Thursday, November 30, 2006

Christmas, Christmas time is near.

From, come these suggestions for remembering the troops and their families this holiday season.

Marines, Sailors Now Accepting Donations for Toys For Tots

Marines and Sailors around the world are working together during the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) "Toys for Tots" 2006 campaign, underway from now until Dec. 18 in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, including finding your local Toys for Tots campaign office, visit the Toys for Tots Foundation website.

Care Packages Top One Million

The USO will soon be distributing its one millionth Operation USO Care Package. Initiated in 2001 by the USO of Metropolitan Washington, the Operation USO Care Package program distributes care packages to servicemembers deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations, as well as troops arriving and departing on rest and recuperation (R&R) flights. Care packages can contain prepaid international calling cards, refreshments, disposable cameras, toiletries, compact discs and other items requested by service men and women. To support the Operation USO Care Package program, visit or call 1-877-USO-GIVE and specify the donation is for Operation USO Care Package.

Give Exchange Certificates to Deployed Troops

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) operates 53 PX/BX facilities throughout Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Even the most basic operation provides access to toiletries, phone cards and cold drinks. Any American can provide these and many more items to deployed troops by ordering a lightweight "Gift from the Homefront" gift certificate for less than it costs to send a 1-pound package. With the PX/BX certificates, troops can pick up toothpaste, socks or even Burger King Whoppers when they want them. "Gifts from the Homefront" are not only redeemable at exchanges throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, but can also be used at any of the 187 name brand fast food outlets AAFES operates in the contingency theater. To order PX/BX certificates, visit or call (877) 770-4438.

Send Packages to Troops, Families

Just in time for the holidays, Operation Homefront has launched "eCarePackage," an online service that allows citizens to send care packages to deployed troops and their families. Servicemembers and families can register on and visitors can "adopt" them based on common interests. Then visitors select individual items to create a customized care package for their chosen servicemember or family and include a personal message. Operation Homefront's team of volunteers takes the order, boxes the selected items and ships them directly to the servicemember or family -- always protecting their identity and physical location. For more information, visit

Volunteers, Donations Sought for Children's Christmas Tour

As the holidays draw near, the Hampton Roads (Va.) Chief Petty Officer Association (HRCPOA) is calling out to the khaki community throughout the mid-Atlantic region to help them bring Christmas cheer to children from the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG). Every Christmas for the last 11 years, the HRCPOA has brought children from the VHBG in Richmond to Naval Station Norfolk to enjoy a ship tour and Christmas party. VHBG is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian children's home providing residential care and supportive services to children with special needs. The next HRCPOA holiday event planning meeting will take place at the Anchor Station Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Anyone interesting in participating is welcome. Donations can be dropped off at the Anchor Station anytime.

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