Tony Award-winning Actress Idina Menzel Teams up with the USO to Make Moments for Troops and Military Families This Holiday Season and Give Back Through the USO Wishbook

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USO Wishbook Provides Donors an Alternative Way to Support Our Military, Just in Time for Holiday Giving

Idina Menzel visits with military families at a meet & greet during the 2014 Bloomingdale’s Holiday Concert & Window Unveiling in New York City on Nov. 24, 2014 .

“This time of year is complicated and can be hard when families are not able to be together,” said Menzel. “I recently had the chance to tell some military families how much I appreciate the sacrifices they make and...

This holiday season, Broadway superstar and Tony Award winning actress Idina Menzel is teaming up with the USO to tell Americans how they can give a gift that gives twice through the USO Wishbook, the alternative giving catalog designed to support our deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and caregivers, troops in transition and families of the fallen.

The actress recently spent time with military families at a special USO meet and greet during the 2014 Bloomingdale’s Holiday Concert & Window Unveiling in New York City. Her performance also included song selections from her new album, HOLIDAY WISHES. Menzel also expressed how important it is to bring joy to military families because she recognizes how difficult the holiday season can be when families are separated, and this is one of the reasons why she’s passionate about the USO Wishbook.

“This time of year is complicated and can be hard when families are not able to be together,” said Menzel. “I recently had the chance to tell some military families how much I appreciate the sacrifices they make, and the USO Wishbook is an affordable and powerful way for America to be able to do the same.”

With gifts to suit every budget, the USO Wishbook offers items priced from $15 up to $6,000 for extraordinary gifts, such as “Build a Bike for a Wounded Warrior.” For $25 or less, you can purchase a “Comfort Food Package” full of troops’ favorite salty snacks and other comforts of home, a “Growing Up Kit for Kids” to help a military child cope with the stresses of military life, or “Phone Calls Home” to provide a service man or woman with an opportunity to stay connected to loved ones, during deployment.

Visitors can go to USOwishbook.org and easily browse for gifts in three ways: by interest (deployed troops, military families or wounded warriors, by recipient (for him, for her, for kids, and for colleagues) and by price ranges. USO Wishbook provides an affordable and easy way to give unique gifts and say thank you to the troops this holiday season.

How it works:

  •     Log on to: http://www.USOwishbook.org
  •     Browse the catalog
  •     Select and purchase a gift
  •     Choose to send gift recipient an e-card informing them they have been honored with a USO gift
  •     Receive your receipt for tax-deductible donation to the USO

The USO Wishbook is the most comprehensive alternative giving website that solely supports U.S. troops and their families. The site features dozens of virtual gift items that give twice. Consumers can purchase a tax deductible gift for a loved one and the money goes to support our brave men and women in the military.

Idina Menzel recently released her first ever holiday album, HOLIDAY WISHES, which is currently in the Top 10 on the Billboard Charts and announced a global tour in 2015. For more information visit http://www.idinamenzel.com

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About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

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