After I became a Navy mom, I was searching for other moms out there in the same boat (pun intended) as my myself. I found that in Navy4Moms. Along the way I was introduced to Molly's Adopt a Sailor. It's run by fellow Navy moms that love sharing a little bit of home to our deployed troops. Despite the name, MAS ships to ALL branches of our military. Each month they find a group, whether on land or at sea, to adopt. They get the word out and those that want to volunteer get the requested items and package them up to ship on the predetermined date. People (I hesitate to say just moms because there are so many out there that do this) from all over the US help to make this happen. School age kids and those in nursing homes make cards, draw pictures, send words of encouragement along with the goodies.
I recommend getting on their website and checking out all MAS does for our troops. There are so many other ways they support and encourage them! Heads-at-Ease is an awesome project that has taken on a life of its own. They make pillowcases to send to our military.....a simple but powerful gesture. (Most recently they sent pillowcases to the victims of Ft. Hood and their families, again. :( ) There's also a section where cards are sent to our wounded warriors and others who have been injured.
I highly recommend Molly's Adopt a Sailor as a great non-profit group! There's something for everyone everyone, regardless of financial means, to help support our troops!! Their motto says it all: We Ship Love....... and they do!!
I met Molly during a grant contest. It just so happens that my daughter was deployed at the time. The organization was just beginning but changing lives. Several military "kids" received packages. They boost morale, provide needed supplies and feel like a hug from home. The packages seem to be delivered when needed the most. It is sad we must rely on citizens to provide basic things to our military. Several of my "kids" feel like they are forgotten until something like a package from the States. One said it was better than Christmas.