The Cradle of Aviation Museum and the U.S. Air Force’s local Freeport office are partnering together this holiday season by recognizing and showing gratitude and support for the sacrifice of local service members with military care packages. Between Veterans Day (November 11th) and December 13th, the museum will be collecting donations and hand-written cards from local families and museum visitors of much needed items for active troops that will be packaged and shipped out in time for the holidays.
Items to be collected include:
Sent to active military personnel, these care packages, bring small comforts to service members abroad, while a personal note or a child’s artwork give a care package a personal, thoughtful touch.
“These care packages mean the world to us when we are deployed. It is like opening a Christmas present whenever you get one and it really just makes your day. When I was in Afghanistan in 2016, I missed Christmas with my family, but got care packages from other organizations and it made being away that much easier. What the Cradle of Aviation is doing is just amazing, and will help our troops so much.” – Sgt. Tyler Monson, United States Air Force
“The Cradle is thrilled to be collaborating with the US Air Force in Freeport to celebrate Veterans Day beyond just one day! It’s important that while we all share memories with our loved ones – near, far, and maybe on Zoom this year – we also reflect, honor, and serve (as best we can) those who protect our families everyday overseas. We’re happy to share this opportunity with our community by collecting items our armed forces need during this holiday season.” – Catherine Gonzalez, director of education, Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center