An excellent website for Wiccans and pagans in general is http://paganwiccan.about.com/ by Patti Wigington. This is my "go-to" blog for either a quick reference, or in-depth reading. Patti has it well-organized and it is loaded with so much great information for pagans/wiccans. She always has up-to-the minute news, current events, and just about everything from A to Z involving the pagan world. Excellent site for the new pagan, and the long-time practitioner.
Yesterday (November 11th) was Veteran's Day and Patti wrote about spreading awareness concerning pagan troops serving our country. Operation Circle Care, run by Circle Sanctuary is putting together care packages for Wiccans and other Pagans on active duty in war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and to Germany, Korea, and to Navy ships. Patti placed this announcement from Circle Sanctuary on her site:
Here's How to Help:
(1) SEND CONTACTS: Send us names, postal addresses, and if known, email addresses, of deployed Pagan service members who would like to receive Yuletide packages. Pagan service members can submit their own names & contact information. Contact info received will be kept confidential for use by OCC only. Send contacts to the OCC Program Coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include full name and rank as well as an accurate APO/FPO address for each deployed military Pagan.
(2) DONATE ITEMS: Donate gift items that are small and easy to mail such as Pagan music CDs, incense, jewelry, Pagan calendars, books, and altar cloths. For more ideas on items to donate, visit the Operation Circle Care web page here. Please send your items to us by December 1 so that they are received in time to ship out in early December. Contact OCC coordinators for shipping options & addresses: email@example.com.
(3) DONATE FUNDS: Shipping costs for Operation Circle Care packages range from $10.70 to $12.50 each. Monetary donations are needed to help to cover postage costs, plus related OCC expenses, such as production of our Pagan military prayer cards that we send free of charge to Pagans on active duty and their families, both overseas and here in this country. To donate by credit card visit our secured on-line site: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/donate or call (608) 924-2216. Be sure to select "Operation Circle Care" when designating your donation. Funds are tax deductible in the USA. Or you can send a check or money order, payable to Circle Sanctuary - OCC to: Operation Circle Care, Circle Sanctuary, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA.
(4) TELL OTHERS: One of the MOST important things the Pagan community can do to support Operation Circle Care is to help us get the word out about this program. Please let others know about Operation Circle Care and our call for contacts, gift items, and donations -- forward this email to lists, blogs, websites, others; circulate widely the OCC website address: http://tiny.cc/operationcirclecare
For more information about OCC and other Circle Sanctuary Military Pagan Services: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/ministries/military/
Take a moment to consider pitching in to this request. And spread the word.