Today I‘m going to tell you about a great initiative from Cheerios that will allow you to support military families around the country. Cheerios has partnered with the USO to allow people like you to send cheer to military families with the Cheerios sendCheer campaign. This exciting campaign will be launching at Walmart stores next week.
The campaign is very simple and you can take part just by purchasing specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal. Printed on the inside of the box is a pre-addressed postcard that you can cut out and write a message of encouragement to a military family. Then you just put a stamp on the postcard and pop it in the mail. Once the postcards are received the USO will give them to military families on bases and in USO centers nationwide. See how easy that is?
Both my grandfather and my husband’s grandfather served in World War II. My grandfather enlisted in the Navy because he loved this country and wanted to make a difference. When he went off to war he left his parents and younger siblings behind to take care of the family farm without him. Growing up grandpa didn’t talk much about his time in the service but I know that it left a lasting effect on him. I also know that because he was away and unable to tend to the family farm, it put a heavy burden on his family back at home. I am not sure if my grandfather’s family had much support but I know that if they had, they would have been very grateful.
My husband’s grandfather also served in World War II. He too left his wife and young family to serve our country. My husband’s grandmother was a strong woman who managed to run the family’s dairy farm and take care of her home and several young children. I’m sure she would’ve welcomed any sort of support and encouragement with open arms.
Military personnel and their families are some of the most self-sacrificing people I can think of. Soldiers travel to wherever our government sends them and risk their lives everyday to protect our freedoms. Their families are left behind to try to maintain a normal life, all while knowing that their soldier may never return home. I can’t imagine how challenging it must be for military spouses to try to take care of everything – the house, the bills, the kids!
There are many ways you can support military families in your community. Perhaps you could offer to babysit one night a week so that the parent who is home can have a break. You could also offer to prepare a meal for a military family to give the “cook” a night off. If you personally know a soldier you could put together a nice care package and it send it to them. Many of these soldiers don’t have a lot of extra money and/or amenities that we take for granted here at home and I know it they would really appreciate it.
If you don’t know a soldier personally, or even if you do, you can help by participating in the Cheerios sendCheer campaign. For each postcard received, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO to help support programs for military families. Cheerios has already donated $150,000 and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received by November 30, 2012. If you visit Walmart next week, keep your eye out for the special Cheerios displays.
I am excited to be participating the Cheerios sendCheer campaign! Be sure to come back to my blog on Monday to read all about my experience.
This post has been compensated as part of a sponsored charitable opportunity for Collective Bias. Opinions are my own.