Volunteers give back to service members this holiday season

By Norah Swanson

December 10, 2010

Nonprofits this holiday season are offering alternative gift-giving ideas that support the troops and give volunteers the opportunity to honor their loved ones.

"Men and women in uniform give to their country every single day," said Kate Kohler, former Army captain and chief operating officer for the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, a national nonprofit providing military families with financial literacy training, housing assistance and care for wounded service members. "We think an appropriate way to recognize them during the holidays is to give back."

Donors can honor friends or family members who serve by making a donation to the PenFed Foundation in their name. At PenFed, donors can choose the program they would like to support, from grants for first-time home buyers and money management training, to child care support for wounded service members and free lodging for soldiers being treated at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. The PenFed Foundation currently is working to build a $12.5 million dollar facility to house wounded service members as they undergo treatment at the hospital.

"Sometimes the best gift you can give is a helping hand," said Kohler.

Other nonprofits offering alternative gift-giving ideas include:

CORRECTION: The original version of the story omitted a word in the name of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation.


By Norah Swanson

December 10, 2010

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