Making Father’s Day Awesome When Dad is Far from Home #MissionCare

My daughter and husband shortly before he left for a deployment. He missed Father's Day among other special days.
My daughter and husband shortly before he left for a deployment. He missed Father’s Day among other special days.

Compensation for this post was provided by Dove Men+Care via MSB New Media.  All opinions expressed in this piece are my own.  

Let’s face it.  Military parents are bound to miss out on holiday or special day here and there.  When it comes to making sure that dad feels loved and appreciated across the miles, there can be a few extra steps you have to in order to make sure your celebration goes off with out a hitch!

Even though Dad’s away, you can still make Father’s Day special with a little planning, creativity, and the magic of technology…

Don’t procrastinate! 

If you’re mailing Dad a Father’s Day gift, build in enough transit time to make sure your gift arrives on time.  The USPS has an easy to follow guide for shipping via APO addresses…worth a read.

Okay, so you procrastinated. 

We’re all guilty of waiting to the last minute but that doesn’t mean that you’re sentenced to missing Dad’s special day altogether.  Enter the electronic giftcard!  Who doesn’t love a gift to cover a java habit, entertainment like eBooks and online streaming services, or some extra spending cash to a favorite store?  Check out Mashable.com’s 22+ Last Minute Gifts You Can Send By Email.

Make Dad a homemade gift 21st century-style. 

Move aside glue guns and glitter! Grab your digital camera or laptop and make Dad a one-of-a-kind video!  Maybe the kids can put together a stellar dance routine or you can do an “ode-to-dad” mockumentary.  Whatever it is, you can upload it and share it with Dad wherever he is!

Set up a special Father’s Day Virtual Date With Dad.

Thanks to great apps like Skype and Facetime, you can get some virtual one-on-one time to show Dad how much you care.  Have your kids share their artwork with Dad, tell him all about the last days of school, or sing him a song!

Dove Men+Care’s “Mission: Care” Brings Military Dads Home for Father’s Day

Ultimately, the best Father’s Day is the one where you can spend it lavishing Dad with love, hugs, and kisses…in person.  As much as we’re accustomed to spending special days far from the ones we love, we definitely know that having Daddy safe at home is the most amazing gift of all.  That’s why Dove Men+Care is partnering with Operation Homefront to bring 300 military Dads (and Moms) home to spend some quality time with their families through Mission: Care.

Just check out this touching reunion video…just grab a tissue first.  It gets me every time.

Leave A Message to the Troops via Mission: Care!

When you purchase Dove Men+Care products you’re helping bring troops home via Mission: Care. Dove Men+Care celebrates our servicemen who protect and care for their family, country, and home across the globe.

Giveaway: Win a Dove Men+Care Prize Pack for Dad!

What could be better than winning a prize pack just for Dad?

Leave a message  for the troops on the on Mission: Care page and then copy and paste your message in the comments section below to enter!  It’s that easy.

One winner will receive a Dove Men+Care prize pack valued at $20!

The fine print, of course:

This is a sweepstakes with no alternative cash value. The winner (1) will be randomly selected among all comments to win one prize pack from Dove Men+Care.  The prize is not transferable. Void where prohibited, no purchase is required and the winner must be at least 18 years old. Entry deadline is June 20, 2013 and 11:59 PST. A winner will be randomly selected using the comments on this page.

1 COMMENT

  1. THANK YOU for ALL of the sacrifices that you do for your families! Your work does NOT go unnoticed! We appreciate, support, and love y’all and pray that each and every single one of you makes it home SAFELY to your respective families! HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!!

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