How to Get a Message to a Soldier

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

It's not so easy to send care packages to soldiers fighting overseas during this war.

For security reasons, the Department of Defense has canceled some programs allowing people to send packages and letters to just any soldier abroad. However, there are many ways people can get messages to the troops.

Wal-Mart stores have set up kiosks that allow people to email a pre-written message to one of the armed forces. People can also log on to www.operationdearabby.net, and send emails to soldiers.

People can also support troops by wearing yellow ribbons. Rep. Mike Rogers is offering ribbons to people who visit his office at:
1327 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, Michigan

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Trinity United Methodist Church is collecting names and photographs of local military members to put on a "Wall of Prayer". Representatives there say they're hoping to have people adopt soldiers and pray for them. Church members say they're also planning to contact some of the soldiers and send out care packages to them each week.

Other ways to support troops include logging on to various Web sites that allow for donations.

www.operationuplink.org - donates a calling card to service members
www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html - a virtual thank you card
www.aerhq.org - Army Emergency Relief
www.nmcrs.org - Navy Marine Relief Society
www.afas.org - Air Force Aid Society
www.cgmahq.org - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
www.usometrodc.org/care.html - Operation USO Care Package
www.redcross.org/services/afes - Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services

Check out what WILX has organized to help make donating easier!


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