My husband has been out of the military for almost 5 years now. Although it was hard being away from family and living in many different places, I am honored he served and count those times and memories as very close to my heart. We still have many friends serving their country all over the world. So, when I heard Cheerios and the USO were teaming up on a way to support our military families and show them we care, I was on board!
I’ve found in talking with people, it’s not that they don’t want to support their military, but instead they don’t know how. I’m excited to share with you a simple way to say to our military families “You matter!”.
As I said, Cheerios and the USO have partnered up. On specially marked boxes of Cheerios, you’ll see what’s called “Cheer” cards. Here’s an example of the card and the Cheerios box.
Two Ways to Help
You can simply cut out the card, write a greeting on the back and mail the pre-addressed card to the USO. The USO will deliver the Cheer postcard to military families. These specially marked boxes are only on shelves for the month of November 2011, so act quick.
In addition to offering these cards to be sent to military families, for each postcard received, Cheerios will make a donation to the USO, up to a total maximum donation of $250,000. They’ve already donated $150,000 to the USO and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received.
In other words, you can offer up “Cheer” to military families in two ways: by sending them a “Cheer” card and by adding to the donation amount for every card you send.
Why was this program created?
There are more than 1.4 million active duty members in the U.S. military, and they are supported by more than 3.6 million family members. More than 70 percent of married active duty service members have children. When troops are called on for active duty and when they are deployed, their family members called on to serve as well. Family members typically work double duty on the home front while supporting their loved ones who are away.
Cheerios created Cheer as a way for consumers to offer a personal show of support and encouragement to family members who work so hard while their family members serve our country. The program also raises funds to help the USO provide programs that entertain and boost the morale of our troops and their families.
Please Send At Least One Card
Let’s overwhelm Cheerios, the USO and military families with our support! Please at least go buy one box of the specially-marked Cheerios, cut out the “Cheer” card, write a personal note and get it in the mail. I have 5 Cheer cards and am getting the kids involved. Each member of my family will be sending one out.
Thank you to our military families for all you do!
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cheerios and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to post.