Last year in place of Christmas gifts, my wife and I sent packages to soldiers serving in Iraq using the AnySoldier program. We sent a package to one man and one woman stationed in the sandbox, who were requesting things that we could easily get our hands on. In response we got a very nice card from one of the recipients telling us how excited she was to see that she got a package, and how much she and her unit appreciated all the things we sent.
Guys, this is the one place that you can send a girl a T-Shirt, socks and a DVD for Xmas and she'll think it's the greatest thing she's ever seen. It's also a great way to provide gifts for kids on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan which the troops can then deliver, and will help win the PR battle on the ground to boot.
The Any soldier site goes to some lengths to make sure you know what's needed and requested, and they make it very hard for you to not get it right. It's a small thing for us, but it can mean a great deal to them. Take a look at the link and you'll see what I mean. They will also help you search by requester name, unit location, military branch and current deployment (within limits) if you wanted to be more specific about how your effort is spent.
I guess it's probably true that if you put it together right now, it might not be there in time for Christmas, but believe me, the folks on the ground will not mind one bit.
Also, for those of you who can provide greater hit rate (especially if you name sort of rhymes with "old egg"), I'd appreciate it if you could build a link back to the Any Soldier Site. They can use all the promotion they can get.
Thanks, and Merry Christmas