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Old 01-20-2007, 11:31 AM
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Default For military families

I have found several organizations that can help military families in need of something a little extra. My favorite, and the one that I also volunteer with every week is M.O.M.- Military Outreach Ministries. I am not sure about the East Coast, but they work wonders in California, specifically Camp Pendleton (although I know that they have other locations as well). They have a warehouse where they have food distributions at once a month, they also have them a second time every month at 2 different community centers on base. At the warehouse they also have furniture, linens, other household items, and layettes for expecting parents. They do bread giveaways on every Tuesday that they do not do one of the food giveaways (which they usually have bread at as well, dried, canned, fresh fruits and vegetables, desserts, etc) They do a tremendous job during the holidays. They have huge Thanksgiving and Christmas giveaways. This year, at the Christmas one, besides clothing, toys, household items, Christmas decorations, and misc items, they gave away over $65,000 worth of gift certificates. They are completely non-profit, everyone that works for them does it on a volunteer basis, and they are a fantastic group of people. All free of charge.

I have also found the ASYMCA, Homefront San Diego, Operation Homefront, and the Western Eagle Foundation, although they do not provide as huge of a service as M.O.M. does, they do provide help.

ASYMCA does holiday giveaways, as well as other services.

Homefront San Diego teamed with M.O.M. during this holiday season, but they provide help with bills, furniture, clothing, car repairs, etc. as well. These are not loans, you never have to pay back for financial help. Grant and donation based.

Operation Homefront does pretty much the same as Homefront San Diego, except for the fact that they have a ghastly form to fill out with all your bills, SSN, Command info and everything to fill out.

Western Eagle Foundation is actually not just for the military, but they are a foundation based on former military. They provide food boxes to feed a family of 4 or 5 for a week. Millk, cheese, meat, fresh fruits/vegetable, bread, canned and dry goods for only $20 a box, you do not have to meet any income guidelines, as there is no paperwork, and you can get as many boxes as you want/need. They also have a warehouse where you can get hugely discounted Ikea furniture. I believe that they take off extra for military.

I know there are others, I just can't recall names right now. These ones are in addition to the military command based help that there are on all of the bases. Chaplains, etc.
Julie Hankerson
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