Give Back Today!

by Susan Melnyk
contributing writer

Finding the time to reach out and support those around us during the holidays is the most universal holiday tradition. It is also a large part of what keeps our military community strong, no matter what we endure. Here are a few fun and simple ways for you and your family to get involved and give back to KMC this holiday season:

Cards For A Cause is the perfect opportunity for the crafty to get creative and give back to the wounded warriors in the KMC. Volunteers can attend the next card-making session from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Woodlawn Golf Course on Ramstein to make decorated cards and other small projects for wounded warriors to send out to family and friends over the holidays. A $5 fee is charged per person for materials and the event is open to all ID cardholders.

A second event will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14, when Cards For A Cause will assist the Ramstein Middle School National Junior Honor Society in making cards for wounded warriors. No preparation or experience is required and volunteers will be manning stamping stations during the event. For more information about either event, contact Phyllis Jachowski at

The Ramstein Red Cross needs volunteers for its Holiday Mail for Heroes program until Dec. 23. Volunteers will sort and screen cards sent from the public so they can be distributed to U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families. Simply stop by the Ramstein Red Cross office on the fourth floor of Bldg. 2118 on Ramstein between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to help out.

The Ramstein post offices need volunteers to sort mail and help at the parcel pick-up window during this busy time of year. The Ramstein Red Cross will be coordinating volunteers for both the north and south post offices. For details, call
480-2171 or 06371-47-2171.

The annual Holiday Toy Drive is being held by Army Community Service until
Dec. 12. Boxes have been placed throughout the KMC and each new, unwrapped toy donated will help to bring a little more joy to a child in the community. Contact ACS for information and head to the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center or your local toy store to find the perfect toy to donate today.

Project Rudolph is in full swing in the KMC but is still in need of handwritten letters for deploying, deployed and wounded service men and women. Join their Facebook page by searching “Project Rudolph Germany” or visit their website at to learn about the upcoming letter-writing events taking place in the area.

If you would like to help improve your community but can’t find the time to volunteer, the Combined Federal Campaign is the perfect solution.
By bringing charities together under one campaign, the charities are able to keep their administrative overhead low, with more of your money going directly to those in need.

More than 2,400 charities participated in this year’s campaign, making it possible for you to make a big impact with just a quick visit to the website at or by approaching the CFC representative in your unit.

Although the 2011 campaign is coming to a close on Dec. 2, there is still time to make a donation or set up monthly contributions.