Saturday, December 11, 2010

For The Kids

It is two weeks until Christmas. With the economy the way it is, many parents are having a harder and harder time providing the necessities, much less providing presents to put under the tree.

Here are a couple of ways you can help, even if you, personally, do not celebrate Christmas. This is just a good time of year to share with those less fortunate. We have all heard about Toys for Tots (more on that below), but the Army and Air Force, along with some civilian organizations, have an answer to the Marines. It's pretty darn cool:

Neat, eh? The idea was conceived 12 years ago by Randy Oler to help out families in need, and to give paratroopers the opportunity to get their foreign wings (you can go watch these paratroopers jump). And, as this article highlights, these paratroopers get to opt for foreign jump wings (German or Irish this year).

Of course, Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Marine Corps (pronounced "core," in case Obama is reading this), has been operating for many years. The video below says it all:

And I just have to put this one up, too:

If you are able, and willing, please consider giving to one of these organizations this year. You don't need to buy a toy, if time and ability do not permit. They take monetary donations, too.

Brighten a child's Christmas this year, if you can. A little bit from you can go a long way for a child. Feel free to share your favorite organization for this time of year.

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