Support Red Fridays

Support Red Fridays

R.E.D. stands for REMEMBER EVERYONE DEPLOYED and is a modern version of supporting our service members who are deployed. The movement has garnered unwavering support in recent years. 

Origins | There are two stories regarding the beginnings of RED Friday. The first involves a chain email in 2006 encouraging people to wear a red article of clothing on Fridays and to forward the email on to their family and friends. The second traces origins to a Canadian campaign to rally citizens to wear red to support their soldiers deployed in Afghanistan for the Global War on Terrorism. 

How To | It’s as simple as it sounds, just wear red on Fridays. Your participation does not have to include any military-themed garments. You can work within your workplace guidelines - think a red tie, lapel pin, or appropriate work shirt. Recruit and rally your coworkers to show support for deployed troops. 

Showing Support | Wearing red will show support and spread the R.E.D. cause and purpose, but there are also more tangible ways to show your support through community volunteerism and donations. Here are some organizations you can help:

Soldier’s Angels is a charity devoted to giving to veterans, deployed and wounded troops, and family members. The volunteers at Soldier’s Angels create care packages, send cards, and supply grocery and gas money for family members in need. The group also partners with local VA Medical facilities to provide needed support to veterans. 

HeroBox curates care packages for those with specific needs and no support from their loved ones at home. Box contents are based on location, gender, and other needs. The charity has expanded to all 50 states, and is able to help tens of thousands of deployed troops. 

Operation Gratitude was begun by Carolyn Blashek when she met a struggling soldier who lost his family and was alone. From her living room, she started sending care packages to troops overseas. Now Operation Gratitude sends over 300,000 packages to new recruits, veterans, wounded heroes, deployed troops, and their families/caregivers. 

Remember The Mission | There are numerous ways to support deployed service members whether they are in combat zones or not. Start with wearing a red article of clothing on Fridays to create awareness, share articles like this one, and volunteering or donating to trusted veterans organizations in your area. 

 

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