox immensely. I wish I coould do more!
Herobox is amazing organization. They are truly committed to support the troops overseas. The entire orgnaizational support team is very passionate and devoted to thier cuase. This is a great orgnaization, thansk you for everything you do.
I have really enjoyed sending Heroboxes to the soldiers and I know this is something that they really need not just the items themselves, but the thought that someone is thinking of them and appreciates what they do. I would also like to get more information on the HEROS on the front end, because they often do not have then time to ever respond. On the sign up for HEROS, could you have them give more information. Try a checklist with questions and ideas...things like sizes, interests such as what type of books or DVD's they want, ask them to be specific.