Memorial Day is a special day of remembrance and appreciation for all those servicemen and women who gave their lives in the line of duty to protect America. Yet it’s also important to remember those veterans who are still with us who need help.
Soldiers returning home from war often face challenges greater than the ones they met during their deployment. Sometimes even the smallest gestures can go a long way toward helping them feel appreciated.
In addition to those tokens of appreciation, there are other steps you can take to positively impact the lives of American veterans — and they might not be things you expect. Here are some ways you can give back to those who have given of themselves for our country this Memorial Day.
Our military provides soldiers with everything they need in the field, but the comforts of home often are hard to come by. Putting together care packages for troops currently deployed overseas can provide them with a little bit of home wherever they are.
You can give them hope by reminding them that they are appreciated by someone in the U.S. Simple items like books, candy or even basic toiletries like toothpaste can help troops feel more comfortable where they are and help them relax.
Organizing Fundraising Efforts
Donating to national veterans’ organizations across the country is a great way to support our veterans; but you also can help veterans in your own community directly through fundraising efforts.
Working with a local organization, you can hold a clothing drive, a food drive, or host a charity barbecue or other event that will support veterans in the community directly. A potluck or dinner can also be a great way to show your local veterans your appreciation for their service.
Volunteer for a Memorial Day Parade
If your community holds an annual Memorial Day parade or other events, volunteer to help and show veterans in your community that you support them. If your community doesn’t have a regular Memorial Day parade or other type of annual event to mark the occasion, consider starting one yourself.
Donate a Car to Veterans’ Charities
If you donate a car to veteran organizations, you not only rid yourself of an unwanted vehicle, but you also support charities that make a difference in the lives of veterans who need it. If you decide to donate a vehicle to support veterans, Veteran Car Donations can make the entire process easy and stress-free.
We will come to you and tow away your vehicle for free — even if it’s not running — and we’ll sell the vehicle at auction. The proceeds go to nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping veterans in your community and across the country.
Do you have an unwanted vehicle you’d like to donate to support veterans’ causes? Reach out to Veteran Car Donations today online or at 1-877-594-5822, and learn how we can help you help veterans through your donation.