We started out sending care packages to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in January of 2005. Our small group of ladies in the Dallas area has grown to about 50 active members (all unpaid volunteers), and we continue to get requests from our soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Mideast.
We receive donated goods and financial donations from our supporters all across the USA. Every gift is greatly appreciated by us and by the soldiers overseas. Our care packages are sent year round to soldiers from all 50 states in all branches of the military. We try to concentrate our efforts on troops on the frontlines and in remote areas.
We always have more requests than we can supply. Even the simplest items (lip balm, suntan lotion, batteries, coffee, deodorant, air fresheners, snacks, candy, etc.) really brighten the lives of the soldiers, and give them a little reminder of love and support from home. But just as remarkable is to find so many American soldiers requesting items (school supplies, toys, shoes, first aid supplies, candy, clothing, etc.) they can give to the local kids and families and community organizations (schools, etc.) in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We shipped about 3,000 cartons of donated goods in 2009 and funding for postage has always been our greatest need. Some of the items shipped in 2009 include 5,000 lip balm, 10,000 phone cards, 26,000 Girl Scout Cookie boxes, 18,000+ candy bars, 1,000 cool ties, 200 sheet sets, etc. Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas (a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity) welcomes any inquiries of support for the troops. How can you help send care packages to the soldiers? 1) Donate Financially - Our greatest needis usually cash to pay for the mailing costs of care packages, and also to buy items for our soldiers. We are registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity, so your qualifying gifts are tax deductible. We can accept checks made payable to Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, Texas 75011 USA.
Or you can donate to our account via credit card. 2) Donate Goods - Many companies and civic groups host their own care package packing parties in which we assist. Individuals and companies also donate goods for our soldiers. Because our goods are warehoused in our homes and in various donated office and warehouse spaces in the Dallas, Texas area, we kindly request that you contact us before sending any goods.