The winter holidays are a busy time for most, but military communities afford additional opportunities to spread cheer for deployed servicemembers and military Families who may find themselves far from their hometowns and extended Families.

The following are ways the Fort Bragg community can make the season a bit more merry:

Care Packages:

Those wanting to send care packages, cards and letters to deployed U.S. military personnel can do so by identifying troops through units, Family and friends or partnering with America Supports You homefront groups. To view of a list of organizations that support military personnel and their Families, visit the America Supports You website.

For safety and security reasons, individuals can no longer ship packages addressed to “Any Soldier” or an entire installation, per information posted by the Department of Defense.

However, through the Any Soldier website, individuals can select and support a military servicemember of their choice under the “Where To Send” page. A list of items recommended against being sent can be found here.

Fort Bragg events:

During the holidays here at Fort Bragg, military personnel and their Family members can take advantage of USO of North Carolina services and activities, including visiting the installation center at the Soldier Support Center which will be open with the exception of the weekends, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Troops and Families can make free phone calls, enjoy snacks, the Lenovo Tech Lab and coffee all day.

Fort Bragg’s annual Family of the Year ceremony and holiday tree lighting will take place Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The USO Show Troupe will perform at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 9 and Miss North Carolina will make an appearance.

Trees for Troops at Smith Lake Recreation Area, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. until all 800 trees have been distributed.

The Fort Bragg Garrison Chaplains Office holiday food gift card program and Army Emergency Relief are available. Contact the Garrison Chaplain’s Office at 396-1121.

Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation events/

activities:

Turkey Giveaway to junior enlisted Families, check www.fortbraggmwr.com.

Thanksgiving Day feast at the Fort Bragg Club, today.

The Holiday Hearts gift program for children of military parents suffering financial hardship will take place in December; the Trees for Troops giveaway is set for Dec. 6, and the annual holiday tree lighting event will take place Dec. 9 at the Main Post Parade Field.

Commissaries and Post Exchanges: North and South Post Commissaries will be closed today. Both stores will be open tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both stores are open for early- bird shopping from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

North and South Post Exchanges will be closed today. Both stores will be open tomorrow, from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Today is the observed Federal holiday and tomorrow will be recognized by most units on Fort Bragg as a training holiday.

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