CURRENT TROOP NEEDS – ADOPT A HERO and more
Updated January 2013
First let us wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2013…and let us thank you for coming here to see how you can share a bit of your heart and say thanks to our men and women in uniform and families …
Though the holidays are over, support is needed . Morale is low. If you see a soldier stateside helping anyone, offer a sandwich or hot chocolate and please thank them. Let them know ( and our 1st responders) how appreciated they are.
We need to get troops waiting for some support adopted or we will be having to personally send out care packages from our home. This support is necessary in the area of prevention…as morale is critical for our deployed servicemen and women.
TRAGIC FACT: Every 80 minutes, a veteran, including our active duty members, commits suicide.
We have received more than a few emails from troops who are down and sharing that their battle buddies are too with the recent attacks resulting in deaths and many critically wounded overseas.
How we began….
On 9-11, it was our 11 year anniversary as the Homefront Hugs concept was born on 9-11. We officially began on 10-11-2001 in honor of US Air Force veteran and pilot Steve Schmidt of Charlevoix,Michigan. He served our country in the first Gulf War when the support was not what it should have been for him or his family. His dedication and ability to perservere with the best attitude and smile through the toughest times makes him the epitome of a true warrior and hero. Despite his challenges in life, Steve is now a dedicated Delta Airlines pilot in Michigan who never forgot his humble American Indian roots and small but sparkling town of Charlevoix thanks to an amazing mother, Claire, may she rest in peace. Charlevoix’s humble beauty and American Indian heritage along Lake Michigan is one of those precious towns that belongs on everyone’s bucket list.
At Homefront Hugs, we send care packages out every month or more including preparing them for shipping, shopping for supplies requested and morale lifting items, and postage… if you can help us, let us know. What we need most right now are volunteers to adopt heroes…We send to both our wounded in over 8 hospitals and our deployed heroes wherever they serve but mainly to Afghanistan.We don’t need funds…we need volunteers from home !
We have heroes waiting to be individually adopted as they just deployed and we just got lists from commanders of names needing support !
Please consider adopting a soldier for a 6 month minimum and having an amazing experience and building that KARMA.
To adopt a soldier, please fill out this form below FIRST, then take a photo of your application or scan it into an email, or put all the answers in an email and send it to Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org or send it to the address on the bottom of the form. Please thank our troops with us! The need is urgent and if you cannot do this now,.hen please help us reach out to media of all kinds to spread the need so NO hero is forgotten this holiday season. It’s inexpensive, cheap, takes 2 hours tops every month ( and that includes going to the post office to mail your small package- always US postage funds) total to volunteer and will be the most rewarding experience for you and/or your family.
After 11 years of war, our families are weary and stressed and deserve as much thanks and support
We hope you are following us with our updates on Twitter @HomefrontHugs and on Facebook at Homefront Hugs USA.
KIDS and Teens
We wish all our awesome kids,teens and college students a super successful year at school and Happy New Year…We love our students who volunteer from home and many who even make Homefront Hugs their Tzedakah project for Bar Mitzvahs or count those volunteer hours for jobs and college…as we do write references after 6 months of volunteering…Mom,Dad or teachers just have to verify you did the volunteer hours.
Email info@HomefrontHugs.org for more info .
Hope you have visited our Kids and Teen page too!
ANOTHER HUGE NEED —> ADOPT A FAMILY
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…
Right now we have 4 families waiting including one expectant military Mommy in Germany ( again you only have US postage to worry about) with a toddler whose husband just deployed to the war from there for a long time.
To see what we place in care packages and how to send care packages safely:
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
We welcome homemade cards 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. If you can add humor or a little prayer or photo, it makes the cards so much more like a hug from home !
Just send them to:
1850 Brookfield Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Homefront Balloon Hugs makes a difference for our troops and Afghan children who need their help
Homefront Balloon Hugs and more
Morale is low over in the sandbox and mountains of Afghanistan.
Our troops spend so much time trying to find common bonds with their Afghan villages and families…many of them children. 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 war:
Precious Angels wait for a Hero to Pump up their Soccer Ball
packages of balloons
Beanie Babies (only animals please)
Hot Wheels gently used or new
New or Used Lego of any sort
Deflated Soccer Balls with pumps if possible
( www.soccer.com has wonderful cheap balls and pumps)
Our troops spend a lot of time with Afghan children for morale and to help improve their lives
Where to send these above items and any holiday cards ?
Homefront Hugs USA
1850 Brookfield Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
please include a note for the troops !
HINT: This is a great project for a family or classroom
The love of soccer is universal and helps form friendships and trust
Our heroes ask for so little and sacrifice so much for all of us
MORE NEEDS for our deployed and wounded heroes
- stamps, stamps, stamps for mailing care packages
- small travel games
- small scented candles to remind them of home
- Neosporin, waterproof bandages
- soft slippers of all sizes for our wounded heroes and socks with traction
- coffee/teas for our nurses and docs who care for our wounded
- blank cards for holidays and birthdays for children and spouses for our troops to send home
- playing cards, frisbees, footballs, and soft footballs for wounded
- handwarmers, footwarmers due to harsh winters
- iTunes Gift cards so troops can download music..super for morale
- harmonicas, musical instruments for morale
- BEEF JERKY and hot sauce of all kinds
- homebaked cookies and chocolate only from NOV to FEB 2013
- poker cards and travel games
- mag flashlights (especially the very small kind)
- U shaped neck pillows for travel for our deployed and wounded heroes
- Calendars for 2013 all types to send some hugs of home
- Soft cozy hand knit socks and scarves for our wounded troops
- hand made quilts and warm gloves and socks for sleeping in harsh winter
- We welcome NEW magazine subscriptions to our Homefront Hugs address below which we send on monthly to heroes:
- Readers Digest, Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Oprah, Ebony,
- Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Mens Health, Self, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, People, Maxim, Parenting, Family Circle, Real Simple, Cesars Way, Dog Sport, Car and Driver, Cat Fancy, Field and Stream, Hot Rod,
- Road and Track, Nascar Illustrated, Motorcyclist, Bow Hunter, Hot Bike,
- Time, Flying, Plane and Pilot, Air and Space , Country Gardens, Essence, Newsweek, US News, Latina
Homefront Hugs USA
1850 Brookfield Drive
Ann Arbor,MI 48103
THANK YOU FRIENDS as our heroes need us more than ever
giving their all for our safety and freedoms.
Feel free to use the PSA announcement below and any of our photos to help spread the needs especially as we need troops adopted so urgently.
SPECIAL PSA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MEDIA:
Our deployed troops and their brave military families need us more than ever as the war continues in Afghanistan especially with the holidays almost here. BE A HERO, ADOPT A HERO (TM) through WWW Homefront Hugs dot org or emailAdoptions@HomefrontHugs.org as hundreds hope and wait to be adopted who don’t have any support. Your country needs you. Please please help us make sure NO HERO IS FORGOTTEN. From our hearts to yours, thank you and Homefront Hugs to all.