Our first service project of the school year is for Veteran’s Day. Because we are a military family, this is a holiday that is close to my heart.
We assembled hygiene kits and make thank you cards to be given to the VA hospital in Buffalo – on kit per girl. Several dentists in our local area donated toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, and floss. I bought the rest of the hygiene supplies either online or at Target. The girls took one of each and put them in a ziplock bag.
It’s worth asking local dentists or hotels for help. We asked two dentists local to us if they would help us, and they gave us all of the dental items on the list below. We also received soap from a hotel. The worst anyone is going to say is no. We only made 14 cards/kits, so it didn’t take a lot away from the businesses who helped. If you want to make a large number of kits, I would do a search online for companies that have them pre-assembled (for shelters and whatnot). It would probably be more cost effective than buying everything at local store.
Contents (most are travel-sized):
The girls also decorated cards I made (if I hadn’t pre-made the cards, it could have taken them over half our meeting time to draw pictures, write the greeting, etc…). I had initially intended to write “thank you for your service” inside the cards, but my husband didn’t like it saying it was too generic. Instead, he had me write, “we appreciate what you have done for us.”
I will take the cards and kits down to the VA hospital next week.
There are so many ways to volunteer to help veterans. If you have a military base near you, contact Family Readiness or Family Support (or its equivalent) for ideas. Same goes if there is a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Hospital or a Fisher House in your town. If there isn’t one there’s probably a VFW or an American Legion nearby.