N.C. Nonprofit Strives to Recognize and Applaud Military Spouses

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Currently, there are over 1 million active duty armed forces in the United States military, and approximately 400,000 serving on foreign soil. Support Military Spouses partners with the military to distribute shoebox gifts to spouses, most of whom are wives with children.

How to Help

Supporters of the cause can participate by preparing a shoebox with appropriate gifts, along with a $7.50 donation or more per box to help cover shipping and other project costs, and dropping them off at participating locations between Nov. 25 and Dec. 17.

This year, the program has been expanded to include drop-off sites in Apex, Cary, Fayetteville, Smithfield, Selma, Holly Springs, Lumberton, Sanford, Spring Lake, Hope Mills, Angier, Snow Hill, Kinston, Kenly and Wallace. For a list of specific collections sites, visit

Suggested gifts for military wives include a pocket-sized Bible, book of inspiration, lip gloss/balm, bath lotions/gel, body spray, note pads, journal, fragrance candles, scarf, jewelry, etc. Suggested gifts for military husbands include a pocket-sized Bible, book of inspiration, sports magazine, non-breakable mug, nail clippers, cookbook for grilling, deck of cards, gum, hard candy, note pads, pens, etc.

Monetary donations can be made online through a secure PayPal account at

Grateful Recipients

Theresa, a military spouse whose husband is at the end of a deployment, wrote: “Our soldiers go through so much and so many organizations think of them, but this is the first one that I’ve found that actively supports the spouses… Thank you to all of you, for your generosity of spirit, generosity of time and dedication to support those that are in direct line of supporting the soldiers and sacrificing right along with them.”

Pamela, another military spouse, said, “Thank you for what you do. The shoeboxes are a wonderful change in our lifestyle as military spouses. We spend many hours making sure our soldiers are taken care of and forget to take a minute for ourselves. These gifts are a wonderful reminder that we need to take care of us in order to take care of our soldiers and families.”

Shoeboxes for Military Spouses acknowledges the support of its sponsors: Fayetteville/Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, Chick-fil-A and Penske Truck Rental.

For more information, visit, call 919-274-7344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact: Diane Rumley


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