Send Some Cheer During Christmas This Year: Support the USO through the Cheerios Cheer Campaign

My daughter and I celebrating an early Christmas when my husband was deployed in Iraq.

Alas, my favorite time of the year is building up and the holiday music, decorations and upcoming Thanksgiving feast are really getting me in the mood. Next weekend we will put up our Christmas Tree, decorate the house and really kick things into high gear as we get ready to celebrate the holidays. Yet I vividly remember the feeling three years ago when my daughter and I celebrated the holidays without my husband home and there are military families all over the country this year that are in that same boat.

Although military families need some support and “cheer” all through the year, it can  be especially hard during this time of year that focuses so much on family. Why not get your family in the giving spirit and send some cheer to a military family this holiday season?

During the months of October and November, 2011, specially-marked boxes of Cheerios cereal will feature Cheer postcards on the front of the box. You and your kids can simply cut out the postcard, write a message of thanks (and a drawing if inspired!) on the back, add a stamp, and mail the pre-addressed card to the USO. The USO will then deliver the Cheer card to military families across the country.

Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO for each Cheer postcard from specially marked packages received by November 30, 2012. As part of the Cheer Program, Cheerios has already donated $150,000 to the USO, and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received. So, personal participation plays a big role in helping the program reach its goal.

So not only can you support these families by brightening their day with a postcard, you are also helping to donate money to the USO for each card that is sent up to $100,000. For those of you who may not know, the USO is a non-profit organization that helps soldier’s and their families find a “home away from home” through programs, entertainment, support and other activities. Soldiers and families benefit from their services on a regular basis and the Cheerios Cheer program is a perfect fit with the USO’s mission to boost the morale of soldiers and their families. Although they will be accepting postcards through next November (2012) the specially marked Cheer postcard cereal boxes are only available through the end of this month (2011) so stock up!

For additional information visit the Cheerios website ( to learn more about the program and the USO.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cheerios and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to post.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. I love this idea! What a great way to “reuse” the cereal box :)

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