Among the many sacrifices our troops make, being away from family during the holidays is near the top of the list. The USO understands this and is constantly working to make sure troops all over the world know how much their efforts are appreciated.
Here’s a brief (and far from all-inclusive) look at holiday events the USO held for troops and families in the last week:
[caption id=“attachment_8075” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] Holiday cheer in the desert. USO photo[/caption]
USO Bagram Duty Manager Michelle Turner, front bottom left and USO Forward Operating Base Fenty Duty Manager Jason Lewis, center right in red, helped troops deliver Christmas cheer to Forward Operating Base Torkham in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, with a little help from Molson Air.
[caption id=“attachment_8079” align=“aligncenter” width=“400”] Thanks to generous donations, military children in New England will get a few extra gifts this holiday season. USO photo by Sarah Kelley[/caption]
Instead of preselected gifts from anonymous donors, USO New England’s Little Elf pilot program allowed military families to shop for their gifts at Target. Each family was given a set amount to spend on their children, with USO staff and volunteers on hand to pay the bill with funds specifically donated for the endeavor and to wrap the gifts on site.
[caption id=“attachment_8076” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] Apparently, you’re never too old for a visit with Santa. USO photo[/caption]
[caption id=“attachment_8077” align=“aligncenter” width=“400”] A special guest at USO Fort Hood’s Story Time. USO photo[/caption]
USO Fort Hood’s Story Time went down a different path last week when children got a visit from Santa. The recurring event–held for children up to 4 years old–featured a reading of “Santa Bear” and the distribution of stockings filled with a USO teddy bear, a juice box and animal crackers.
[caption id=“attachment_8078” align=“aligncenter” width=“400”] Businesses and individuals from around the Washington, D.C., area pitched in big for USO Metro’s Project Elf. USO photo[/caption]
USO of Metropolitan Washington’s Project Elf brought hundreds of gifts to military children last week. USO Metro took toys and clothes purchased by donors for military kids in the local area, wrapped them and distributed them at Fort Meade, Md., and Fort Belvoir, Va.
–USO centers around the world are America’s way of supporting the troops. Show your support by making your year-end donation today here.