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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7/24/2016

A little Monday Motivation!

Need a little Monday Morning Motivation?  "Temperatures soared to over 129 degrees in the Middle East Thursday and Friday, possibly setting all-time records for the Eastern Hemisphere.  The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, Thursday soared to 129.2 degrees, which if verified, would be Earth's hottest temperature ever reliably measured outside of Death Valley, Calif." - USA Today, July 22, 2016.

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:

7/23/2016

Summer Heat Wave!

Most of America has been experiencing a heat wave - here in Dallas we hit 100 degrees yesterday. But as hot as it feels here, just think about the heat the troops serving overseas have to deal with. The Middle east is experiencing a heat wave as well.  It hit 121 degrees in Baghdad one day this past week!! Now that's hot. This is when care packages from home can make a big difference. Items such as shampoo, microwavable meals, razors, powdered drink mix, room air fresheners, body wash, baby wipes, socks, basic toiletries, snacks and especially foot powder are greatly appreciated. Also fun items like water blasters/soakers and even water balloons can help make the heat more bearable. 

We have a care package packing party coming up on August 6th. The boxes will contain the items mentioned above. You can help send some encouragement and support to American troops overseas by donating funds to help cover the shipping costs 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.

Heat wave hits the Middle East!  

7/22/2016

Soldier in Iraq gives care package tips - What to send, and what not to send

Below are some insightful comments from an American Soldier in Iraq who has received some recent care packages from the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas.  He sent this info out to some of his supporters back home, and it has many good comments on what to send, and not to send, to our military troops overseas.

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.

7/21/2016

"It is no longer the 'in thing' to support the troops"

Below are excerpts from a message received from a U..S. Soldier in Iraq who recently received some care packages from the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas.

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.

7/20/2016

Big Game Sports, Inc, Dallas, Donates Footballs to be Included in Care Packages!

Thank you Big Game for your donation of footballs. Our troops deployed overseas will be excited to receive these footballs in their care packages. Tossing a football with a buddy is a great way to relieve the stress of being in a combat zone and far from home. We hope our care packages bring a little taste of home along with much needed items like toiletries, snacks plus some added fun.

The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas welcomes financial or product donations from companies, individuals and organizations who are looking for an opportunity to support the U.S. troops. If you are looking for an opportunity to support our troops overseas 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.), our all-volunteer nonprofit organization would be grateful for your assistance. You can contact us at support@airborneangelcadets.com to get information on ways you can help.

Footballs donated by Big Game Sports, Inc..

7/19/2016

Allstate Giving Campaign Supports the Troops with a Donation!

The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas received a financial donation from Allstate Giving Campaign to help us continue to send care packages to military members deployed overseas. We are proud to have Allstate as one of our valued supporters!

The funding for postage costs is our greatest need, so we greatly appreciate the financial donation from Allstate.  And, we welcome donations from others who are looking for an opportunity to help send care packages to U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. 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.

Thank you Allstate for your donation!


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7/18/2016

Care Packages - Putting troop numbers into perspective

The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas ship care packages to U.S. military troops who we communicate with on a regular basis.  Though our care packages might reach 12,000 of the most remote troops each year, this represents a small portion of the American men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  How many Americans serve in our Armed Forces?

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.