Operation Care Package

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- As the holiday season approaches and people gear-up to do their holiday shopping, often times servicemembers here and abroad come to mind.

In an effort to help those filled with the holiday gift-giving spirit, The Airmen and Family Readiness Center offers a number of Web sites and avenues that allow people to do just that.

"I work with Airmen preparing to deploy, families left behind, and also with people in the community who are looking for someone to send a package to," said Master Sgt. Karen Simpson, base readiness NCO. "We often receive phone calls from various community organizations such as scout troops or church groups wanting to give back to our Airmen. We help point them in the right direction."

Although, the AFRC cannot turn away a donation, there are some parameters they must follow when contacted.

"We cannot mail donations overseas or provide personal mailing addresses, however, there are sites available where people can send packages to our deployed servicemembers," she said.

Sergeant Simpson said her favorite Web site to send care packages to deployed Airmen is www.anyairman.com.

"I always direct people to this Web site for addresses of Airmen," she said. "I use www.anyairman.com both as a deployed Airman and also at home station. The site is so easy to use and is a great way as a deployer to let people wanting to help know what you need and also a great place to share your story."

Before sending a care package to servicemembers overseas, those donating should visit the Web sites recommendations on what, where and how to send a care package. Additionally, people are also encouraged to read the do's and don'ts of what to send.

Other suggested sites include: www.saluteheros.org and www.bluestarmoms.com.

Whether people are interested in sending a care package overseas or donating to Whiteman Airmen here at home this holiday season, they are encouraged to contact the AFRC at (660) 687-7132 for a list of ways to make a donation.