This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Folger Coffee Company. The opinions and text are all mine.
My grandpa has been gone since 2003 and I was upset that I was unable to go to his funeral. At the time, I lived in North Carolina and didn’t have the resources to come home for the funeral. It is something that I have often thought about over the years because he always told great stories. My grandpa was a Veteran and served in World War II. I often think back to our conversations that we had when I was a teenager and wish that I would have taken the time to learn more about him. I admire him for serving in the United States military. Not only was my grandfather a Veteran but he also took the time to help my grandmother with her in-home daycare business.
I love that my grandfather also helped influence other people’s children too. Do you know a Veteran or someone serving in the military? Today, I wanted to share with you some easy ways to thank a Veteran.
Share A Cup of Coffee with a Veteran
Folgers coffee and Walmart wants to challenge everyone to pick up their favorite flavor of Folgers coffee from Walmart and “Share a cup & a Story” with a Veteran. Most people tend to skip over Veteran’s day and tend to get carried away with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, parties, etc. So on November 11th, invite a Veteran over to your house for a cup of coffee and spend some quality time learning about their service in the United States Military and listen to their story. Learn more about their program here: Share Folgers.
Invite a Veteran Over to Spend Time with Your Family over the Holidays
Veteran’s don’t always have family nearby to participate in holiday gatherings and it can be a lonely time for them. If you know of a Veteran who doesn’t have family nearby, you can take the time to invite them to spend time with your family during the holidays.
Send Them Cards on a Regular Basis
Greeting cards are inexpensive and it is such an easy way to bring a smile to a Veteran’s face. Get a group of your friends together and challenge them to adopt a Veteran. Then each month throughout the year, send your adopted Veteran a card to let them know that you are thinking about them.
Get a Group of People Together and Do Yard Work
Caring for a yard can be a huge chore for elderly or disabled Veterans. Most of them are on a fixed income and can’t afford to pay for yard service or to have their flower beds cleaned up or pruned on a regular basis. Gather up a group of your friends and family members and get a list of Veterans in your area from people that you know. Depending on privacy laws, you might be able to get a list of Veterans from the USO or other military organizations. Don’t forget to take care of any wives who had to stay home while their husband is deployed.
Donate Expired Coupons
Did you know that Veterans and other military members can benefit from expired coupons? Military personnel and their family members are allowed to use expired coupons at the commissary. So gather up old coupon inserts and send them to a base in your area. Coupons often allow Veterans and military families to be able to stretch their budget so that they can afford to do something special with their family.
Send a Care Package
This is a popular project and it is something that you could easily do with a group of friends. Here are some popular items that Veterans or soldiers can use in their field:
- personal care items
- baby wipes
- powered drink mixes
- dried fruit
- protein bars
- card games
- writing materials
- notes thanking them for their service
- peanut butter
- instant Folgers coffee
Always check with your local post office if you are mailing items overseas to the troops. Depending on the location of the troops, there could be restrictions on things that they are allowed to receive.
Pay for a Meal
Next time you see a Veteran and their family out for dinner, you can pay for their meal and thank them for their service. Also, you can purchase a gift card and give it to a family. If you personally, can’t afford $100 or more, you can take up a collection with your friends and you can collaboratively pay for their meal.
Veterans and their families often go without the recognition that they truly deserve. Most Veterans and their families often receive discounts for meals, admission to attractions, etc, but there is so much more that everyone can do to thank a Veteran all year long. Veterans Day is November 11th, and Folgers wants to challenge you to do more in your community. Stop by Walmart today and pick up your favorite flavor of Folger’s coffee.
What is your favorite way to thank a Veteran for their service?