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May Monthly Newsletter 2016

Motel 6 Leaves Light on for U.S. Military on Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving by Supporting Move America Forward Care Package Program

Combat deployed U.S. Troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon be enjoying care packages and donated items from a regional effort by Sacramento area Motel 6 Hotels that supported non-profit organization Move America Forward’s Troop and K9 Care Package Program. All Sacramento region Motel 6 locations brought donated care packages items and supplies collected at their individual locations and spent the National Big Day of Giving volunteering at the Move America Forward Operation Center assembling Military Care Packages for U.S. Military serving in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Tony Meredith, manager of Motel 6’s Rancho Cordova property said “Motel 6 wanted to do this as a way for us to give back and really work together with our community and give something to the troops that have been deployed. Today we’re making the packages, there’s items in there that range from socks to jerky, deodorant, sunflower seeds, certain things that they may not be able to get overseas.”

Binny Tailor, manager of Motel 6’s Woodland property, said that volunteering for the troops is a personal mission. “My brother is a veteran.” She also highlighted Motel 6’s commitment to serving the troops when they come home from war. “We have an initiative we started a few years back called Operation Nextstep. When we’re bringing our troops back home, we’re offering employment to troops themselves or for their family members. So it’s an opportunity to give back to the community and to the troops for the service they provided to us.” said Tailor.

The donations from Motel 6 will go toward sending care packages to about 400 troops deployed in Afghanistan, many of who might otherwise receive nothing while deployed. There are over 13,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and although President Obama’s administration planned to bring thousands of troops home, that plan was recently revised due to worsening attacks by Taliban forces, so at least 12,000 troops will remain through 2017.

“I know that the work we’re doing here today, even if it just makes one day brighter [for the troops] while they’re over there, our job is done.” said Meredith. “It’s definitely something we look forward to” he said, of the motel chain’s future plans to continue supporting the troops with Move America Forward. “We truly appreciate their service.”

 

MAF Joins in National Big Day of Giving

Move America Forward participated in the National Big Day of Giving, a day where nonprofits around the country join together and compete to raise money for many inspiring causes.

Unfortunately, the organization that coordinates the National Big Day of Giving had a major technical problem during the day which prohibited Move America Forward from taking donations almost all day.

Because of this technical meltdown we started the day in almost dead last on the leader board.

But, thanks to an extension and our supporters motivated by their unwavering support and love for our military men and women, we have raised $4,764 and were able to climb up the leader board in the top half of charities in our region and had the opportunity to qualify for matching funds.

More importantly, every dollar you donated goes directly towards sponsoring care packages for our brave troops.

The Big Day of Giving organizers offer charities like MAF hundreds of opportunities for bonus prizes and matching funds – but only if we reach certain fundraising goals. With your generous support, we can get substantially more in prize money for the troops! Please help us!


Watch your emails for Details on our Annual Troopathon 9 Live Event!

We’ve been busy at our headquarters making plans for our biggest event of the year! Our annual Troopathon coming this summer! We will share the date once we have confirmed. Please join us as we broadcast live over the internet packed with great guest speakers sharing their stories and offering support to the brave men and women serving far from home as we remember and honor their sacrifices.

Troopathon 9 Live will kicked off with returning super hosts Melanie Morgan and Rita Cosby We’re still in the process of lining up this year’s guests, but you can be sure there will be some great names past year’s guest list which included, Bob Whittle, Dennis Miller, legendary Coach K of Duke University and syndicated radio host Roger Hedgecock, and radio host and best-selling author S.E. Cupp.

We will be sending out emails, posting on Facebook, and Tweeting to keep you posted as we line up this year’s exciting guest list, so if you haven’t already, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter now. And as always, thank you for standing behind our troops and offering them the support they deserve!

Real Superheroes Don’t Wear Capes!

Our troops wear many hats: defender of our nation; loyal servant; proud patriot; weary soldier; and for many, MOM! Our soldiers are the REAL Superheroes! And since it’s May we wanted to give special recognition to all our warrior mothers.

Deployed moms celebrating Mother’s Day this May have only the hopes of an email, card from home or for the lucky ones a chance to chat with their families via the internet as they serve far from home this year. Of course, they accept this separation dutifully as part of their commitment to our nation, and they do so proudly. But let’s all make certain that those serving in part to protect their children and everyone else’s are looked after too!

We want to make sure these super-moms will have a package in hand to remind them how much they are appreciated! You will even be able to include your own heart-felt message of support!

Our military Moms know the meaning of SACRIFICE better than anyone, so join us thanking them during May for Mother’s Day!



For an added bonus, Move America Forward has partnered with Amazon.com in their Amazon Smile Non-Profit Program, where Amazon donates a portion of whatever you order to MAF so we can send even more support packages to our troops!

How does Amazon Smile Work?

It’s simple: All you have to do is use the link below to select Move America Forward as the charity you would like to support and a small portion of what you buy on Amazon.com is donated. There is no extra cost to you, just extra support for our brave defenders for buying the things you normally would. It’s a WIN-WIN!

Millions of Americans already use Amazon to purchase clothes, books and movies to tech gadgets, or almost anything you can think of. Chances are, if you’ve ever bought anything on-line, you have probably used Amazon.com at least once or twice.

Now with Amazon Smile, you can support Move America Forward at no cost to you, Amazon donates .05% of your purchase TO THE TROOPS on your behalf!

Click HERE to shop for great Gifts and be sure to set MAF as your Amazon Smiles Charity!

Some Gave All: Memorial Day!
Fly your Flag to Honor those who have died in service to our country!

Monday, May 30, 2016 is Memorial Day. It is seen as a great opportunity for a long weekend of barbecues and a chance to catch a baseball game or hang out with friends, but we at MAF know that Memorial Day means so much more.

Memorial Day was established as an occasion to honor and celebrate Union Soldiers, who died in service to our country during the Civil War. After the end of World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to include all American men and women who died serving their country in any military action or war.

Originally called Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30th traditionally, the current name of Memorial Day came into use following WWII and with the passage of the 1968 Uniform Holidays Bill Memorial Day was officially moved to the last Monday in May.

As our way of honoring those who gave all, we are also asking all of our supporters to fly their flags proudly on Memorial Day, and for those who have flag poles to remember to fly your flag at half mast.

Please take a moment out of your day to remember those who sacrificed their lives in service to the United States of America.

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Does it Really Matter to the Troops if I Send a Package?
Don’t take our word for it… here’s what real troops have to say…

“There’s no betting feeling in the world that knowing people from all over the US are supporting the troops” — Jake W. — Army

“Care packages are something to look forward to when we are over here, it is really nice to receive a piece of home in every box.” — Jason H. — USAF

“To receive a care package would be a huge blessing. It would remind me that even though life is continuing, I’m not forgotten. Someone out there is thinking of me and my fellow deployed guys.” — Joshua J — USAF

“It is a great relief whenever you are non stop on the go while your out in the dessert. it gives you piece of mind and also gives you the ability to appreciate the little things. it is a great feeling honestly.” — Scot J. — USMC

Calling all Troops!
Signing up to receive packages is easy!


If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.


If you prefer, just copy this link http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.

What They are Saying on Great Non-Profits
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MAF Awarded as Top-Rated Nonprofit

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CONGRATS! You’ve won a spot on the 2016 Top-Rated List!

 

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Congratulations! Move America Forward has earned a spot on the 2016 Top Rated List! Your community has shared their inspiring stories about your work. We congratulate you on all of your accomplishments. 

You’ll be featured on our site, our 2016 Top-Rated List, and distributed to media and corporate foundations. The official 2016 Top-Rated List will be announced after October 31.

Be sure to use your new Top-Rated badge and share the good news.  Keep up the good work!

 

 


You can help make the daily routine of our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq a little more bearable.

Nothing brings a serviceman or woman more joy than knowing that someone back home is thankful and thinking of them while they are on deployment. Care packages include a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request.