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Newsletter Dec 2015

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Take a look at Support Military Spouses’ update highlighting the wonderful things that have been taking place.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to serving military families together with you in 2016!

December 2015 Newsletter


Seven Hundred Military Spouses & Children to Receive Christmas Care Packages

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Support Military Spouses to Make Special Deliveries Thursday, December 10th

WHO:            Media and special guests are invited to attend
WHAT:          Support Military Spouses Christmas Care Packages delivery party.
                      Jacksonville military spouses and children will receive a free Christmas Care Package.

WHEN:          Thursday, December 10th, 2015 9:30am-11:00am

WHERE:       Jacksonville, Conference Center, 800 New Bridge St. Jacksonville, NC 28540

WHY:  “Military spouses and their families sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy,” said Dr. Steven and
Diane Rumley, Co-founders, Support Military Spouses.  “By giving a
Christmas Care Package, we wish to say thank you on behalf of a grateful nation.”

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Aynor JROTC to Assemble Care Packages for Over Five Hundred Military Families

Monday, December 14th, 2015

WHO:  Support Military Spouses Hosts Blue Jacket Battalion, Aynor High School JROTC

WHAT: Aynor JROTC will be assisting Support Military Spouses to assemble Care Packages that will go to a military spouse this May for Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

 WHEN:  Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 6pm-9pm

WHERE:  1580 E Highway
Unit One
Longs, SC 29568

WHY:  Every single Care Package that is delivered must be carefully assembled and prepared for delivery.  Volunteers play a vital role in creating an encouraging an experience for a military spouse this May for Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

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Christmas Care Packages for Military Spouses & Children

Monday, December 14th, 2015

SMS Delivers Christmas Care Packages Smiles to 1200 Military Spouses & Children in Fayetteville, NC

The countless daily sacrifices that military spouses and their children make are often under-appreciated or overlooked.

One unique non-profit organization is doing all it can to rectify that oversight. On Friday, December 4th, at 9:30 am Support Military Spouses will be at the AIT Festival Hall to deliver over one thousand Christmas Care Packages for Military Spouses and Children.
Hundreds of volunteers throughout North and South Carolina assembled the Christmas Care Packages destined for military families in Fayetteville.

The assembly-line effort is part of the Appreciation Care Packages program organized by Support Military Spouses.

The program, whose main focus is on military spouses, is the only kind in the nation. Read More…


Support Military Spouses Featured on TODAY.com

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Support Military Spouses had the honor and privilege to be featured on TODAY.com. SMS was contacted by Terri Peters, a TODAY.com Contributor, in order to be interviewed to help provide more information on ways to help military families during their loved ones deployment. SMS is thrilled to be featured in such an empowering article and to be quoted alongside those that are currently a spouse, active duty, or are now a Veteran.

Diane Rumley, Co-Founder of Support Military Spouses, was quoted in two parts of the article, the quotes can be found in #3 and #5 of the article. The topic for #3 is “Be careful what you say.”
“It may seem obvious, but the number one complaint spouses have is to please not ask things such as, ‘Has your spouse been shot?’ or ‘Have they seen any action?’ The last thing the spouse wants to think about is combat,” said Rumley. “The second biggest complaint is when people ask, ‘Do you enjoy your husband being gone?’ or say, ‘You’re lucky to have that time away from him.’”

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Ronald McDonald Joins SMS Push Up Challenge

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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Like Ronald McDonald, Support Military Spouses wants you to join in and participate in the SMS Push Up Challenge. #PushUpsforSMS.

Support Military Spouses’ Push Up Challenge is a fun social media effort launched to raise money and awareness for the beneficial programs provided by SMS to the spouses of active duty military, all at no cost.

It’s simple to participate in the SMS Push Up Challenge:

  1. Accept The Push Up Challenge!

Then determine the amount of Push Ups you’re going to do, who you’re going to challenge, and the amount you’re going to donate to SMS for each Push Up.

  1. Capture it!

Have a video or photo taken of yourself completing the Push Up Challenge and then call out the other person(s) to participate in the challenge within 24 hours. Post your video/photo to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #PushUpsforSMS.

  1. Give!

Go to SupportMilitarySpouses.org to donate the amount that you pledged! Your donation helps us reach our goal to personally touch the lives of each military spouse in our country. We thank you!

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Life as a Military Spouse

Monday, September 14th, 2015

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For the past six years, I have been living the military life. I have supported my husband through six patrols, many times not hearing a word from him for several weeks at a time. I struggled a lot in the beginning. I felt empty, lonely and I missed him terribly. I forgot what he sounded like. I forgot what he smelled like and often times went into our closet to sniff his shirts. It was so hard to explain to my civilian friends what it was like to have your husband deployed. Holidays were an especially difficult time since i couldn’t possibly fly across the country for every event.

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SMS Launches Push Up Challenge Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

As everyone puts on their football jersey and cheers for their favorite team, Support Military Spouses wants you to join their team and participate in the SMS Push Up Challenge. #PushUpsforSMS.

Support Military Spouses is a Christian non-profit charity whose mission it is to help military wives and husbands as they shoulder the responsibility of family life. This is accomplished through SMS’ Care Package programs, Money Management Workshops, Job Skills Training and Military Spouse Job Fairs.

Support Military Spouses’ Push Up Challenge is a fun social media effort launched in September to raise money and awareness for the beneficial programs provided by SMS to the spouses of active duty military all at no cost.

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PCSing your Military Family

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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Moving in 3 Easy Steps–PCSing Your Family

Permanent Change of Station–PCSing

1. When packing make 3 piles; KEEP, GIVE AWAY, or THROW AWAY. Declutter now, if you haven’t used it in six months, chances are you won’t.

2. Use construction paper to color code boxes according to the room. Label main items in the box, that way you’ll know what to unpack first. When you move, tape the correct color paper to the door-frame of the right room. The boxes end up where they belong.

3. Pack bedding and kids’ favorite toys in car. You won’t have to dig in boxes to find them and everyone will sleep tight that first night in your new home.

P.S. Penkse, SMS’ Founding Partner, offers Military Discounts.


Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Support Military Spouses recognizes and applauds the undaunted courage of military wives and husbands as they shoulder the responsibility of family, employment, finances, wounded warrior care, and the honoring of fallen heroes.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day was first celebrated in 1984 when then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the observance to honor the contributions of military spouses. The military now sets aside the Friday before Mother’s Day each year to pay tribute to the spouses who play a vital role in the nation’s defense

Support Military Spouses uses Military Spouse Appreciation Day to honor military spouses by giving Shoebox Gifts, now known as Military Spouse Care Packages.  Now, thousands of spouses are receiving Care Packages from Support Military Spouses.

It is with tremendous appreciation that Support Military Spouses recognizes and honors military spouses throughout the year, but especially on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.


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