How can you help our nonprofit send care packages to some of the most remote of the roughly 250,000 U.S. military troops serving overseas in 2014?

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.

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.
--- WE NEED HELP IN FINDING A NEW WAREHOUSE SPACE ! ---
We have lost our current donated space due to internal expansion by our previous corporate host.
Jetstream Public Relations has kindly generated an informative Press Release on our warehouse space.
More details are on our 'Warehouse Search Update' page (click here), but basically we are looking at two options:

1) Very hard to find - Donated warehouse space of about 2,500 - 4,000 sft, open floorplan, HVAC in large portion, far north Dallas or nearby suburbs, door wide enough for pallets, parking for 10+ cars. If you have any ideas, we would be most grateful for your help.

2) More likely option - Raise about $40,000 to pay for an office/warehouse space for a year ($80,000 for 2-year lease).
A $15,000 Matching Challenge Grant for December 2014 donations has been pledged by one of our great supporters!
We would be very grateful to anyone who can help us with tax-deductible financial donations.
Any excess funds will go towards shipping more care packages to our military troops. Donations can be made online via credit card or can be mailed to:
Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, TX 75011-6691. EIN: 86-1138447 Email: support@airborneangelcadets.com

12/18/2014

Remote U.S. troops receive 2014 Christmas Care Packages

Below is a recent email from one of our American military recipients of Christmas care packages from the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas.  This Air Force contact is in a remote area of Asia, with very little access to the comforts provided at larger bases. Our volunteers and donors are proud to support these U.S. troops serving in a harsh environment during the holiday season.

In recent days our team received a number of care packages that you had a part in preparing.  There were several toiletries, snacks, notes/cards, games, books, movies, etc.  We can tell you put a lot of thought into the things that would be meaningful to us.  To receive these during the holidays is a big morale boost especially as we are a small team in a remote part of the country where we don't have the opportunity to purchase such things.  You made our Christmas more enjoyable.  Please thank your entire team of volunteers and donors for their time and investment in us.  To know we are so well supported by people like you makes the time away from home and family more bearable.
God bless you and Happy Holidays!
Respectfully,  Maj, USAF

12/17/2014

Still Daily Risks for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

As the U.S. military in Afghanistan transitions from ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) to Operation Resolute Support in 2015, it is still a dangerous environment.  There will be about 10,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan at the start of 2015.  And the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas will continue to support the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines with care packages.

Though Operation Resolute Support may be defined as a non-combat role, U.S. troops may engage in combat when threatened, when conducting air support, or when targeting al-Qaida elements. There are also the many ever-present dangers of daily life inside and outside the bases in Afghanistan.

The change to a non-combat role "may be largely semantics" according to a Stars and Stripes article (12/16/2014): NATO mission in Afghanistan unlikely to change much

"Obama recently signed an order opening the door to continued American combat operations in coming years, such as when troops are threatened. Also, the coalition told Stars and Stripes recently it intends to provide air support to Afghan units if requested. A certain number of special operations units will also be tasked with combating any al-Qaida elements."

"But combat, while less of a focus, has remained a constant possibility for the heavily armed NATO service members in Afghanistan. Now, the continuing — and in some areas increasing — violence in Afghanistan, aimed both at Afghan forces and at foreigners, means foreign troops will still face daily risks."

"On Sunday, the Department of Defense identified two American soldiers who died Friday in an attack near Bagram Air Field north of Kabul ...  when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle."

"Such incidents, as well as so-called insider attacks by Afghan forces, are likely to remain a daily concern for troops, even if they aren’t engaged in offensive combat operations."

12/11/2014

Footballs and care packages received by Soldiers in Afghanistan

We just received some great photos and a message from one of our chaplain contacts in Afghanistan. We shipped a bunch of Christmas care packages to these Soldiers who have just arrived in Afghanistan. Trenton provided some great footballs that are a big hit with the troops.
Soldiers in Afghanistan enjoying the footballs in our care packages.
To 8-year-old Trenton and ALL of our Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas,

TF Corsair can’t tell you just how much we appreciate all of the care packages you have sent us.  The footballs from Trenton were a very special surprise and a wonderful reminder of home!  Every package is special and a reminder of just how much Patriotic Americans like you are behind us as we all serve our Nation together.

Chaplain (Afghanistan)
Army Chaplain receiving care packages in Afghanistan.

12/07/2014

Troops in Afghanistan and Europe receive 2014 Christmas care packages

Below are two messages and photos from our U.S. military contacts in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan who have received some of our 2014 Christmas care packages. This particular unit in Afghanistan has Soldiers deployed in several areas around the country. The American Soldiers in Eastern Europe were spread out in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland.

Greetings Volunteers of Airborne Angel Cadets,
... To thank you for all the time and dedication, your team has put in your thoughtful care packages, is not enough. Let me ensure you, I couldn’t keep them long enough to cherish.  I assure you that we are not forgotten, thank you in part from your program ... We have received so much love that comes in each care package, we are starting to share the care packages with our sister and brother units.

From Oregon Army National Guard in Afghanistan
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Dear Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas,
Thanks so much for the care packages that you helped send to us here in Poland! The soldiers really, really enjoyed getting all the stuff! We've been eating a lot of Polish food (sausage, potatoes, cheese), which is good, but after having the same thing every day, we are very excited about anything new :) ...  Once again, thanks for your gift of time and thoughtfulness. That means a lot to everyone here!

From U.S. Army Soldiers in Eastern Europe
American Soldiers in Poland who received our care packages.

12/03/2014

Messages from troops receiving our 2014 Christmas care packages

Below are some recent messages from our U.S. military contacts overseas who are distributing our care packages to their surrounding Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas thank all our wonderful volunteers and supporters who made it possible to ship out these care packages.

ALL received today!  INCREDIBLE!  It's like Christmas coming early!  My Troopers who helped me load them in were in awe to know that so many Patriotic Americans like you and your supporters care so much!  You all are a vital part of mission success!  May God richly bless you!
* Soldiers from Afghanistan

We have been receiving the care packages. Thank you so much for the continuing support, I hope your organization is able to find storage for the care packages.  We love the decorations, the snacks and blankets.
* USAF SSgt, Mideast

I currently have all of the boxes you guys sent us and the Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade will be having a fantastic Christmas because of you all at Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas.
* Soldiers from Afghanistan