Crafting for Soldiers

Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and what better way to observe this day than by honoring some of our enlisted military personnel or veterans with a handwritten note or handcrafted item?

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude sends 100,000 care packages each year filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members, their children at home, veterans, wounded soldiers, and first responders. They are hoping to include one of these paracord survival bracelets in each care package–instructions are included on their web site here.


Operation Care Package

Operation Care Package is soliciting handmade items to send to the troops. This statement on their web site says it all: "Nothing brings a smile to a soldier's face like receiving something handmade from home!" Click here to find patterns and instructions for how to make neck gators, cool scarves, and Christmas stockings. They are also in need of handmade stocking caps, quilts, and fleece blankets.


Operation Sweetest Appreciation – Soldier Cookie Donation

I love that the Butter Maid Bakery in Ohio will send a box of delicious cookies to a soldier on your behalf. Visit their "gourmet care package" page here for more information.


As you're throwing your brats or veggie burgers on the grill this Memorial Day, take a few moments to reflect on what these soldiers have done for our country, and consider sharing a note or handmade item to show your appreciation!


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Debbie Blair is the senior editor of Jewelry Stringing magazine and related special issues. With a background in fine arts, she loves dabbling in polymer clay, paint, and resin to add a personal touch to her jewelry designs. She’s a foodie at heart and thinks summertime in Colorado is the next best thing to Heaven.