Last week, we posted a story sent in from a solider stationed in Afghanistan about his wonderful, DIY coffee set-up on base. His story truly inspired many of you to donate to our troops overseas and the question was asked, “How can we donate coffee to the troops?”
First, you all have huge hearts! Thank you for being so enthusiastic about donating!
Second, there are a lot of options on how to donate, but none are quite as simple as just sending a bag of coffee, unless you know someone personally. There are a lot of rules and procedures on how to donate to members of the Military and the last thing we (or anyone else) want to do is get someone in trouble. We’re not even able to send coffee directly to bases – we work with a network of non-profits who specialize in doing just that. In the end, we’re experts in coffee; they’re experts in logistics – and kindness, in this blogger’s humble opinion.
Here is a list of organizations that we or our employees work with to support members of the Military and their families.
- Holy Joe’s Café: A non-profit that provides coffee in a café setting at bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can find them on Facebook, too.
- Pease Greeters or their affiliates: A group who welcomes troops passing through Pease International Airport on their way to, or from, Afghanistan or Iraq, or any other areas of conflict in any part of the world. Pease Greeters also has a localized donation drop off for care packages here.
- Fisher House: Foundation that provides a home away from home for Military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.
- USO: USO aims to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families wherever they may be. From Operation Care Package to Wounded Warriors, there are many ways to contribute. You can also find them on Facebook.
- Local National Guard Unit or Military Base: Many units have a foundation arm that welcomes donations. Through our Vermont National Guard and Holy Joe’s, GMCR was able to coordinate the delivery of coffee to our Green Mountain Boys in Afghanistan. Thankfully, they’re home now.
- Individual servicemen and women: If you know of a soldier overseas, see if you can get their base shipping address and send them a care package of coffee personally. As a GMCR employee, we get 2 lbs of coffee a week for free and there are many that send this coffee to loved ones overseas. We know a simple thing like coffee can mean a lot when you’re far away from home.
The thing to remember with any of these organizations is to contact or research them to know what their need is. They may need coffee and a bag or box would do just fine, but there’s also a chance they’re in greater need of financial support for shipping supplies or logistics.
Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness. Our thoughts are acutely with our servicemen and women and their families this time of year.