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 2015?

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.

3/02/2015

First packing party at our new warehouse!

The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas held our first packing party at our new warehouse in Carrollton. Many thanks to the Dallas area volunteers who braved the cold weather to pack up over 100 care packages for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas.  The care packages will be headed to our U.S. military troops in the Mideast and Africa.

It was a great learning experience for everyone.  We were able to test the layout of product donations, tables and equipment so that future packing parties can run at optimum efficiency. Video and photos are below.


DFW area volunteers being instructed prior to packing.
Soldiers care packages being taped up.

2/28/2015

Some suggested items for Spring 2015 donations

As the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas continue to mail care packages to our military troops deployed overseas, some of the items we can use are listed below.  For supporters in the Dallas - Fort Worth, TX area and across the USA, we would appreciate your support with financial or product donations.  We are currently supporting Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and other remote areas in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe.
New Warehouse space - View from front
New Warehouse space - View from back
Some care package items we can use for early 2015 shipments:
TOILETRIES / NON-FOOD PRODUCTS:
- Body Wash (2 in 1 or 3 in 1 are great)
- Deodorant
- Disposable Razors
- Non-aerosol Shave Gel (gel type)
- Eye drops
- Dental Floss or Dental Picks
- Tums / Rolaids
- Shoe Insoles
- Twin sheet sets (dark colors to hide stains), pillow cases
- Plain white, green, brown, black socks

FOOD PRODUCTS:
- Coffee
- Beef Jerky

2/17/2015

Are Care Packages to U.S. military troops still needed in 2015?

The volunteers of the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas are often asked if care packages are still needed and welcomed by American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines serving overseas.   Yes, we still hear from our military contacts in remote areas overseas that our care packages are greatly valued and appreciated.  The American public hears a lot about Iraq and Afghanistan, but U.S. troops operate in about 70% of the countries around the world.

There are currently about 140,000 - 160,000 U.S. troops stationed or deployed overseas at the start of 2015.  The media often reports on the 10,000 remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  But on a worldwide perspective, U.S. troops conducted operations in about 140 countries (out of about 196 countries worldwide) in 2014.

"World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict" ... the title of an August, 2014 article from The Independent newspaper (U.K.).  "The only ones to achieve the lowest score for all forms of conflict were Switzerland, Japan, Qatar, Mauritius, Uruguay, Chile, Botswana, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Panama and Brazil."

On January 28, 2015, General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, addressed the Senate Armed Forces Committee:

"In sum, we remain fully engaged with nearly 140,000 Soldiers committed, deployed, or forward-stationed conducting five named operations on six continents in nearly 140 countries, with 9 of our 10 Division Headquarters employed across the globe."

The Defense Manpower Data Center reports that approximately 160,000 U.S. troops were serving outside the continental U.S. and it's territories as of December 31, 2014.

2/16/2015

We Have Moved Into Our New Warehouse Space!

We have finally moved into our new warehouse space at 1700 Surveyor Blvd, Suite 104, Carrollton, TX 75006.  We are still working on the initial set-up, but will soon be ready to mail out care packages to our U.S. military troops overseas. We signed a one year lease at a reasonable rent. The Dallas area volunteers of the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas are ready to start supporting the roughly 150,000 U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines serving overseas at the start of 2015.

We are looking for more 6' or 8' folding tables (used or new), folding chairs, and a few more sturdy shelving units. If anyone can donate these items, we would appreciate hearing from you.

It would not be possible to thank everyone who spent valuable time, effort and expense on behalf of our warehouse search.  But some of our 'corporate' thanks go out to ...

Steve Wagner of Signature Imaging Corporation who leased us the facility.
Tony Katsulos at Jetstream Public Relations who went above and beyond in publicizing our warehouse searc.
TransGroup Worldwide Logistics, Two Men and a Truck, and Bekins Moving & Storage for their enormous help with the logistics.
Cliff Bogart at Vanguard Commercial Group for patiently advising us on our warehouse search.

1/28/2015

2015 Letter from Army Chaplain in Afghanistan

The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas received a very nice 'thanks' from one of our great Army Chaplains in Afghanistan.  She distributes our care packages to her fellow Soldiers who are deployed in Afghanistan. As many of these Soldiers (and other U.S. troops) have just arrived in Afghanistan, we will continue to support them with our care packages in 2015.