With over 200,000 active military personnel deployed each year around the world, many families of deployed active service members find it the hardest during the holiday season. Life can get chaotic, and with a part of their family in another place, it can certainly be difficult to take care of the family while simultaneously preparing for the holidays.
That's where you come in, super friend/neighbor/coworker/relative. It's your turn to help a friend in need. We were inspired by Starbucks and their support of deployed service member families. Every little thing counts, and with that, we present to you a list of simple and heartwarming ways to support a family of a deployed service member.
1. Share a meal.
If they are too busy to drop by on such short notice, pack in up and drop it off or plan the meal a few days in advance.
2. Run some errands.
Running errands are sometimes a pain-in-the-butt, but they have to get done! Ask your friend if they need anything picked up from the grocery store while you are out. They will be grateful you asked.
3. Order a pizza.
Surprise your friend with a pizza delivery. Ask your friend if they've prepared dinner yet for the family. If the answer is no, order a large pie from your favorite pizza place and have it delivered right to their door.
Or even better-make your own and deliver it personally.
4. Share a cup of coffee.
And don't feel like you need to go to the coffee shop for this. Simply invite them over and whip up a batch of Copy-Cat Pecan Maple Lattes.
5. Treat them to dinner.
Drop the dishes and take your friend and their family out to dinner. Find out what restaurant is their favorite and treat them to a night out. Be sure to hire a babysitter if you want it to be kids-free night out.
6. Bake a casserole.
Nothing heals the heart more than a piping hot casserole. As simple as it may seem, baking a casserole is just what your friend needs.
7. Write a card.
There's always something so special about getting cards in the mail (especially since everything has gone totally digital). Pick up a card, or even make one yourself, and let your friend know you are thinking of them.
8. Bake it out.
9. Build a deployment box.
Help your friend make a deployment box for their significant other. Filled with their favorite treats, snacks, and even some homemade goodies like pumpkin spice cookies, peanut butter fudge, and soft caramels.
Decorate the box with a theme to make it fun to open, and to be the most helpful, you can even offer to drop it off at the post office yourself so your friend or family member doesn't have to worry about an extra errand.
10. Build a spouse box.
While making a deployment box, prepare a separate one for the spouse at home. Fill it with their favorite things and even add in some soothing items like candles and incense to bring a relaxing vibe to the house.