1) Donate Financially - Our greatest need is cash for our mailing costs. With no paid staff, we strive to maximize the use of donations. We are a 501(c)(3) charity, so your gifts are tax deductible. We accept checks to Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, TX 75011. You can donate via our mobile website - m.airborneangelcadets.com, or via credit card through our Click and Pledge account.
There are about 225,000 U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed outside the continental U.S. and its territories. While most have comfortable living conditions (Japan, Korea, Italy, Spain, etc.), our care package recipients in more austere conditions are very grateful to receive hard-to-find basic living items. Many thousands do not have access to nice stores (PX, BX, NEX, MCX, etc.), on or off-base, and many have no regular access to U.S. bases (out on extended missions, at sea, assigned to the host country's base - with no American dining facilities, etc.).
Some of the care package items that troops have mentioned on their wish lists recently include simple things like body wash, shampoo, deodorant, shelf-stable microwavable meals, protein powder, insoles, foot powder, foldable pocket knives for maintenance work, coffee, powdered drink mixes, batteries, snacks, razors, non-aerosol shave gel, energy bars, laundry pods, air fresheners and many other assorted toiletry and food items.
If you are looking for an opportunity to send some encouragement and support to American troops overseas, we would be very grateful for any financial support. Our donations slow considerably in the early months of the year. If your company has a fiscal year ending March 31, perhaps you could consider an early 2016 donation for the troops.
We are an all-volunteer (no paid staff) 501(c)(3) nonprofit with about 100 volunteers in the Dallas - Fort Worth, TX region. We have been sending care packages for 10 years and support U.S. troops in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard ... from all 50 States! We estimate over 10,000 troops received some items from our care packages in 2015.
"We received your boxes earlier this week. I must say that all of us are completely overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity.
Your gesture proves that there are still people that care about us and what we do.
We stay quite busy but will surely enjoy all the items that you sent at every available opportunity.
Words cannot express how thankful we are.
Thank you again for your support and generosity on behalf of the entire Operations Division of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve."
"We just received your packages. Everyone loved them. Thank you for everything you sent to us. We really appreciate all the support you have shown us! Thank you so much!!!"
|Soldiers receive care packages with food, snacks and toiletries.|
|This soldier is very happy to receive the boxes filled with goodies.|
"I have attached a few photos with Marines holding the pillow cases in front of all the boxes you sent. Please pass onto the volunteers and anyone involved thank you from the Marines and Sailors of CLB 1. It is always nice to receive snacks, blankets, hygiene items, etc. from the states and we truly appreciate everyone involved with volunteering their time and resources to send these items out here. Thank you for your continued support of CLB 1 and I hope you have a great day."
|One of the decorated pillowcases that were included in the care packages.|
Note the care packages in the background!
|Marines holding a decorated pillowcase received in a care package..|
The new warehouse will make it much easier to store the snacks and toiletries plus it will have enough room to pack the care packages to send to the troops.
|The new warehouse at the end of a long moving day.|
"Basic Necessities from food to razors and toiletries would be greatly appreciated. We are unable to bring in large amounts of military supplies and most of what we need is procured through the localeconomy. Not only is it a strain on the US personnel to adjust to local food grades and pathogens, but it is also a strain on the local economy in the area when we compete with the indigenous people. Any support is greatly appreciated. The first (photo) is a spot that we shop at in the market we don't get MRE's or anything like that, the bottom is a photo we took shortly after getting here."
|"Shopping" in the local market.|
|US Troops at a remote base in Africa.|