1. Although the time for sending Christmas cards may have already passed by the time you read this, you can still send an encouraging e-mail message to an active duty soldier. You can find the e-mail form here, http://action.uso.org/moments Sending a message takes less than 5 minutes.
2. If you will be doing any holiday sewing, Operation Care Package is trying to collect 10,000 home made Christmas stockings and other items like scarves and caps to send to our troops. You can find information and a pattern here. http://www.operationcarepackages.org/Christmas/OperationChristmasStocking.html
3. Operation Gratitude collects Paracord Survival bracelets for first responders and deployed troops throughout the year. If you would like to make some bracelets, more information and instructions can be found here. https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/how-to-make-a-paracord-survival-bracelet/
4. Your local Red Cross accepts cards for soldiers throughout the year. They accept cards for all holidays and for birthdays. Cards created by children are encouraged. For more information, contact your local Red Cross office.
5. You can even become a pen pal to a soldier! Read more here: http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/
6. You can post a Christmas Card, liked the one below, dedicated to our active duty military on your personal Facebook page, or tweet a Christmas message to our solders.