I would bid. I don't believe everything I read on the internet. There are ways to contribute cigars and other things to the troops.
Individual Liberty / Personal Responsibility
"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
I have two Russian clown dolls that sit on my dresser and whose eyes follow you around wherever you are in the room. At night, among some of their mischief, they mutter Russian obscenities and open my humidor and take all the wrappers off my cigars. I haven't noticed any difference. ~ Ted