It’s not just material items your sending to troops, no its much more. During one of my last deployments over Christmas, I had a Marine come from a family whose parents were dead and had no other family members. He had no one.
Christmas came around and I had an AnySoldier supporter send us some nice things. I took one and gave it to him. He looked at it, said thank you Sir and said this is the only thing I got for Christmas. His entire attitude changed because he said now I know someone outside the Marines actually cares about me.
Cigars. I love em. They are not only breakfast but a tool. I like to get them from supporters and visit the Marines. I can give them to devildogs and begin chatting with them. Asking them where they are from if I don’t already know how their family is doing etc. The cigars are a defense reducer that allows me to “get in” to talk to Marines as we share the tobacco. It allows me to use them as a leadership tool. So when you send cigars, you are doing much more than sending tobacco, you are sending growth for young warriors.