Well it's that time of year again and I, honestly, have never thought about this because my husband is luckily attached to an aircraft carrier so if he's not in the helicopter or in a port, he can be found, most of the time, on the ship at night when he is deployed.
Now...there are many branches of the military and then all of the jobs within those branches...for example; SEAL's, Recon, and Rangers just to name a few. Being on the ground in the military in Afghanistan during the winter time is cold...you think the east coast is cold...try middle of the desert.
I grew up in Escondido, CA across the street from Director of Operations for Operation America Cares. There is a SLEW of people involved with this organization and they assemble, pack and ship care packages to our US Troops serving overseas. They are a volunteer run organization and are always in need of donated items (can be seen here). You can also find them on Facebook here.
They are truly amazing!!
HERE IS THE BIG PART!! IT IS GETTING REALLY REALLY COLD OVER THERE!!
They are starting to collect cold weather gear in black, camo and tan colors so it will blend in with their uniforms. Beanies and scarves...they need their fingers so thick mittens might not be great but maybe fingerless gloves? (contact them to be sure here). They are shipping ALL the time and winter lasts a while but the first shipment will be going out November 19th!
If you can help, please contact them!!