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Help a Mom: Seeking ways grade schooler can support military

Posted August 6, 2013

Here's an email I received from a local mom: 

My rising first grader was recently inspired by the American Girl movie, "Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front," and wants to follow suit. [It's] the story of a little girl growing up during WWII, wanting to help the soldiers/families over in England. She was hands on in the movie, making "care packages."

As we live in such a heavy military populated state, what/where are some ideas in which a seven-year-old can help hands on, supporting our troops overseas? ... Any thoughts?

My first thought was the USO, which operates centers at Raleigh Durham International Airport, Fort Bragg and elsewhere around the state and world. The USO provides services in a variety of ways to our troops, including comfort stations at RDU and elsewhere where they can enjoy some food and other amenities as they travel. 

You can find a variety of ways to help out this great non-profit by clicking here (scroll down to see a wish list of items for its comfort centers).

But, as our reader suggests, I'm sure there are many other great groups out there that would welcome the donations of a seven-year-old. The family lives in Lillington, so this mom would love suggestions in the Fort Bragg and Lillington areas, especially.

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  • NiceNSmooth Aug 8, 2013

    there is a new army reserve center in Knightdale... contact them as I am sure they want to make their presance in the area known

  • ctrysun Aug 7, 2013

    There is a VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post on Main Street in Lillington. They do several Projects involving Veterans and active duty soldiers throughout the year. There is also a Post in Spring Lake. Contact the Commander of Lillington Post to find out what projects they are working on. His name is Delbert McCoy and he can be reached at 910-893-2042 or at the Post at 910-893-3706. Or contact the Ladies Auxiliary of Spring Lake. her name is Jennifer Alexander. Her number is 910-495-0545 or at the Post 910-497-2218. There are always projects going on that grade school students can get involved with. If you do not have any success, please feel free to contact me, Sandra Johnson-Leu. I am the Ladies Auxiliary District President and I will be happy to coordinate a project for this precious young man and maybe his classmates. My numbers are 919-553-0019 at home and my cell is 919-906-7592. We need more young people like this.

  • hockeygalnc Aug 7, 2013 is a non-profit organization that has one of their warehouses in NC (near Pittsboro I think) where you can collect items for care packages or for wounded service people who have been flown to Germany. Check out their wish list to see what items are needed for care packages. You can also sign up for one time care packages to send to whoever they give you. Or you can sign up to be an angel for the rest of someone's deployment. With this you have to send a letter a week and at least one care package a month.

  • cbray4 Aug 7, 2013

    Soldiers Angels is another organization you can join to send care packages overseas. Btw.. soldiers love home made cookies! It's heartwarming to know that kids would like to donate their time for a good cause!

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  • hsiflee Aug 6, 2013

    good grief...Can these moms do anything on their own? Google it for crying out loud!