Adopt a Military Family in Need for Christmas
Thank Military Families Christmas Program, 2014
As our military men and women selflessly serve around the world this holiday season, many of their families here on the home front are struggling just to make ends meet while Dad or Mom is away. So, unfortunately their children wake up with little to no gifts on Christmas morning...as well as the pain of a parent being gone over the holidays.
Our 'Adopt a Family' Christmas program joins individuals, groups and businesses with military families in need. We work with with military families going through significant financial hardship and substantial challenges beyond their control. Most of the families approved for our program are in the midst of deployment over the holidays, but in certain cases we also help families of wounded veterans and other troops at home but in very difficult circumstances making it impossible to provide Christmas gifts for their children.
Approving families for our program involves a careful, thorough screening process. Among other requirements each family must have multiple references from respected sources such as superior officers, military chaplains, Family Readiness Group leaders, etc. Each reference fills out a form explaining why they believe the family is a good fit for our program. Families in the most need go to the top of our priority list.
From The Families...
"My husband is on his second Iraq tour and we couldn't be more honored. But we, once again, had to spend our Christmas fund on expenses and supplies for him to return to Iraq. It is a tough burden to have to tell your loved one, who is fighting in a war, that he can either call home every other day or pay for Christmas gifts for our kids. But Thank Military Families provided gifts and stockings for each of our kids as well as many other military families in need!"
-Brandee, Fort Bragg, NC
"I cannot begin to tell you how overwhelmed we are by the gifts we were given for our children. I didn't really know what to expect when I filled out the information you requested. Even a card would have been a welcome blessing. I can't describe how it felt when I opened the box and saw what was inside. This was far more than we ever expected. Thank you so much!"
-Stacy, Fort Hood, TX
"We were in the middle of being transferred and I was pained at the thought of our children having nothing to open on Christmas morning. But Thank Military Families sent us gifts for our kids and I could not thank them enough!"
Changes To Our Adopt a Family Program
For the 2014 holiday season we have changed over to a gift card donation program in an effort to have the time and manpower to match more families with sponsors and meet more needs among our nation's bravest. We are also unable to match sponsors and families based on location for these same reasons.
There are a number of organizations you can get involved in if you would still like to shop for gifts for a family in need or if you would like to search for a family in need in your area. Operation We Are Here has some fantastic resources listed on their site; almost every local chapter of Operation Homefront has a Christmas program; and our website will soon have links to various organizations helping military families this holiday season.
In addition to saving time and therefore being able to help more families this year, there are other benefits to doing gift cards.
1) More of each sponsor's funds can do directly to their adopted family instead of being spent on substantial shipping costs.
2) The parents in the adopted family can experience the enjoyment of being able to pick out their children's Christmas gifts and shop for them personally.
If you would like to be matched with a military family in need to send a gift card to for Christmas, please read the below info and then fill out the brief form.
Once you are matched with a family we will e-mail you the address, a photo and other pertinent family information so that you can learn about them. You will then send your gift card(s) directly to the family. The amount you spend is completely up to you but the number of children in the family should be considered when purchasing gift card(s).
-Because many of the families live on military installations or in areas where large shopping centers are limited, we recommend Wal-Mart and Target for gift card sources as these stores are typically found almost anywhere. But when you are assigned a family you will be provided with a list of national stores in their area.
-Don't forget to include your mailing address and/or e-mail address with the gift card(s) so the family can send you a thank you note after the holidays! If you would like to remain anonymous please let us know. We can have the thank you note mailed to us and forward it on to you if you prefer, but we need to know that this is your preference.
-We recommend shipping services such as Priority Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc. so that you can track your shipment and know when it arrives.
For questions please e-mail Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank you in advance for your patience as we are fielding a high volume of e-mails this time of year!
If you would like to adopt and send a gift card to a military family in need this Christmas, please click here and fill out our sponsorship form.
Words just cannot convey the gratitude these families have to know that a complete stranger truly values the sacrifices they make for our country, enough to make sure their children have gifts to open on Christmas morning. They will want to send a thank you to the people who adopted their family and touched their lives.
To learn more about the Thank Military Families Christmas program, check out this interview on KSDK. (Please note that our donation methods have changed since this interview.)