Since this may have been lost in the shuffle, here's a repeat and clarification of an earlier post on charities, courtesy Blizzardlane and others.
"If you're like me and buy books, read them and then one day turn around and say, "Didn't I used to have a bedroom where this book-storage room used to be?" Go here and get to boxing them up. One of my friends who did a swing through Iraq and Kuwait said the downtime is the worst, and every book that anyone receives from home gets passed to dozens of people."
Heifer International (www.heifer.org)
"If you're conflicted about the war, go here. I've worked with these people in the past and I cannot say enough good about Heifer. Every year I give a basket of chicks or bunnies or bees -- one year a calf together with my friends! Read what they do. This is real "teach a man to fish" stuff.
A great resource for sending foodstuffs, letters, phone cards, etc. to those serving overseas.