How can you help our nonprofit send care packages to some of the most remote of the roughly 225,000 U.S. military troops serving overseas in 2016?

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 credit card through our Click and Pledge account.

2) Donate Goods - Our all-volunteer charity is based in the Dallas area, but receives product donations from across the USA for care packages for our Soldiers and Troops overseas. We kindly request that you contact us at support@airborneangelcadets.com before sending any care package goods.

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8/26/2016

We prioritize care packages based on levels of suck!

Paying close attention to the 'levels of suck' is one of the cornerstone principles of the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas.  As one of our wonderful care package re-distributors in Afghanistan wrote this summer, "we send out stuff to the guys in the worst AOs" (area of operations).  And he also prioritizes by "levels of suck" ... his words.

With more care package requests than we have products and funds to fulfill, we focus on those American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines that we believe are in the most austere environments while deployed overseas.  We believe this is the intent of our generous donors, and something we also believe is important.

Most of our care packages currently go to U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A smaller portion of care packages go to other troops in the Mideast, Eastern Europe, and Africa.

If you would like to support these troops with some care packages from our all-volunteer nonprofit, we would greatly welcome your support!

8/24/2016

Roadside bomb kills US soldier in southern Afghanistan.

"The U.S. military said Tuesday an Army soldier was killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb during an operation in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province."

U.S. service members in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (AP, File)
Here is a link to the Fox News story:
http://r www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/23/roadside-bomb-kills-us-service-member-in-southern-afghanistan.html

It's important to encourage and support our troops who are serving in these dangerous conditions - especially after this type of news.  The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas continue to send care packages to our U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are many ways you can help; you can send requested items to us to be included in the care packages, donate funds through the Click and Pledge link at the top of the page or send checks made payable to: Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, TX 75011.

8/21/2016

We're getting closer, but we still need $67,000 to reach our 2016 fundraising target!

Although the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas is an all-volunteer nonprofit (no paid staff) and we receive much in the way of product donations, we still have to pay postage for each box, plus our standard warehouse expenses.

As the summer heat drags on and the kids back home are going back to school, this is the time of year when a care package can boost a solider's morale. The postage cost for each packing session totals close to $3,750 and we usually have two sessions on a packing day, so that really adds up.

Some of our fantastic financial supporters for 2016 include Delta Air Lines, Rock & Brews / KISS, Citi, Levi Straus, Allstate, Pinnacle, Wells Fargo, Carrollton Women's Club, Texas Super Glow Hot Air Balloon event at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, Jones Day law firm, and many more.

So if you, your organization, or business are looking for a way to support our military members deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other remote areas, we would gladly welcome your financial donations.  In order to meet our target, we hope to receive another $67,000 in the last half of 2016.

Care Packages for National Guard troops deployed overseas

The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas are proud to send care packages to National Guard troops serving overseas, including members of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard, who are currently deployed to Afghanistan.  Below is Kid Rock's powerful 'Warrior' tribute song.

8/17/2016

American Soldier in Iraq: "Wow, that is great news!"

U.S. Soldier in Iraq upon being notified that care packages from the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas are on their way: "Wow, that is great news!  I am sure that all items will be loved by all the soldiers here ... This is some great news, and I am really excited. Thank you so much!"    
Video above is a wonderful U.S. Navy Band rendition of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song".

8/12/2016

August 2016 - Military Care Package Wish Lists & Activity Notes

As the hottest days of summer are upon the troops in the Mideast and Afghanistan, below is a fun 'Frozen' video clip, with an enthusiastic response from some young Marines. Even small gestures, like an item or two from a care package, can brighten the long days for troops deployed overseas.


Below are some notes on our summer/fall activities, wish lists, and some ideas on how you might be able to help us send care packages to U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas.  We have mailed about 2,250 care packages so far in 2016.

1) Financial donations - We are about $75,000 short of our fundraising target for 2016.  We are so thankful for our great supporters for donating about $65,000 through early August, but funding is always our greatest need.  We do have to pay the postage costs on every box we mail.

2) Windows 7 laptops - We could use two laptops for our online postage and admin needs.  We have four laptops, but two (one is an old Vista) are barely working.

3) Product donations - We welcome any company or group who can organize a collection drive for the troops. We seem to always be in need of toiletries, snacks, foods, and other care package items.

Companies and groups this year who have already donated goods via collection drives include Nosco, Bank of America - Plano, Allstate, ITT Tech Institute, Indian Creek Elementary School, Downing Middle School, Levi Strauss, Oxford Grand Community, International Facilities Mgt Association, Chicago Title, Colleyville Heritage High School Cheerleaders, Highland Park High School Girls Track Team, National Charity League, Northern Tool, etc.

4) Product Wish List - Some of our most needed items currently are:
* Coffee & Powdered Creamer

8/09/2016

Care Packages "Boost Morale" of U.S. Soldiers!

Here are three notes we received from two soldiers and a Chaplain - they show how important care packages are to their morale.

Soldier in Iraq (Fort Hood Ordnance Company):
"My time on (undisclosed) has come to a close, I can’t say that I will miss the ‘wonderful’ chow or the fact that I had to sleep on a cot!  I will also not miss the fact that the MCX (PX, store) was closed for several days in a row and now has reduced hours until they can get operations back on their feet.  The care packages have gone a long way in filling the gap with providing Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines here with comforts of home and needed hygiene items.  ... Everything has been appreciated to an extent that most people cannot imagine, Thank You, once again for all the support, time and efforts you have put forth!"

Soldier in Iraq (101st Airborne):
"You all are amazing.  Thanks for everything."

Chaplain in Romania:
"You guys are the best!  The next rotation of about 400 Troops has arrived in my area.  This will be a huge blessing and boost in morale!"

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. Or, you can support our troops with items that are often hard for them to find (shampoo, microwavable meals, razors, foot powder, powdered drink mix, room air fresheners, body wash, baby wipes, socks, basic toiletries, snacks, etc.) You can send requested items to us to be included in the care packages, donate funds through the Click and Pledge link at the top of the page or send checks made payable to: Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, TX 75011.