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 2017?

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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Winter 2014 Care Package mission in Afghanistan

As time is getting near to mail out our 2014 Christmas care packages to U.S. military troops serving overseas, some recent statistics and statements give an overview of the situation in Afghanistan. While we also ship care packages to the Mideast, Africa and Eastern Europe, we will not forget our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in Afghanistan. There are about 250,000 total U.S. troops deployed in foreign countries around the world.

While the roughly 30,000 U.S. troops (and about 11,000 other NATO troops) in Afghanistan will be withdrawing down to about 10,000 U.S. troops by January 1, 2015, it will still be a dangerous environment. Though you may hear we have pulled all 'combat' troops out of Afghanistan this Christmas, 'non-combat' troops will stay in Afghanistan through the end of 2017, and possibly beyond.  The enemy will not be concerned over such classifications.  American troops will still be in danger on convoys, training missions, and on bases. So we will continue to ship care packages to Afghanistan.

ICasualties reports 48 American troop casualties in Afghanistan as of early October, 2014.

Military Times article (Oct. 8, 2014)
"As the U.S. approaches the end of major combat operations in Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes there hit their highest point in two years in August ... U.S. aircraft conducted 660 close-air support sorties last month, bringing the total number this year to 10,890."

From Stars and Stripes article (Oct. 4, 2014)
After Nov. 15, there will be 25 bases around the country that will continue to be used under Resolute Support, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Olson, an ISAF spokesman."

A September, 2014 ISAF article shows 41,124 total NATO troops (from 48 countries) in Afghanistan as listed below. Countries with the largest number of troops in Afghanistan are shown below:

28,970 - United States
3,906 - United Kingdom
1,599 - Germany
1,411 - Italy
755 - Georgia
626 - Jordan
393 - Turkey
327 - Romania
320 - Bulgaria
304 - Poland
273 - Australia
227 - Czech Republic
160 - Belgium
153 - Croatia
145 - Denmark
121 - Armenia
101 - Hungary
* 31 other countries provided troops to the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.