This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and what’s next? How about Giving Tuesday? After a weekend of eating leftovers and waiting all night for new TVs and DVD players, taking an opportunity to show your thanks to others is an important part of celebrating the holiday season. With almost 50% of United States active duty military being parents, many spouses and children spend their holidays without their complete family as loved ones are deployed. Spending quality time with family (as awkward as it can be) is something many of us take for granted, while many military families share holidays through video calls, if at all.

Holiday shopping favorite Walmart’s “Holiday Salute to Military Families” initiative honors service members, veterans, and their families with $2 million in grants for toys, meals, and lodging assistance who need the support most. Better yet, these grants will also help active duty service members come home for the holidays, and build irreplaceable memories around the most wonderful time of the year. My father was a lifeguard who passed in the line of duty, so I understand how these families feel incomplete during such a loving season. It’s a difficult time to go through, and those moments are never the same.

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Fisher House and Operation Homefront are utilizing Walmart’s grants by providing comfort for our countries heroes, but they’re not the only ones. Spend Giving Tuesday with your family and Join in our Holiday Salute to Military Families by making gifts to show your appreciation those who keep and have kept our country safe.

Rudy and the Dodo
Rudy and the Dodo

Create a Paper Tree

Cutting complicated Christmas tree shapes can be hard for little ones, but these abstract and festive trees can be easily made with pre-cut strips of paper, and would look great on a card or poster.

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

Candy Cane Mice

These sweet treats will weasel their way into your heart. It’s easy to make these felt mice in bulk, and they also look great as ornaments.

Even Cleveland
Even Cleveland

Pasta Snowflakes

Simply glue your favorite pasta shapes together, give them a coat of white paint, and dust them with glitter. These also make cute coasters if you coat them in protecting shellac.

Bring your crafts to your local Veteran’s Affairs center, or visit Fisher House and Operation Homefront to find out how you can help.

 

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