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Minnesota National Guard
Governor Pawlenty declares October 26, 2009 as 'Day of the Deployed'

Governor Pawlenty has officially proclaimed October 26, 2009 as the Day of the Deployed The proclamation encourages Minnesotans "˜to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country and to honor our brave men and women in uniform' The Soldiers' Angels have come up with a list of ways that you can help deployed Service members

Help fill "˜First Response Backpacks' We have enough empty backpacks, but we need Angel Power to help fill them by sending supplies directly to the Combat Support Hospitals For complete directions, please email Roger at rgodskesen@Soldiersangelsorg with the subject line "BACKPACKS" Tell him what you can send and how many of each item and he'll tell you where to send it Items needed are:
- Sweatpants and Zippered Hooded Sweatshirts (L, XL - grey, black, dark blue)
- Lounge pants/sleep pants/pj bottoms (M, L, XL - any color or pattern)
- Plain T-shirts (M, L, XL - crew neck, any color)
- Men's Boxer briefs or Boxers (M, L, XL) Please do not send "briefs"
- Flip-flops to wear while showering (men's large sizes)
- Twin-sized fleece blankets (any color) or Blankets of Hope
Help fill "˜Personal Hygiene Kits'
These kits contain all of the following sealed in a single gallon-sized Ziploc This is a great project for a family, church, school or Scout activity! - Toothbrush
- Toothpaste (any size)
- Bar Soap or Body Wash (any size)
- Shampoo (any size)
- Dental floss
- Body Powder
- Body lotion (any size)
- Lip balm/chap stick
- Nail Clippers (large or small)
- Disposable razor
- Shaving cream (travel sized aerosol cans or tubes of shaving gel)
Some other ideas are:
- Invite local service members (active, guard, reserve, or retired) to speak at your class, school or university
- Soldiers' Angels Random Acts of Kindness Cards (Contact shellemichaels@ msncom)
- Organize a card signing to be sent to the troops
- Take a military family to lunch
- Babysit for a deployed heroes' family so the spouse can get away
- Invite local officials, distinguished military alumni, and veteran faculty members to speak
- Send notes and cards to hospitalized veterans or those living in veteran homes
- Create a large poster signed by all students - send to nearest VA medical center
- Schedule field trips to military points of interest, memorials & museums
- Feature stories by veterans in school publications
- School libraries can prepare lists of recommended military related reading material and present displays
- Ask local veterans service organizations to participate in school events
- Give tickets to families to an event
- Offer specials, incentives, and discounts to deployed heroes returned or going and their families
- Seek media recognition regarding- Let others know what you are doing

by Sgt Dajon Schafer,
Minn National Guard Public Affairs
October 26, 2009

Day of the Deployed Proclamation.pdf

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-Five things to know about a deployed Servicemember.pdf

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-How to show support this holiday season.pdf

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