Welcome . Whatever way you might choose to help us , know that no one earns 1 penny here. This is a mission of love and sacrifice by a US Air Force family for the past 15 years during which they also lost their hero to brain cancer. It’s personal .
CURRENT TROOP NEEDS
January 11, 2017
For this past Hanukkah and Christmas ,we mailed almost 146 care packages for individual vetted wounded overseas and healing in hospitals here for care. Each box needed postage only and your warm supportive messages . And all of you made this happen !
Thanks are never enough and now missions continue in 2017 even with holidays over .
Please consider helping our missions for our vets and troops in need for our best round for 2017 now . 70 care packages are left to ship . Encourage others to help as there are many troops truly forgotten and we check out all needs.
January is the loneliest month for our troops and veterans away from home .
Remember you may add as long a message as you wish when you help ship care to our heroes . We will handwrite your message on a holiday card and pack it in with all the support and needs requested .
Would you please help sponsor even 1 care package’s postage for $17 ?
Not everyone has someone there for him or her to even receive a postcard . To reiterate, we send needs in these care packages not just morale items at Homefront Hugs and no one earns a penny here .
These care packages help prevent depression, isolation , stress, lack of sleep and even PTSD . These care packages remind our men and women in uniform they are not forgotten . Imagine if this were your loved one serving especially during the holidays and the beginning to a new year . With 24+ active duty troops and veterans committing suicide now every single day -wrapping troops without any mail in support is critical during and after deployments. Your support really matters.
$17 is what we need for each box to ship via USPS – just the postage required to ship to deployed troops overseas who have no support system and for our wounded healing in hospitals overseas and here in the United States.
Only with your help ,we wrap our troops in support to prevent depression ,isolation and yes, even suicide as we have a serious crisis with 24+warriors taking their lives every single DAY and yes ,this number has increased. Your help does make a difference whether it is $5 or $500.
Click here on the yellow button to donate to help our troops and veterans in need :
No Paypal account is needed , any checking account and credit card is accepted and your financial information is secure and private )
🔶You can also always send a money order or check to our address below and we hope you add a note for us to pack into the care packages you help mail .
1881 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4147
Here, at Homefront Hugs, we remind troops and veterans they are never forgotten no matter how busy our lives may get .
We send care to both our wounded and sick vets monthly in over 8 hospitals and our deployed heroes wherever they serve .
Our troops shine with compassion and courage at Homefront Hugs USA
” There is no better feeling than hearing your name called during mail call when you’ve had a tough day or are just missing home – thank you Homefront Hugs “, a soldier shared with us.
We also hope you email ” NEWS ” to Info@HomefrontHugs.org for our latest newsletter /troop needs bulletin . Your personal information /email address are never sold or shared for any reason by Homefront Hugs USA.
TRAGIC FACT: Every 60 minutes, a veteran, including our active duty members, commits suicide. This fact has not changed .
We have received more than a few emails from troops who are down and sharing that their battle buddies are too and not sure where to turn . That is when we act and we act fast . Suicides in our active duty troops are spiking up now tragically especially in our younger troops . We all need to pay attention . The number 22 is OLD NEWS now . Our nation is still in Denial. Think of it this way – since 9/11 our country has lost 130,000+ heroes to suicide leaving countless children without parents, military families planning funerals daily , parents burying their children . Support pre,during and after service is critical and whatever the cost – there should be no hesitation to ease their invisible and visible wounds .
How we began….
We officially began on 10-11-2001 in honor of US Air Force veteran and pilot Steve Schmidt of Charlevoix , Michigan – whom our president and founder was married to years ago and misses still today . They were college sweethearts ; fellow Wolverines . Steve courageously served our country in the first Gulf War when the support was not what it should have been for him or his wife Alessandra while they endured a family loss & tragedy. Steve’s dedication,integrity,humor and ability to perservere through the toughest times makes him a true warrior and hero. Sadly though, their marriage fell apart when Alessandra and Steve lost their twins in utero . Family support for military was poor and nonexistent when they were deployed overseas.
This inspired Alessandra later after 9/11 and is one of the key reasons Homefront Hugs now focuses on the silent heroes too – the children and spouses/partners of the serviceman or woman. .
Their well being is critical and the word ” dependents” has too often hindered the support they need and essential love and support they give our military heroes who serve .
Despite these challenges ,Steve became a Delta Airlines pilot who never forgot his humble American Indian roots and sparkling town of Charlevoix thanks to a kind,strong, wise mother, Claire, may she rest in peace. Our work here is dedicated to the love and memories they shared as a military couple, and the countless veterans and families who have also undergone pain and challenges serving our country .
Steve was from a sparkling gem of a town in Northern Michigan . Charlevoix’s quiet beauty, mesmerizing lake sunsets and American Indian heritage along Lake Michigan tantalizea anyone seeking a place to relax and savor moments . It belongs on everyone’s bucket list. Although townies would prefer to keep it a secret , they understand that fudgies (tourists) cannot help themselves once they discover Charlevoix especially with the yearly cherry ,music and Venetian Boat festivals.
WHAT WE ALWAYS NEED AT HOMEFRONT HUGS IS YOU. We know after 3 to 6 deployments, morale can get low and the ones who are left to serve, have tough assignments in the middle of nowhere in the harsh winters of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or intense heat of Africa. Our wounded in over 8 critical hospitals the media do not visit, also need us as they too are stuck sometimes far away from families as they just begin to heal physically and mentally. Our sick and homeless veterans also need better care .
Morale is key as Operation Enduring Freedom , Operation Inherent Resolve and other missions continuing all over the world , as attacks continue from ISIS and new terrorist offshoot groups form .
Thousands of troops have deployed again this 2017 for at least 6 month tours of duty. 200 special operations troops just got orders before the holidays to head to Syria. Many have signed up with us for support as well as their brave families who need moral support while their heroes are deployed again and again or healing from wounds . Adopt as a group or classroom – business or place of worship ! Adopt as a family and make this one of your New Year’s family projects .
After 15 years of war, our families are weary and stressed and deserve as much thanks and support as we care to give .
We hope you join us for updates on Twitter @HomefrontHugs or on Facebook at Homefront Hugs USA.
KIDS and TEENS
We wish all our awesome kids,teens and college students a great winter and hope you think about adopting a hero overseas maybe in 2017 or making some Valentines !
Tell your teachers about us and think of some fun ways to give thanks for your freedoms even in summer . We have ideas too on our Kids & Student page . Pick a project you can even do with friends and get real volunteer credit too or do it alone ! We have lots of ideas.
We love our students who volunteer from home and many who even make Homefront Hugs their Tzedakah project for Bar Mitzvahs, confirmation stewardship projects , or count those volunteer hours for jobs and college…as we do write references after 3 solid months of volunteering wherever you live …Mom,Dad or teachers just have to verify you did the volunteer hours.We love our teachers as well who inspire our students to make this world a better place .
Email info@HomefrontHugs.org for more info .
Hope you will visit our Kids and Teen page too! We don’t think you are ever too young to start volunteering. In fact ,we firmly believe kids who volunteer, don’t bully .
NEED FOR HUGS ESPECIALLY -> ADOPT A FAMILY FROM YOUR HOME FOR MORALE
As we mentioned, you can also adopt your own military family of heroes….just look at this easy application and how little it involves…just a kind heart long distance…especially now.
Right now we have a few wonderful families . We hope you will consider asking for one to spoil a little with emotional support and only one care package a month.
- We welcome homemade cards and drawings from children and citizens anytime for our wounded and deployed heroes. The price of cards is so high and we prefer your words say more than the cards. Please do not just sign them. We love Valentines Day cards too ! Send them to us as soon as you can with real messages or letters by February 10th !
- If you can add humor or a little prayer or photo, it makes the cards so much more like a hug from home = A Homefront Hug !
- Right now our mailbox is empty even with thousands of followers on social media and members here because we have packed all the holiday cards and letters . We need New Years calendars and cards for 2017 ! We need Valentines !
- We know what wonderful cards you write ! Just sit down and write a note to a wounded hero,a sick vet or deployed soldier. When you send them PLEASE sort them for us during this busy season please .
- Make your letters or cards feel like real hugs from home… a Homefront Hug!
1881 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Homefront Hugs makes a difference for our troops and Afghan children who need a smile
Morale is low over in the sandboxes of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, in Qatar and Kuwait,etc and on the ships deployed all over our oceans .
We are also involved in our fight against ISIL/ISIS and in Iraq, Kosovo, Syria, Africa, Jordan, Kuwait and Europe as well as fighting terrorists in all areas including Boko Haraam who kidnap young innocent girls in Africa . Our military is stretched thin.They deserve our thanks, our continuous unconditional support.
Our troops also spend time trying to find common bonds with their Afghan, African and Iraqi villages and families…many of them children and also with refugees. Along with specific serious needs, they have asked us for the following items to help them break the ice and bring a smile to the children caught up in the middle of the wars and ugly conflicts :
washable markers and colored paper
stickers of animals and fun ( non-religious)
used musical instruments
Deflated Soccer Balls with pumps if possible
Water Balloons ( the troops like these for fun & to lift morale too !)
Nerf and real Footballs
Frisbees and YOYOs
Dog treats and bones
(so many troops make new buddies over there in wartime for stress relief and even sometimes bring them home )
Our troops spend a lot of time with children for morale and to help improve their education and way of life including education…
Where to send these above items and any heartfelt postcards or hand written cards? Our mailbox is empty again !
Homefront Hugs USA
1881 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
HINT: This is a great project for a family or classroom this winter !
The love of soccer is universal and helps form friendships and trust – a great volunteer project for a soccer league or team here !
MORE NEEDS for our deployed and wounded heroes
- stamps, stamps, stamps for mailing care packages and for troops to send heavier letters home
- small travel games
- New Years gift bags and cards !
- small scented candles to remind them of home
- Neosporin, waterproof bandages
- scarves and lap blankets for our sick and wounded vets
- coffee/specialty teas for our nurses and docs who care for our wounded
- blank funny, romantic cards for holidays and birthdays for children and spouses- even Valentines for our troops to send home!
- playing cards, frisbees, footballs, and soft footballs for wounded warriors
- handwarmers, footwarmers due to harsh winters
- iTunes Gift cards so troops can download music..super for morale
- harmonicas, used or new musical instruments for morale
- BEEF JERKY and hot sauce of all kinds to make those MREs taste better
- home-baked cookies each individually wrapped
- chocolate only from Nov to March
- poker cards
- Adult coloring books with colored pencils for stress
- mag flashlights (especially the very small kind – all made in the USA)
- OPERATION PILLOW HUGS : 💚U shaped neck pillows for travel for our deployed and wounded heroes
- Soft cozy hand knit blankets and scarves for our wounded, sick and homeless troops from October- March
- handmade quilts for wounded and sick veterans
- baby wipes
- Colored pencils and adult coloring books to destress !
- White pillow cases we or you can decorate with positive messages with permanent ink and even fill with goodies for the New Year !
- We welcome NEW magazine subscriptions to our Homefront Hugs address below which we send monthly to heroes:
- Readers Digest, Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Oprah, Ebony, Latina
- Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Mens Health, Self, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, People, Maxim, Parenting, Family Circle, Real Simple, Car and Driver, Cat Fancy, Field and Stream, Hot Rod, Kiplingers, Family Fun,Field and Stream, Road and Track, Nascar, Motorcyclist, Bow Hunter, Hot Bike, Time, Flying, Plane and Pilot, Air and Space , Popular Science , Essence, US News, Fishing/Sailing Magazines,People in Spanish, anything to help them not think of the war for a little while; not miss home too much.
Send new subscriptions to :
Homefront Hugs for Heroes
1881 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor,MI 48103
THANK YOU as our heroes need us more than ever giving their all for our safety and freedoms.
Over 300,000 troops have come home from the war with some form of PTS/ PTSD and yet we can help cushion the pain and wrap our veterans in support during their deployments and even when they come home if they need us at Homefront Hugs USA.
PSA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MEDIA:
Our US troops overseas need us more than ever as the fight to end ISIS continues and their humanitarian work shines going wherever they can be of assistance in natural disasters like the Nepal earthquake, the refugee crisis or world epidemics like Ebola, Zika virus and floods, fires and even snow storms here at home .
BE A HERO, ADOPT A HERO (TM) through Homefront Hugs dot org or email Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org as brave troops hope and wait to be adopted who don’t have ANY support. Your country needs you. You can also help in so many other ways like writing letters and helping wounded warriors of Operation Healing Angel.
Please help us make sure NO HERO IS FORGOTTEN. Thank you for wanting to thank our amazing troops and veterans from all 5 military branches who serve all over the world keeping us safe and free .