February, the month of love, is a wonderful time to remind those around you how much you care about them.
This month, however, can also be a challenging month for military families who are without their loved ones due to deployments or other military obligations.
We at Lucky Grooming think it’s really important to remind military families how much they are loved and appreciated. And one of the best ways we can do that is show our love to military families who are without their loved ones.
In the spirit of loving our troops and giving back, today, we’re sharing 5 ways you can show love to a military family this month, and the rest of the year!
Check it out…
Inviting a Military Family for Dinner/Bringing Them a Meal
When a member of a military family is deployed or away on other military business, it can easily make things more challenging for a family.
For instance, if a military family is comprised of a mom, dad, and two kids, and the mom is sent off on a mission, dad is left on his own to juggle all of the responsibilities of parenting, cleaning, carpooling, etc.
This can make cooking a nice meal every night of the week a challenge.
That’s why it’s a great idea to either invite a military family in your community over for dinner or bring them a meal.
Personally, we recommend inviting them over for dinner if you’re willing to host.
The reason: It can get lonely and isolating when your partner is gone. And with so many responsibilities to handle alone, time for socialization isn’t always a priority.
When you invite a family over to your home for dinner, not only are you taking the burden of having to cook a meal off that person’s plate, but you’re also giving him or her a golden opportunity to enjoy some time hanging out and having fun.
If you really want to go above and beyond, it would be a great surprise to send your guests home with a few simple freezer meals they can stash away for when things get busy.
The gift of a home-cooked meal is a gift that will make anyone feel appreciated and loved.
Plan a Girls/Guys Night Out
It’s really hard on military families when their loved ones are away for 6 months or a year at a time.
But, one way you can help take a person’s mind off of missing their spouse, significant other, or family member is by planning a girls or guys night out that he or she can look forward to.
This doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It can be as simple as hosting a card night with snacks.
Or, if you really want to go crazy and have the resources to do so, an overnight/weekend getaway is always a great idea.
And don’t forget the kids if the family you know has them.
A parent or family member being gone is just as hard on children as it is adults.
If you have similar-aged kids, think about hosting a movie night, sleepover party, or something else that’s age appropriate.
Help with Yard Work
Yard work is a big chore. And between mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, and weeding gardens, it’s a lot for just one person to handle.
If you know a military family who has one parent that is deployed or away, it would be a huge help to offer to pitch in with the yard work. After all, simply maintaining a home, going to work, caring for pets or children, etc. is a lot of work by itself.
Our suggestion is to get a group of people together--your friends, family members, or kids. Then, gather up all the yard equipment you have and pay your military neighbor a visit.
It’s a good idea to always ask before you start mowing lawns and cutting hedges as some people are very particular about their yard work. However, we have a good feeling that your neighbor will welcome your help with open arms.
Offer to Babysit for Families with Kids
As we mentioned earlier, running a household as a “single” parent is a big challenge.
Between cooking, cleaning, transporting kids to school/activities, and more, parents who are single-handedly running their family ship don’t get a lot of time to themselves.
Therefore, one of the best gifts you could give to a military family is a night off.
If you know the family well enough, offer to take their kids so either mom or dad can have an enjoyable night out and get some much needed “me time.”
If you don’t know the family well enough or don’t feel comfortable watching kids, you could also offer to pay for a babysitter that the family already uses and trusts.
Either way, you can show some love by giving someone a break they 100% deserve.
Send Handwritten Cards
Last, but certainly not least, it’s always a fun idea to send out cards to brighten someone’s day.
Just think about how happy you’d be to pull a nice card out of your mailbox instead of a bill!
Sending cards to those who need a little motivation or joy is a simple but very effective way to brighten someone’s day.
The best part...you can make a card for free as long as you have some paper and something to write with at home.
We promise that whatever you create doesn’t have to be fancy or elegant. The fact that you cared enough to write someone a note, draw a picture, etc. is always enough to put a smile on someone’s face.
It’s our hope that you can use these ideas to help support and spread love to military families in your life.
These families sacrifice so much so we can live happy, safe lives filled with opportunity, which is why it’s our mission to give back as well.
To learn more about our mission to give back, I encourage you to check out our commitment here.
Together we can make a huge difference in the lives of military families.
Be Bold. Give Thanks. And always remember how lucky you are.