From Operation Gratitude:
YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!
Thanks to the incredible help and support of so many wonderful people, we are happy to announce that Operation Gratitude is a Pepsi Refresh Everything Finalist for one of ten grants of $50,000. According to the site, we finished in 4th place which means our “Secret Admirer” will also donate an additional $1,000! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Many thanks to everyone who cast a vote in the Pepsi Refresh Contest, and to everyone who told anyone else about it. This grant will pay the postage for 5,100 care packages!
Every vote you cast truly made a difference —- your time and effort were well spent, and will be greatly appreciated by the 5,100 troops (and their comrades) in harm’s way who will receive the care packages during our upcoming Patriotic Drive.
We plan to ship a total of 50,000 Care Packages in April through June. The $51,000 Pepsi Grant will be spent in just one morning of one Assembly Day. So…we will still be pushing hard to raise additional funds, through online contests and otherwise to ensure that all 50,000 care packages can be mailed this Spring.
I hope we can continue to count on your support and hard work. We could not do this without you!
You have helped us put smiles on the faces of these heroes in harm’s way. Thank you for all your great support!!!
See the entire announcement here.
This makes me so happy.
That’s a lot of care packages.
Thanks to Pepsi for the Refresh Project, a really great gesture, everyone who voted in this month’s contest, and especially Carolyn and all the fine folks at Operation Gratitude for their selfless, tireless effort.
GPICT! Yes, kids, it’s Gratuitous Public Interest Campaign Thursday, begun last week and to be continued on every Thursday hence. Can you imagine if everyone who gratuitously posted a photo of themselves on Wedesday matched it with by gratuitously posting a link or note about some great public interest initiative? That would be so badass! I’m gonna start by directing you to Soup’s post about his upcoming birthday (March 30th yo!) and his Charitini-inspired drive for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. But it can be anything really - letting people know about a day of clean-up, volunteering, a Twitter fundraising campaign,and, um, dangerous-sounding-but-cutely-named hitchhiking campaigns. Or more! Who knows what it can become - when it comes to social media the possibilities are endless!
Okay so that’s my pitch. Anyone who’s into it, please reblog with a link to your favorite charity. Let’s see how many we can collect in one place - I will add everything we get to the Charitini blogroll. Let’s DO this! High five! Woo! Booyah! Etc.
This is a GREAT idea.
A few years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to “give more to charity.” I picked out several charities that were near and dear to me, and added a reminder to my calendar to donate to a new one each month (thought it would be good to space it out, so as to not have to come up with a huge nut all at once in December around the holidays when most people give). I further made a deal with myself that I would double whatever I gave the prior year. I started this tradition when I was still in school, so the amounts at first were admittedly not too staggering. About 5 years on, though, I have managed to keep my promise. In addition, while I have a few staples, throughout the year I often give to many other organizations as incidents arise, i.e. an earthquake in China, hurricane relief, etc. or simply when I learn about a new organization that I’d like to support. All told, last year, I gave to 22 different causes.
Operation Gratitude - Care Packages for Soldiers
Send a single package for as little as $11.