Cradle of Aviation Museum & U.S. Air Force Partner to Deliver Care Packages to the Military this Holiday Season

L to R: TSgt. Wesley Tefft, U.S. Air Force, Freeport, NY Recruiter  Andrew Parton, Cradle of Aviation Museum, SSgt. Tyler Monson, US Air Force, Freeport, NY Recruiter  Photo Credit: Rod Leonhard, Cradle of Aviation Museum

GARDEN CITY, NY, November 9, 2020 -The Cradle of Aviation Museum and the U.S. Air Force’s local Freeport office are partnering together this holiday season by recognizing and showing gratitude and support for the sacrifice of local service members with military care packages. Between Veterans Day (November 11th) and December 13th, the museum will be collecting donations and hand-written cards from local families and museum visitors of much needed items for active troops that will be packaged and shipped out in time for the holidays. 

Items to be collected include:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Candy 
  • Coffee
  • Beef Jerky
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Gum
  • Cookies
  • Foot Powder
  • Baby Powder
  • Protein Bars
  • Uno Cards
  • Playing Cards
  • Board Games

Sent to active military personnel, these care packages, bring small comforts to service members abroad, while a personal note or a child’s artwork give a care package a personal, thoughtful touch.  

“These care packages mean the world to us when we are deployed. It is like opening a Christmas present whenever you get one and it really just makes your day. When I was in Afghanistan in 2016, I missed Christmas with my family, but got care packages from other organizations and it made being away that much easier.  What the Cradle of Aviation is doing is just amazing, and will help our troops so much.” – Sgt. Tyler Monson, United States Air Force 

 “The Cradle is thrilled to be collaborating with the US Air Force in Freeport to celebrate Veterans Day beyond just one day! It’s important that while we all share memories with our loved ones – near, far, and maybe on Zoom this year – we also reflect, honor, and serve (as best we can) those who protect our families everyday overseas. We’re happy to share this opportunity with our community by collecting items our armed forces need during this holiday season.” – Catherine Gonzalez, Director of Education, Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center 

The Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater.  The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in Garden City.  Call (516) 572-4111 or visit