Military Bear Project
For the seventh year, we are offering our guests the opportunity to participate in our heartwarming Military Bear Project! To brighten the life of a TAPS child, a cuddly teddy bear will be given to a TAPS child in your name with a personal note you have written to your child accompanying your gift. These bears are dressed in the uniform of the military branch of the child’s lost loved one. $100 donation requested.
Many of our performing celebrities bring their CDs to sell and donate all the sales proceeds to TAPS. Enjoy listening to your favorite artist while helping a great cause. $20 donation requested.
AFGHAN HOPE Bracelets
Afghanistan to America – Women to Women
Building Bridges and Finding Hope
Behind the headlines, away from the politics, inside the battle, alone on the homefront, women in both America and in Afghanistan are grieving the death of their loved ones – their sons, their brothers, their husbands. TAPS is building a bridge between these two distant worlds through the international language of comfort and compassion.
A group of women in America sat around a circle grieving their heroes, fallen on the battlefield, searching for meaning in their loved one’s life and service – and struggling to cope with their tragic death.
On the other side of the world, a group of women huddled together in Kabul, grieving their losses and hanging onto hope, unable to feed their families or warm their homes. But they still held to the dream of doing the one thing they could do - create beauty in the midst of chaos by making jewelry from their native precious Lapis Lazuli stones. They didn’t have food or heat or electricity, but they had a vision that they could somehow make a difference in the world. In their hearts, they believed in a future and they had dreams.
These women reached out to each other across the miles, in their sorrow, and built a bridge of hope and healing.
Join with us by buying and wearing our bracelet, made in Kabul and sent with care and hope to TAPS; then wrapped with love and gratitude in America by the families of our fallen heroes and presented to you. $20 donation requested.
TAPS Baghdad Bracelets
When Bonnie Carroll served in Baghdad, Iraq, she was moved by the Iraqi women and their overwhelming appreciation for the sacrifice of the Americans serving there. It was common for many of the Iraqi women to give away jewelry to their friends, and they often wore many of these beautiful beaded bracelets for just this opportunity. A limited number of these bracelets are available, which make very special gifts. Help support TAPS by buying them to wear and, in the tradition of the Iraqi women, to share. $20 donation requested.
This fictional story was written for TAPS in honor of all of America’s beloved fallen heroes, but it is based on a real horse that serves in the Caisson Platoon at Arlington National Cemetery.
A tale of honor and hope, this beautifully illustrated, full color, hardback children's book tells the story of a young horse dreaming of fame as a racehorse. But his life is disrupted when he must leave his parents and start a new life. Faced with difficulty and disappointment, Klinger’s dream of significance seems unattainable. He then discovers that fame is not necessary, as he finds fulfillment in honoring fallen heroes and bringing comfort to their families. This makes a perfect gift for the children in your lives or for anyone who loves an uplifting story. $20 donation requested.