Give2TheTroops Asks For Donations

With the holidays right around the corner Give2TheTroops is in crunch mode to make sure they get as many gifts out as possible.

The national organization ships care packages to soldiers deployed around the world spreading the holiday spirit. In October more than 25,000 gifts were sent out and just this week 150 more troops have requested holiday packages from the North Carolina branch in Greenville.

North Carolina branch director Barbara Whitehead says, "We want troops to feel that touch of home and that taste of home while they're away from family and friends so we are absolutely inundated with Christmas stockings trying to get it packed up to send to the troops."

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  • by G2TT Volunteer Location: Albany, Oregon on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    It isn't about handouts; many of the requests sent to G2TT are by one person who represents a unit of 5-800 troops. They are requesting needed items to share with their units, plus some troops do not receive any mail from home. As much as the donations of items and funds for shipping are needed it's the notes, cards, and letters of encouragement that brighten's their day the most. These people do a difficult and dangerous job day after very long day; a far from family and home. Is it to much to say "thank you"?
  • by Tired of handouts Location: greenville on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Instead of gifts for people who willingly signed up for a crappy job knowing that it wouldn't be a luxury vacation, give gifts instead to families HERE who cant afford to. Sorry but, if you sign up for the army, don't come complaining to me because you didnt get a St. Nick stocking. you knew when you signed up that it wasnt all roses and teddy bears.
  • by mom Location: Greenville on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    tax payer, you are a very sad person. Have you ever taken a look at the provisions our wonderful government gives our soldiers? Substandard housing, poor pay, poor health care. I don't want to stay in a VA hospital. Visit one and you'll see why. The Fort Hood psychiatrist is just one of the many (note I say many not all) VA health care providers who are there just because they can't get jobs elsewhere. You have the right to complain as much as you like, not because of our president or senators but because of these self sacrificing men and women in the military. They deserve the best we have to offer and if you don't want to give then keep your few precious dollars because in the end that is all you will have, a few precious dollars.
  • by Barbara Whitehead Location: greenville on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    Your tax money does not purchase socks, toothpaste, razors or other toiletries. Many troops have little or no access to a PX so if it doesn't arrive in a care package, they go without. Your tax dollars does not provide granola bars, coffee, or beef jerky to provide a break from the 2 MREs they get everyday. Your tax dollars does not provide paperback books, boardgames or footballs to provide some relaxation while sitting in a tent in the mountains of Afghanistan without Internet, phones or TV. Your tax dollars does not pay for messages of appreciation and support for their sacrifices and dedication. Your tax dollars does not even pay for their meals while on base back in the USA, as they have a meal allowance taken out of their pay. They even have to pay the majority of the costs of their uniforms. Fortunately there are hundreds of thousands of troops who are willing to make the sacrifice so people back at home can decide whether or not to provide support and encouragement.
  • by tax payer on Nov 16, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    Why do you need donations? Arent my tax dollars enough?
  • by mom on Nov 16, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    What kind of donations do they need? Anything specific?

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