Walmart’s Holiday Salute to Military Families

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     What if all you wanted for Christmas couldn’t be delivered? What if the one thing wasn’t a thing at all but rather a person? What if you waited and hoped for days and for months that your single wish would come true but you knew in your heart it couldn’t? This is the reality for most military families. The one thing they want most is to be with the person who is deployed. They would give up the tree and the dinner with all the fixings. I would have to say they would give up anything and everything that has made our holiday special to just experience the joy of seeing someone special. 

     I was lucky my husband wasn’t deployed during the holidays except one time. We just celebrated early. We didn’t have children so the impact wasn’t as great. I just went home to my families. I did miss him but I understand how meaningful it was to him that I was strong for him. I did however spend a great deal of time helping the students in my class make cards and handmade gifts to send to their deployed parent. I knew that nothing could replace not having them during the holiday but making something truly special did help both the deployed soldier and their child feel better. I still to this day donate toys to the Marine toy drive and I pick at least one military family to send toys to their children. I know that being in the military is the hardest job there if and if you haven;t served or been married to someone in the service you have no idea what sacrifice means.
    Research shows that nearly 50 percent of our nation’s active duty military members are parents, and many spouses and children remain at home while a service member is deployed. Despite the courage and strength upheld by military families year-round, separation can be financially and emotionally exhausting, especially during the holidays.
     If you are looking for ways to give to the military this holiday season, Walmart is a great place to start. Join in our Holiday Salute to Military Families by checking out Fisher House and Operation Homefront.
     The “Holiday Salute to Military Families” hopes to ease these burdens with $2 million in grants for toys, meals and lodging assistance to those military families with the greatest need of support this year. The donation will also help hundreds of active duty service members come home for the holidays to be reunited with their loved ones.
     Please share this post or tag a military member that you are grateful for so you can give them and their family a fun holiday season.

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  1. Brandi Johnson says

    I am a Military spouse and my husband just came back. I think this is great because there are so many that need help out there.

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