The holidays are a time for merriment and celebration, but during the excitement, let’s not forget about our veterans and first responders. According to one survey, 1 in 5 veteran families lives paycheck to paycheck.

This means that during the holiday season, these families usually don’t have enough funds to spend on gifts or to prepare a grand feast, and are unable to participate in some holiday traditions that many Americans celebrate.

How can you help veteran families during the holidays? Here are three simple ways through which you can make a difference.

Adopt a Military Family

One way to help veterans make the most of the holiday festivities is by “adopting” a military family. There are several organizations that connect sponsors with veteran families. Sponsors can then find out what their assigned families want or need, and arrange holiday gifts for them based on that. This may include gift cards for items veteran families spend on frequently.

Think of this as a military family Secret Santa. Your “Santee” will be the assigned veteran family, and you can use the “wish list” they provide to purchase gift items they want or need for the holidays.

Shop for Gifts from Veteran Owned Businesses

Nearly 2.5 million small businesses in the US are owned and operated by veterans. Many of these businesses are the sole source of income for military families, and need all the support they can get.

As is the case with most small businesses, when you buy a product you’re doing more than just making a sale. You’re also appreciating the hard work that goes into the conceptualization, production, and packaging of the product, while helping out the small business owner financially.

This holiday season, turn to veteran owned small businesses when shopping for gifts. Buying a present from a veteran owned business will not only support their venture, but will also enable you to help the military family in a dignified way. Purchasing holiday gifts from veteran owned small businesses allows things to come full circle: you get to shop for gifts that give back.

gift items purchased from veteran owned businesses

Donate Essential Supplies

You can also donate supplies to military families, and turn this act of kindness into a holiday tradition. From grocery items, warm clothes and blankets for winter, and food gift cards, to corporate donations that can raise as much as $4,000 worth of supplies, everything counts. Your donation will help stabilize the lives of vets and their family members, providing them financial relief during a time they need it the most.

We Are One Inc. provides financial assistance to military families. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our military assistance programs and initiatives.