How to Get a Message to a Soldier

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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, 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. - donates a calling card to service members - a virtual thank you card - Army Emergency Relief - Navy Marine Relief Society - Air Force Aid Society - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance - Operation USO Care Package - Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services

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