Adopt a US Soldier
This project was started in 2004 by Ann Johnson from Englewood, Colorado, when her son, Paul, was first deployed to Iraq. No matter how many items she sent to him, she needed to send more because he shared everything with his unit. She then asked all her friends, co-workers and church members to help. They wound up sending nearly $3,000 worth of items such as snacks, hygiene products, and even three microwaves to his company. Soon, Johnson extended her support to other deployed service members. Today, the non-profit is active in 178 countries or territories, including Afghanistan, and has nearly 1.2 million supporters. It seeks volunteers to write letters to deployed soldiers or send care packages if they can afford them. “We’re here to help any way we can,” Johnson says. To learn more, go to adoptausolder.org.