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.
Imagine U.S. troops in the Mideast not only dealing dealing with the extreme heat, but compounding that with their tough military environment ... inadequate a/c in many cases, patrols in the midday sun, battlefield conditions, in many cases limited access to water for showers, etc.
While Pokemon Go enthusiasts are dealing with extreme heat in the USA, the U.S. troops in the Mideast and Southwest Asia are dealing with historically high temperatures! When people in the Mideast complain that it's hot, it's hot! The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas can't do anything about the heat, but we can bring out a few smiles, and perhaps provide a little motivation and moral support, with some care packages from home.
Here's a cool 'Military Motivation - Welcome to the Grind' video:
|Heat wave hits the Middle East!|
If you are able to donate such products (foiled tuna fish, creamer, laundry Pods, beef jerky, slim jims, dried fruits and nuts, etc.), or can help us with postage funds, we welcome your support.
Please Do not send Troops in Iraq a lot of melty things like chocolate from 1 April to 1 October. We currently have 2 solid 3 pound blocks of gummy bears in the refridgerator.
Try to send easy open cans or pouches of things, yes some of us like the tuna fish you send! I always bring a can opener or two and they always disappear on me to parts unknown. Nobody needs a can of green beans unless they special request it!
Liquid creamers are AWESOME, but they make a terrible mess if they are busted. You know the kind that are in a little plastic cup with a foil top… most of them die if not packed in a more sturdy outer (plastic, metal) container. Old cookie and fruit cake tins rock for items like this and PODS.
Laundry PODS are awesome since I have to do my own laundry here (not every base does so ask before you send) they too burst and cause a mess, see above for solution. We had some travel just fine in little plastic tubs and they didn’t melt!
Beef Jerky rules! Slim Jims are ok too, but not if you are on a diet.
Dried fruits and tree nuts are awesome! Peanuts grow in the ground and are actually very abundant in these parts, in their mashed buttery form. Think almonds, cashews, cranberries, cherries, and blueberries. Banana chips are not ‘dried fruit’, they are potato chips made with bananas.
Greetings from Iraq;
First I would like to take the opportunity to thank you! The outpouring of support that still exists from the Citizens of the United States of America is something to behold. Our country has been fighting wars and helping other countries fight wars since the dawn of time, or so it seems, let us not forget we had help from other countries (France) just to become a country. So in a way I figure we are still paying that dept off every generation.
Somehow my generation got to do two major conflicts. I must add that our total ‘lost and injured’ has nowhere near come close to any generation before us. It has been a long 15 years and most of the population in the US have become ‘bored’ with war and it is no longer the ‘in thing’ to support the troops like it was for the first few years, yet the core of our honest and hard working citizens have been supporting us ‘over here’ without fail for the duration.
With that thought in mind, I salute each and everyone whom have given so much and asked for little or nothing in return. I wish from the bottom of my heart that I could give each and every one of you a memento of thanks for the support you provide to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines every day.
|Footballs donated by Big Game Sports, Inc..|
Active Forces Strength Figures: - (DOD stats - May 31, 2016)
Army - 490,326
Navy - 326,253
Marine Corps - 183,787
Air Force - 310,795
Total DOD - 1,311,161
* Additional Coast Guard - 40,075
Reserve Strength Figures - (DOD stats - May 31, 2016)
Army National Guard - 347,447
Army Reserve - 199,508
Navy Reserve - 57,542
Marine Corps Reserve - 37,965
Air National Guard - 104,147
Air Force Reserve - 68,501
Total DOD Reserve - 815,110
* Additional Coast Guard Reserve - 6,704
From these troops, it is estimated about 225,000 are deployed outside the U.S. and it's territories in 2016. These troops, estimated to be stationed in about 170 countries, are the focus of our care package mission. And more specifically, we concentrate a large proportion of our care packages on the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.