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Going Green: Celebrate a Green Veterans Day

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Southwest LUVs its veterans—in fact, Southwest was recognized this week as a top military friendly employer by G.I. Jobs for the sixth consecutive year.  In honor of Veterans Day, we thought we’d share some green tips for giving back to our nation’s heroes.
  1. Donate your old cell phone.  Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts gently used cell phones to donate to soldiers, providing a cost-free communication to these active members and veterans.  You can also sell your iPhone for cash and receive a tax deduction.  Since 2004, the organization has recycled more than 10.8 billion cell phones, preventing more than 5 million pounds of waste from ending up in landfills.
  2. Donate gently used items.  There are several organizations that accept gently used goods, such as GIVE or Clothing Donations, which will even schedule a free pickup.  These organizations help veterans by reselling donated items and using the funds to support programs that address the needs of veterans.  You can donate most items, from clothing to books to housewares—just be sure to check the websites for more information and locations.
  3. Donate care package items.  Organizations such as Soldiers Angels create care packages for wounded, ill, and injured warriors, as well as deployed soldiers.  Travel size toiletries, small snacks, dry goods, and other miscellaneous items can all be donated to this cause and will prevent these items from filling up landfills.
Show some LUV for our veterans and our Earth by giving back to our heroes.  These are just a few ways you can give back—let us know if you know of other great options by commenting below!