December Monthly Newsletter

You can Bring Christmas to our Troops!




This year we have thousands of troops waiting
for some Christmas cheer and you can help!


At Move America Forward, we often asked “How can I help?” from those interested in supporting our troops. Help comes in many forms, donating supplies like our friends at Guideposts
who donate informative, spiritual and practical planning guides for our troops, or our friend Tom D. from New York who often sends us books for inclusion for our packages. Many of our goodies are provided by the great folks at Paradies and of course our packages wouldn’t be the same without all the premium coffee donated to our troops from San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee,
volunteering to help us pack boxes like all the great folks who come in to pack boxes for us like the fantastic volunteers from Wounded Warrior Project or the selfless scouts from Troop 446 out of Antelope, CA. who recently spent a marathon day assembling packages for shipment out to our brave men and women selflessly serving far from home.


At Move America Forward help often comes in the form of sending out care packages to our soldiers and thanks to the many stalwart supporters in our Monthly Smiles Program and our supporters who send packages only once or several times a year our troops see packages year-round.

When you really want to spread the love and bring a smile to a group of our deployed troops we have plenty of options available!  We offer several packages that are meant to be shared by two, four or more soldiers


Our Soldiers are counting on us! Nothing makes them miss their loved ones more than the memories of spending Christmas with family, and knowing that they won’t be home to watch their kids sing or play trumpet or violin in a school Christmas concert or even open their presents on Christmas morning. Our troops gladly sacrifice so much for all Americans, please take a moment to thank them with a care package from home and most importantly, have a much needed note of thanks that only you can include.


THANK our troops and PRAY FOR THEM as we gather with our loved ones here at home remember those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe… Sponsor a Care Package from Move America Forward to send a little bit of
Christmas cheer
to our troops fighting over in the Middle East! These packages are filled with the same great list of goodies and personal care products, plus some special Christmas treats like candy canes, Holiday Coffee, Hot Cocoa and red fleece Christmas Stockings.


Just click on our Christmas Shop to see what’s special for the holidays,
and check out our gifts for individual soldiers as well as those designed to be shared.








Thanks Larry Marino & Listeners at KRLA AM870 The Answer for Supporting our Troops!



We partnered up with KRLA 870 AM The Answer to send packages to our troops in honor of  Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, so from November8 through December 5, the listeners of KRLA 870 AM have really pitched in to help make sure our deployed service members were remembered, honored and given a long distance hug from home. 



Listen below and Larry Marino talks to Lisa of Move America Forward about our troops and our vital mission to support them.





Furry Christmas!!



Military K9 teams fill specialized roles such as patrols, guarding important buildings and sniffing out roadside bombs and providing a special loving bond with their human partners.   Move America Forward recognizes and honors Military Working Dogs and the troops who train and work alongside them. Since 2010, MAF has been sending specialized K-9 Care Packages for those military dogs and the handlers who work alongside them.




K-9 Care packages include all of the normal great items included in a normal care package that our troops enjoy and need PLUS eye-protecting “Doggles Originalz” specifically designed for our furry troops and ultra-tough Kong training aids, doggie treats and other. If you would like to send out a special K8 package, we are here to help!

A Group Gift Everyone can agree on!


You have enough to worry about during this busy season. Let our Group Gift Program take the worries out of Christmas Troop Support. Group Gift  makes it easy for any size company or group to support our troops – all you have to do is let us know your budget and we’ll do all the work. We offer you a variety of options for packages to fit your budget. We will even include a customized message from your company, group or organization in every package.



To contact group gift, email LisaBaron@MoveAmerica.org with your questions, and she’ll be glad to help out.

 


Thank You Highlights!



“Getting a package means so much more than the items inside”




We are shipping Holiday Care Packages Now!



Our MAF volunteers, staff, supporters and maybe even an elf or two are all pitching in to make sure every package ordered gets in the mail by Christmas. Santa want you to know they’d really appreciate it if you don’t wait until the very last minute to order. And just a reminder to all you procrastinators: packages sent to the military must go by USPS Priority Mail, so we’re not able to offer an overnight delivery option like UPS or FEDX. But if you do miss the deadline, don’t worry….MAF is sending Holiday Care Packages all the way until December 31st, and even if it shows up after December 25th, the troops are going to be more than willing to celebrate Christmas when it arrives. So if you haven’t had time yet, take a moment to remember our brave men and women serving far from home.



MAF Makes Your Christmas Shopping Easy!

MAF is making it easy to send a gift to a soldier in the name of family, friends or co-workers
.
It’s just like making a donation to any other charity in a friend’s honor.  If you just want to send a package or two, or  to send packages in the names of each of your many clients, customers or everyone on your holiday list, we’ll be happy to do all the work for you.

All you have to do is give us your budget and your list, and we’ll do the rest. We’ll even supply you with a letter you can print out or email letting your list of friends know a gift has been sent in their name by you to a deployed service member.  It’s one gift that’s sure to produce smiles all around. Just contact LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org and paste Gift Giving in the subject line.

AMAZON SMILES MAXIMIZES YOUR SUPPORT
Make your money work twice as hard by supporting the troops at no extra cost to you while doing your holiday shopping with Amazon Smiles!



Move America Forward is now partnering with Amazon.com and participating 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. No extra cost to you, just extra support for our brave defenders for buying the things you normally would. It’s a WIN-WIN!

CLICK HERE TO SET UP AMAZON SMILE

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,
simply by buying the same things you would have bought anyway.


Prices are the same, shipping is the same, and nothing changes except Amazon donates .05% of your purchase to MAF on your behalf!



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

Gift of Monthly Smiles!

MAF even makes it easy to give year round .You can give someone a Membership in the Monthly Smiles Club and we’ll send a soldier a package in their name every month all year long. So long after the Christmas decorations are put away, your holiday gift will still be reminding your recipient of you – and reminding a soldier far from home that someone still cares about them.

We can work with your budget to send packages and to include a personal support message. We’ll even prepare a special letter for the person you’re giving the gift to. Then every month both you and the person who received your gift will get a notification from us letting you both know that a package went out. No need to pay up front; we’ll simply charge your credit card each month when your package ships.

What a great gift for a special client, friend or family member or group or employees  If you’d like to find out more, just complete our Monthly Smiles email form and in the area for messages, tell us you want to know more about
giving a membership in the Monthly Smiles Club.

Interested in Setting up your OWN Monthly Smiles?

Set up to schedule a monthly troop support package now and we will remember to send a package out through our Monthly Smiles Club for you each month. Our Monthly Smiles Club provides an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long! We have made it even simpler to sign up.  When you place your package order there is now a button you can click to make your Monthly Smiles Donation automatic.  What could be simpler?





That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face. Our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron personally oversees our Monthly Smiles program and she will make sure that your monthly package contains a personal message from you to the troops with every package we ship out on your behalf.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time. Plus Monthly Smiles donations are always 100% tax deductible!

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

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Merry Christmas, My Friend


‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,

In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live.
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.

On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind,


a sobering thought soon came to my mind.

For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.


I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more,

so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.


He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?

Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,

And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,

on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.

Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.


He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,

“Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still.

I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.

So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,

and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,

said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,

Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight
Written by Corporal James M. Schmidt

 

Do you have unused or unwanted gift cards?

Now, you can use them to sponsor care packages for one of our brave men or women of the military.  Not only will you brighten the day of one of America’s finest, but your gift card donation to Move America Forward is also tax deductible, a win-win!

For every $25 dollars in gift cards we receive, we will send a care package in your name. Click here to get started!

As always, special thanks go out to our Sponsors!:

 

 

November Monthly Newsletter

Volunteers Working Hard for our Troops!



Move America Forward was lucky to have close to a dozen dedicated volunteers from local business Avison & Young who came to MAF Headquarters in Sacramento on October 13 to help pack over 250 care packages bound for the troops overseas.

We were able to pack all these care packages thanks to our generous donors that have supported our Operation Mail Call campaign. Because of an influx in donated care package products, we are able to offer care packages to our troops in need for just the price of the postage to mail them.

In addition to all the care packages assembled by our Avison & Young volunteers, we continued to work hard to fulfill orders as they came in throughout the remainder of Operation Mail Call.  

We set a very ambitious goal for Operation Mail Call and pushed hard to make our goal.  We even set up a live feed visible on YouTube and on the MAF homepage so any of our supporters could take a peek in on the process of what goes on during care package preparation and stuffing. In case you missed it, the recording is now available for your here!

As our friends at Avison & Young demonstrated, it can be darned exhausting but well worth it knowing that our troops will be opening these boxes of cheer in no time.

With the help of these dedicated troop-supporters we packed up over 250 care packages for the troops. We had a few more volunteers that pushed us to over 300 boxes that we are shipping to waiting troops!




Guideposts: Inspiration, Faith, Hope for our Troops


We would like to take a moment to better acquaint our readers with our partnership with Guideposts, a Move America sponsor who has come through for our Troops in a big way by providing MAF with Booklets such as Financial Readiness, Mission Ready, Strength for Relationships, as well as thank you and Christmas greeting cards offering support and encouragement to our troops throughout their long and often lonely deployments far from home.

Recently, we spoke with Guideposts spokesperson Caroline Harris about our partnership and what it means to Guideposts to have the opportunity to support our troops in such a significant and meaningful manner.  We were very fortunate to have Guideposts support the 2016 MAF Troopathon as a Platinum Sponsor.  According to Harris, “It was our honor to be part of such an amazing event.”

When asked how Guideposts came to be involved with MAF here’s what she had to say.

“We came across MAF as we were looking for outlets for our booklet Financial Readiness.  Scott (Scott Raab, MAF’s Director of Outreach) quickly jumped on board and MAF began to receive the first shipment of our booklet.”

 Soon after Caroline Harris reached out to Scott and shared all the resources that Guideposts has to offer free of charge.  Scott was again quick to act.  “Since then we have sent 12,000 booklets and 2,500 “thank you” cards for the troops.  And as soon as more are needed, they will be on their way.” Assured Harris  

MAF was a natural fit for Guideposts as they have supported our troops and veterans for over 64 years.  Harris went on to add “Annually we distribute over 1 Million pieces of literature to our troops and veterans.  We distribute them directly through chaplaincy and through amazing support organizations such as MAF.  We could not have the impact that we do without the amazing work that you do.  If we can encourage and uplift even a single soldier or veteran than all of our efforts are worth it.”

We couldn’t agree with Harris more, as MAF has made it our mission to support our troops and Guideposts has become an important part of that mission.

Like MAF, Guideposts works closely with chaplains to make sure the needs of our deployed are looked after. Harris went on to say “Often we are told by chaplains and chaplain’s assistance how important our publications are.  These pocket sized booklets are a quick easy read and provide them the encouragement they need to get through tough situations.  We were once told by a soldier that our booklets are the perfect size…as often time’s struggles with personal relationships, faith, money, or self-esteem are deemed by the military as a sign of weakness.  Our booklets are something easily read in small quiet places without fear of any sort of criticism.  Often times we are told that our messages arrive at just the right time.  And are also passed from person to person.”

Although Guideposts has not yet had the opportunity to visit with us at our headquarters in Sacramento, there commitment is strong and we look forward to having them check out our operations first hand.   Guideposts seeks the input of chaplains when writing their materials so it can better meet the needs of today’s deployed troops.

Partnering with MAF gave Guideposts a chance to put materials directly into the hands of eager troops. “It’s great to know that our material is getting into the hands of the men and women who are defending our country so bravely.  Our material is not only targeted to the issues facing our military today, but much of the material is actually written by military chaplains.  It is good to know that our booklets are being delivered directly into the hands of our soldiers.  

Harris went on to add “Working with MAF (specifically with Scott Raab) has been an absolute pleasure.  The message of how important it is to raise the spirits of our troops is clear.  Having served himself he embraces the mission of MAF to a “T” and his excitement for doing so is infectious.  You simply cannot say no! (But why would you want to?  On behalf of Guideposts we would like to thank our service men and women for all that they do.  Together with MAF it is our hope that we can make a difference to those who are making a difference for us. “

“We would highly recommend MAF to others for their integrity, heart, and dedication to those serving our country.  They do amazing work, and their diligence in supporting the troops shows in all that they do.” Continued Harris.

‘We look forward to a long continued relationship with MAF.  It is our hope that we can find a way to strengthen and deepen our relationship and continue to not only provide our resources to MAF for their care packages but to continue to support their efforts through Troop-a-Thon.”  

We hope you have enjoyed learning more about our partnership with Guidepost in our continued effort to assure our troops are supported both spiritually and materially.

Maximize Your Support with AMAZON SMILES

Move America Forward is now partnering with Amazon.com and participating 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. No extra cost to you, just extra support for our brave defenders for buying the things you normally would. It’s a WIN-WIN!

CLICK HERE TO SET UP AMAZON SMILE

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, simply by buying the same things you would have bought anyway.

Prices are the same, shipping is the same, and nothing changes except Amazon donates .05% of your purchase to MAF on your behalf!

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

Thanking Those Who Serve!
November 11, 2016 is Veterans Day


Friday, November 11, was Veterans Day.  Please take this opportunity to thank all of those who have served our great nation. To all of our Veterans, we at Move America Forward say “Thank You!” Your sacrifice and service has kept us safe at home.  Please take the time to thank your friends, co-workers or loved ones this year who have served our country.  In honor of America’s brave veterans, please take the time to fly your flag. 

How is Veterans Day Different from Memorial Day?

Veterans Day is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, however, Veterans Day honors the service of all U.S. military veterans, whereas Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the the men and women who gave their lives in service.

We’d like to offer you the opportunity to send out a special troop support package in honor of your loved one who has served.


Simply enter your order and in the message area please enter your message to our troops and let them know in whose honor you are sending your package.

Oorah! Semper Fi! –241 years of Faithful Service

November 10, 2016 marks the 241st Birthday of our United States Marines. The USMC has been part of every war the United States has been involved with since their founding in 1775. Today there are more than 200,000 active duty and reserve troops serving both state-side and abroad. Always ready, willing and able to defend and protect our shores.

Bow Our Heads in Thanks


As a nation we our blessed in many ways and we celebrate together on Thanksgiving  a holiday rooted in the tradition of gathering around the table with loved-ones to share a feast and quite literally offer Thanksgiving for the gifts in our lives and the prosperity we share. We take the time to count our blessings, bow our heads in praise and remember family and friends who can’t be with us to share the day.  At Move America Forward we’re thankful to each and every one of you who send packages and messages of support to our deployed to let them know they’re not forgotten.

We’d like to make sure as many soldiers as possible get a taste of the holidays, so we’ve put together some special Thanksgiving treats in our packages that range from special holiday coffee, to festive candy that’s sure to bring a real taste of home.  Of course our packages are packed with plenty of our regular treats like beef jerky, nutritious trail mix, candies, cookies, field wipes and lots more.  And every Thanksgiving package includes a special personalized message of support to our troops from the sponsor at no additional cost.

HOLIDAY DUO is Back!


Turkey, pumpkin pie, football, family, parties, shopping, worship services, and decorating!  Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner!  This is such a busy and fun filled time for many Americans here at home, but it’s also a special time to remember our troops serving in harm’s way that won’t have a chance to celebrate these special days with their friends and loved ones. As part of your Holiday Traditions why not include remembering our service members with a special package from home.

Move America Forward is happy to offer a special Holiday Duo promotion that will automatically send a package from you next month in December along with your special note of thanks to celebrate these special holidays.

Our Thanksgiving packages will be packed with our regular treats but will also include special holiday treats like candy corn, special holiday edition coffee and hot cider.  To add a touch from home and our Christmas package will have extra treats like soft peppermints, a fleecy red and white Christmas stocking and hot chocolate as well.



Or just contact Lisa Baron at LisaBaron@moveamericaforward.org  and let her know you are interested in the Holiday Duo and she will get all the info from you she needs to make this happen
.

We Make Holiday Giving Easy!

Before you know it you will be asking yourself where another year has gone. Let MAF make it easier to remember our troops. If your company, group, school, club or organization would like to send soldiers holiday packages, now’s the time to get in touch with our Group Gift Coordinator and get your program underway. There’s still time for us to put together a custom program for you that could include sponsoring a group or unit, sending packages to soldiers from your home state, or supporting members of a particular branch of the service. We want to be able to do everything possible to make your program special, so if you’re even thinking about “We should really do something to support the troops” this holiday season, send an email to LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org

Signing Up a Soldier for a Support Package 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.


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Monthly Smiles Club Needs You!!

Set up to schedule a monthly troop support package now and we will remember to send a package out through our Monthly Smiles Club for you each month. Our Monthly Smiles Club provides an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long! We have made it even simpler to sign up.  When you place your package order there is now a button you can click to make your Monthly Smiles Donation automatic.  What could be simpler?



That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face. Our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron personally oversees our Monthly Smiles program and she will make sure that your monthly package contains a personal message from you to the troops with every package we ship out on your behalf.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time. Plus Monthly Smiles donations are always 100% tax deductible!

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.


Do you have unused or unwanted gift cards?

Now, you can use them to sponsor care packages for one of our brave men or women of the military.  Not only will you brighten the day of one of America’s finest, but your gift card donation to Move America Forward is also tax deductible, a win-win!

For every $25 dollars in gift cards we receive, we will send a care package in your name. Click here to get started!


As always, special thanks go out to our Sponsors!:




October Monthly Newsletter 2016

Scary Good Treats!

As the air begins to take on a bite of fall and the leaves turn to gold and red here at home our thoughts turn to childhood fun like legions of little ghosts and goblins hitting the streets to Trick or Treat.

We wanted to bring a small bit of that celebration to our troops serving so far away. So starting in October, our packages will include yummy colorful candy corn as a reminder to our troops that even though they can’t be here to celebrate with their own kids, and raid their Halloween candy stash, they can still get a little treat from the folks back home who haven’t forgotten their service.



Soldiers often see a nice bump in packages during the Christmas season, but that is still two months away and some of these brave men and women never see packages from home. Why don’t you take a moment to send a package now, and we will include the candy corn along with our regular goodies like pumpkin spice gourmet coffee, beef jerky and soldier friendly field wipes and many other treats and necessary items.



I’ve been tracking our progress for the Operation Mail Call campaign and I can report that we’ve brought in about $2,811.00 in postage donations so far for our campaign.

That’s enough to ship about 196 boxes to the troops. It’s a good start but we’ve got quite a ways to go before reaching our goal. If we can reach our goal we’ll have enough postage to send out almost 1,750 boxes to the troops. That will make a real difference, but we can’t do it without your help! Please donate today or forward this to your friends and family.


MAF offers a special word of thanks to all of our awesome donors and want to take a moment to offer special thanks to those who REALLY stepped up and donated over $100 to the Operation: Mail Call. Join the MAF Heroes Wall today and see your name on the list

JOIN MAF’s HEROES WALL



We have supplies to ship 1,750 boxes of care packages, but without money for postage all these boxes full of, coffee, personal hygiene packs, and socks are just sitting here in our Sacramento warehouse.  We need your help to purchase postage and get them out of our warehouse, where they are doing no good, and over to Afghanistan and Iraq, to our troops that so desperately need them.



Troops tell us in their own Words what it means to get a Care Package!

Here are some real notes written to us from real soldiers. We thought you would enjoy reading how much your support means to them.



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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.

Holiday Trio Returns!

It’s October already!  So Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.  This is such a busy and fun-filled time for many Americans here at home, but it’s also a special time to remember our troops serving in harm’s way who won’t have a chance to celebrate these special days with their friends and loved ones.
 
Move America Forward is happy to offers a special Holiday Trio  promotion that will automatically send a package from  you each month for October, November and December along with your  special note of thanks to celebrate these special holidays.



Our Halloween and Thanksgiving packages will be packed with our regular treats but will also include special holiday treats like candy corn to add a touch from home and our Christmas package will have extra treats like soft peppermints, a fleecy red and white Christmas stocking and hot chocolate as well.

Just order your package today   for Halloween from the order button above

Then select the recurring button that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and we will automatically send out a package in the same amount billed to your same credit card in November and December as well.

Just like that you can mark one item off your Holiday check list and you have the satisfaction of knowing our troops will receive a great package from you!

 

AMAZON SMILES MAXIMIZES YOUR SUPPORT

Move America Forward is now partnering with Amazon.com and participating 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. No extra cost to you, just extra support for our brave defenders for buying the things you normally would. It’s a WIN-WIN!

CLICK HERE TO SET UP AMAZON SMILE

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, simply by buying the same things you would have bought anyway.

Prices are the same, shipping is the same, and nothing changes except Amazon donates .05% of your purchase to MAF on your behalf!

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



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Do you have unused or unwanted gift cards?

Now, you can use them to sponsor care packages for one of our brave men or women of the military.  Not only will you brighten the day of one of America’s finest, but your gift card donation to Move America Forward is also tax deductible, a win-win!

For every $25 dollars in gift cards we receive, we will send a care package in your name. Click here to get started!


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September Monthly Newsletter 2016

Honoring the Memory of the lives lost on 9/11

September 11, 2001 – Terrorism hits home
September 11, 2012 – U.S. Consulate in Benghazi attacked by terrorists

September 11, 2001.  Fifteen years cannot erase the vivid image of the Twin Towers billowing smoke against an impossibly blue New York skyline. September 11, 2001, a day that forever changed our nation.  We at MAF honor the brave men, women and children who lost their lives that fateful September morning in 2001.  We remember the heroics of NYPD fire and police units who responded without thought to their own safety and the incredible sacrifices of those aboard flight 93 who through their selfless sacrifice saved countless lives. Although the Twin Towers no longer grace the New York Skyline, the Pentagon remains, its beige stone facade bearing the scars of the terrorists attack.



September 11, 2012. Frantic call for help go unanswered as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya fall under terrorist attack culminating in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, former SEALs Glen Doherty  and Ty Woods  along with  foreign service worker Sean Smith.
 
Although first reported as an unorganized local protest surrounding a movie, it soon became clear this was a directed and organized strike.

MAF REMEMBERS AND HONORS THE 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

September 8, 2016 — For the fourth year in a row, MAF has been invited by John Vinson and his family to help them install a memorial flag display to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 
John Vinson says that when he heard about what had happened in New York City he picked up an American flag and went to a freeway overpass and simply waved it proudly and defiantly at the enemy, for all the passing motorists to see. Those that passed by and saw him waving the colors honked and cheered and encouraged him.

John continues to fly the flag every 9/11, today he has well over 3,000 flags to fly including 2,977 flags to remember each victim of the 9/11 attacks. John has moved from the freeway overpass to a field in view of a busy street in West Sacramento. The Vinson family continue to fly the flags in defiance of those who would try to destroy our freedom.

We applaud the efforts of people like John Vinson, and the countless other patriots around the country who are flying their flags today, supporting our troops. Last year MAF put together a video showing John and his team of volunteers placing the flags in the ground.
 

WATCH THE VIDEO – CLICK HERE



September 2016 MAF 9/11 Memorial Shipment — We will have hundreds of packages ready to go in response to our Answer the Call 9/11: Never Forget Drive.  It’s not too late to have your care package added to this very important shipment. Our nation was under fire, and our brave heroes Answered The Call to defend it. Will you Answer the Call to support them now?


Take time to honor these heroes and their sacrifices by flying your flag in remembrance of these great American heroes and consider sending out a great support package to our troops who help keep us safe today and every day!

Learn 4 Life’s “Jeans 4 A Cause” Raised $2,531.00 for Troop Care Packages!


Scott Raab, Lorna Garces (black shirt) School Counselor for Paseo Grande
Tanya Prucher (blue shirt) Learning Center Coordinator for Paseo Grande
David Petropulos – Principal for Paseo Grande, Shawn Callahan

At Move America Forward we are frequently approached by groups and organizations that are looking for a way to make a difference. We have worked with many groups helping them coordinate drives to send package to our deserving soldiers. That’s why when we were contacted by Tanya Pruche, Learning Center Coordinator for Paseo Grande High School we were happy to be awarded their “Jeans 4 a Cause Donation” for the month.

Paseo Grande High School, a Learn 4 Life public charter school, in a growing network of approximately 65 resource centers throughout California.  The schools offer a variety of programs; Independent Studies, Blended online, and Career Technical Education with a focus on personalized learning because Learn 4 Life know all students need something different to motivate them and get them reinvested in their future.

 
Each month a Learn 4 Life charter school hosts their standing “Jeans 4 a Cause” drive.  Each charter gets to choose an organization they would like to support and all employees within Learn 4 Life wear jeans and donate $3-$5 which in turn goes to a worthy organization.  The money is collected and the school that hosted the event presents it to their charity.  

According to Tanya Pruche,  “My Principal, David Petropulos, found Move America Forward and felt it was a great way to support our troops. We raised money during one of our “Jeans for a Cause” events that crosses our entire company, from San Diego to Sacramento.  Staff can wear jeans and donate to organizations chosen by the specific school site that hosts that month’s event.”

Tonya went on to say “It must be hard to be away from family and friends and hopefully organizations like this help them to know they are appreciated.”

When I spoke to Tanya about her experience visiting Move America Forward she said “It is amazing to see all the support you have from the community and what you do for our troops! It feels great knowing that even a small gesture could help make someone’s day.  Our students enjoyed writing letters to the troops and we had some really good conversations about how we could support them.

Tanya went on to say her experience with MAF was “Wonderful – everyone we have met is passionate about what they do. And she took a moment to add a personal message for the troops, “Thank you for all you have done for our country.”

Want to support Move America Forward when you shop on Amazon, 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!

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Happy 100th Birthday United States Marine Corps Forces Reserves


As everyone knows, the best way to celebrate a birthday is with a BIRTHDAY PARTY. Our specialty at MAF, and our favorite kind of party is a CARE PACKAGE PARTY. So why not help us throw a BIRTHDAY care package party in honor of our Marine Corps Forces Reserves 100th Birthday!

Here are some photos of what a MAF care package party looks like!




Troops tell us in their own Words what it means to get a Care Package!

Here is a real note to us from a real soldier, we though you would enjoy reading how much your support means.

“Good Morning, I would like to send you this email as a token of my appreciation! Today I was afforded the opportunity to speak with one of the many volunteers. I would like to thank you very much for your hard work and support in a world where the support of the armed forces is slowly declining. We noticed once an email contact was made and the request was understood, we would shortly receive a positive form of care. We all appreciate what you and your crew of men, women, and children have been doing for, not only us, but for everyone throughout the armed services. The items in the conversation was awesome, useful, and directly from the heart. Thank you for what your dedication, patience and candor.

V/R

Peter W.  – SSGT U.S. Army”


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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.

MAF’s Monthly Smiles Club Keeps the Smiles Coming Year-Round



Want an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long? Join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club.

You can a join Monthly Smiles directly by ordering and checking the box that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and selecting your frequency. Our troops really need your ongoing support, so why not join Monthly Smiles today?


If you have questions and would like more information, just fill out this form and Lisa Baron, our Director of Troop Support who oversees our Monthly Smiles Program will contact you directly.

Don’t want to commit to a package every month? We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

Special Shout out to Corporate Sponsor Guidepost for providing much needed spiritual support to our troops during long deployments far from home and loved one!


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August Monthly Newsletter

This is how we Party at MAF — We Threw a Packing Party!


First and foremost thank you to all our sponsors who ordered troop support packages and all the great volunteers who came down to help us assemble the actual care packages!  Thank you to all the volunteers, everyone who spread the word and especially to our friends at TRAVIS Air Force Base and BEALE Air Force Base that took time to come down to help us pack. We had an incredible group full of familiar faces and people who have never visited us before. And they packed over 840 care packages in the first shift a new record!

There are still thousands of American troops deployed in the war on terror.

Hundreds of boxes were packed, labeled, and made ready to ship!


Our K9 Packages Now Feature KONG Brand!

Move America Forward is very proud of our K9 Care Packs! When most people think about the U.S. military, it conjures up images of America’s bravest men and women, but most people don’t think about the furry friends that serve alongside our troops on the front lines.

Military Working Dogs have been used for years by our men and women in uniform deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 


Our K-9 care packages include special dog-goggles to protect sensitive eyes from dirt and debris. And we’re proud to announce that we’re now including KONG Brand durable dog toys in our K9 packs. These dogs work hard, but play time is an important part of training and bonding with their human partners.

That’s why we are very proud and thankful to the Kong Company for helping us get these KONG dog toys into our boxes.



Donating a care package is the easiest way to give our brave K9’s and their partners the comforts of home while they are so far away and sacrificing so much for us. Each box also has a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items for the human soldier as well.

These handlers and dogs are highly trained and are instrumental in sniffing out IEDs, bomb making materials, patrolling, and standing guard. It’s as dangerous for these K9’s as it is for our soldiers, especially in the harsh environment of Afghanistan. IED’s threaten our troops as well as the local Afghan civilians, so every bomb found by a K9 warrior means innocent lives are saved.



Send a K9 package today!


That’s why our Care Packages are always stuffed with a wonderful array of high quality items that our troops consistently request and come with a personal note of support from you to make sure they know they are not forgotten.


Temperature Climb in the Middle East!

Our Care Packages Have Items to Help Troops Stay Cool!

Middle East forecast shows incredible
temps up to 122 degrees.


Image how tough it is for our troops overseas serving in the hottest, dustiest battle zone while temperature blaze.

You can help though, because care packages from Move America Forward come with sunblock, lip balm, wet wipes and deodorant all of which are extremely useful and important to help keep the troops dry and protected from the harsh sun.

These are just some of the great personal care items that the troops will be delighted to find in a care package sponsored by you. And, of course, we still include tasty treats and snacks as well as gourmet coffee and cookies to give our heroes a taste of home with some comfort food!



Troops tell us in their own Words what it means to get a Care Package!
Recently, we have seen  a BIG surge in our Soldier Sign-up Program on our website. This program allows soldiers to sign-up to receive care packages from us.

With so many troops still overseas fighting the War on Terror, there is still an enormous need to support our men and women in uniform. There are up to 18,000 troops now deployed in Iraq (5,000) and Afghanistan (13,000), as well as some 500 special forces in Syria.

We are working hard to fulfill all the soldier sign-up requests and make sure that all our brave men and women of the military receive the care package that they requested!   
 
As part of our Soldier Sign-Up Program, the troops can leave a message with some of their thoughts and feelings and share a little bit about themselves. Below are some recent notes and care package requests from troops on the front lines. They convey what it means to them personally, to serve and to receive support from you.


Real Notes from Deployed Troops



Show our troops that they haven’t been forgotten and send a care packages to troops like these just waiting for your help!



It’s so great when we hear back from troops who have received packages sent through Move America Forward. We though you would enjoy reading one of the actual notes we received back just this week.


Hello,
 
Thank you so much for the care packages we received today, the boys enjoyed it and we all shared it as a group! I have 36 guys that are out on the other outstation that we share our care packages with! We really appreciate your support!

God bless,

Leremia M., Afghanistan


Hat’s off to our Coasties — Happy 226th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard! 
Semper Paratus


U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines.

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of America’s five armed services and traces its founding back to Alexander Hamilton, who as Secretary of the Treasury authorized the construction of 10 ships to be used for enforcing tariffs, trade laws and to prevent smuggling. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the modern-day U.S. Coast Guard.

The modern-day Coast Guard is the smallest of the armed services, yet performs a variety of tasks from search and rescue to maritime law enforcement.

Happy Birthday to all our Coast Guard families and supporters!


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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.


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MAF’s Monthly Smiles Club Keeps the Smiles Coming Year-Round



Want an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long? Join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club.

You can a join Monthly Smiles directly by ordering and checking the box that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and selecting your frequency. Our troops really need your ongoing support, so why not join Monthly Smiles today?


If you have questions and would like more information, just fill out this form and Lisa Baron, our Director of Troop Support who oversees our Monthly Smiles Program will contact you directly.

Don’t want to commit to a package every month? We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.


As always, special thanks go out to our Sponsors!:




July Monthly Newsletter

Troopathon 9 – Care Packages for Our Heroes!

On June 23, 2016, MAF held our 9th Annual Troopathon live event broadcast live on Newsmax TV and live streamed on the internet from a cutting edge, high tech production studio in Sacramento, California, home of our headquarters.  Troopathon 9 “Care Packages for Our Heroes” capped off a month-long fundraising event running through July 4th and held by Move America Forward to send care packages to the troops overseas for the summer. Our goal is to send care packages to every deployed serviceman or woman overseas fighting the War on Terror.

Troopathon 9 culminated in a 6-hour live broadcast interview show with that brought together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other supporters who encouraged viewers to sponsor care packages for the troops serving overseas through the group’s website (www.troopathon.org) and a special call in number.

Check out our impressive guest list of Pro-Troop Gusts who took the time to call in, skype or appear live at Troopathon 9!


Rush Limbaugh Mark Levin Laura Ingraham Omarosa Manigault Nancy Grace Mario Lopez Matthew Marsden
R. Lee Ermey Mike Rowe Dr. Gina Loudon John Harbaugh Jeanine Pirro Nick Searcy Scott Baio
Duane Dog Chapman Diamond Dallas Page Lou Holtz Hulk Hogan Beau Davidson Pat Boone Adam Carolla
Herman Cain Kurt Schlichter Pamela Geller Col. Allen West Senator Ted Cruz Gov Tom Wolf Gov Rick Snyder
Rep. Steve King Frank Gaffney Maj Gen. Paul Vallely Rep. Louie Gohmert Gov Greg Abbott Rep. Peter King Dennis Miller
Admiral “Ace” Lyons Dr. Laura Gov Rick Perry Gene Simmons Donald Rumsfeld Dionne Warwick Reba McEntire
Diana Nagy Robert Davi Joe Mantegna Montel Williams Coach K Mike Krzyzewski Joe Piscopo Charlie Daniels
Amb. John Bolton Jim Hoft Chef Robert Irvine Tony Orlando Scottie Hughes Gov Earl Ray Tomblin Tim Kennedy
Tomaczek Bednarek Kevin Graves SSgt. Anthony Cano Huba


Once again we had Move America Forward’s co-founder, award-winning radio talk show host, author, advocate, journalist, News Director and veteran host Melanie Morgan at the helm. Melanie, brings her passion for our troops born of six generations of Morgan men serving in the military, Melanie dedicated the broadcast to her brother, the late Sgt. Mark Nelson Morgan, Special Forces.


Sgt. Mark Nelson Morgan, Special Forces

Melanie was once again interviewing side-by-side with Troopathon 9’s special co-host, the incomparable Rita Cosby, Cosby, one of the most recognized and respected broadcasters in America today and for the first time Melanie and Rita were joined by Newsmax’s own John Bachmann.

Melanie has always had a passion for supporting our troops and was just wowed by the celebrity supporters who wanted to make sure they took part in supporting our troops as well.  According to Melanie, “We are humbled to receive support from so many famous pro-troop celebrities and we’re honored to make them a part of our Troopathon fundraiser.




Imagine having to be away from your family for 6-12 months, missing birthdays, holidays or other important life events. These troops are still in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq where they’re fighting the Taliban and training Iraq to fight ISIS. The weather in those countries is a scorching 100-110 degrees during the days when our troops are carrying packs averaging 60 pounds of gear! While our troops are over there covering our butts let’s make sure we do the same from home for them!

With over 10,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, we cannot forget their continued service and sacrifice. The people who are taking time out of their busy careers to participate in Troopathon do so because they are so grateful for everything our troops do, risking their lives for the preservation of our Nation’s freedom and liberty!”

Thanks to all who took the time to watch and respond to our drive to send our deployed troops much needed packages.

Thank you for all who supported!  We are busily packing and shipping off boxes now, but if you didn’t have time to help out during Troopathon, please consider sponsoring a waiting troop now!


Thank you for all the support from everyone here at Move America Forward. On behalf of our hosts, Melanie Morgan and Rita Cosby, all of our staff, and most of all our troops on the front lines, thank you for your support!  We couldn’t have done it without you!


Spotlight on Rita Cosby


Once again, we were extremely blessed to have Rita Cosby as a co-host alongside our own Melanie Morgan.  Rita is a phenomenal journalist, news anchor, radio-host and best-selling author with strong ties to the military community.

Rita is author of two books including the best seller Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past which chronicles her father’s bravery as a Polish Resistance fighter during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazi forces in World War II. Rita has used proceeds from this book to support several military and veterans organizations.

Following the Troopathon I was lucky enough to interview Rita for the newsletter and wanted to share my exchange with you. I hope you enjoy hearing from Rita in her own words as much as I did.

You wrote a beautiful tribute to your father, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past did his bravery and personal sacrifice influence your views on the military and their role in protecting our freedoms?

Absolutely. My father was so grateful to be rescued by US troops in WWII and later become an American. He told me he cried when he became a US citizen because he knew the important role the US military played in saving the world in WWII and what America represents in terms of freedom and democracy for all. American GIs literally hugged by father and told him he was free after he escaped from a Nazi POW camp. My father never forgot the greatest day of his life and how blessed we all are to live in this great country.

How did you come to be involved with the Troopathon?

I have been a guest on Troopathon for many years and was so honored to be asked to co-host Troopathon 8 last year with co-founder Melanie Morgan. It was a fantastic experience and a privilege to highlight our brave troops who deserve our support in every way. So when I was asked to co-host once again I didn’t hesitate to say yes!

In your view, how important is supporting our troops through programs like Move America Forward’s Care Package Program?

Extremely important. As a journalist, I have been to many of these remote places where our troops are based and often they are in very difficult, remote terrain with little communication with the outside world. By sending a care package with a personal message, they know we have not forgotten them and that America stands with them. I have seen firsthand that often these messages from a complete stranger give them a great morale boost and are often posted by their bed, something for them to look at and inspire them every day. Think about the incredible impact this can have on one of our brave men and women. It’s no surprise to me that even some pen pal relationships have started as a result of these care packages. It creates an unbelievable bond and a clear message that we love you and deeply appreciate what you and your comrades are doing to protect all of us.

You saw our care packages up close and first hand, what did you think of the variety and quality of products we include in our care packages?

They are terrific and quite diverse! From sunscreen to coffee to beef jerky and everything in between! Troopathon has so many gracious sponsors and great patriots who really know how to put a big smile on a soldier’s face. It makes them feel like Christmas has come whenever that special care package arrives.

Many of our troops have been deployed multiple times and routinely miss important family moments and events, a message and package from a caring supporter may be the only support they receive, do you believe this support is key to their mission?

Absolutely. During these difficult times when troops are on multiple deployments and often away from their families more than ever, these care packages can truly boost their morale and keep their spirits high. This is key to an effective military and most importantly, lets them know we support them and will never forget them. They represent the best of America and we should never forget how lucky we are to have such courageous men and women fighting on the frontlines.

Great job Rita!  Thanks for helping us put together another great Troopathon!

Big Congrats to our Duke Basketball, and SF 49ers Limited Edition Football Troopathon Winners!

As part of our fund raising efforts for Troopathon 9 held June 23, 2016, Move America Forward received generous donations of a limited edition San Francisco 49ers Football from the 49ers and a priceless autographed Duke University basketball signed by “Coach K” Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the gold medal USA Olympic Basketball team and the National Champion Duke Blue Devils!
 
We are pleased to announce that our Troopathon Giveaway winners have been selected and thanks to their generous donations to the troops will be receiving these special prizes from two very special organizations that went above and beyond this year to help Move America Forwards 9th Annual Troopathon!!! We are still in the process of notifying our winners so there names have not been mentioned here.

 


Thank You San Francisco 49ers!

Thank You Sacramento Kings!

Thank You Duke’s Coach K!

 

Mark Levin’s Challenge


Mark Levin, Troopathon super supporter, author, and the host of American syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show came through with a big Troopathon donation and then challenged our donors to make a $2,000.00 donation, for which he pledged a personally autographed copy of his best-selling book Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future. Thanks to Mark Levin,  Beverly W. will soon count this special autographed edition as a part of her own collection. Thanks again to Mark and Beverly for their generosity!

Weber Grill donated Spirit E-310 Gas Grill!

Once again Weber Grill has donated a top-quality Spirit E-310 gas grill for a luck Troopathon donor.  The winner of the grill, who was chosen at random, Joshua K. was generous enough to donate the grill back with the wish that it be given to one of our brave troops. Move America Forward is in the process of finding a lucky troop to receive the grill. Thanks Weber, we are so lucky and can’t wait for our troop to Grill on!

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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.

Troopathon really helped put packages in the hands of our troops but we could really use more of our supporters to join our Monthly Smiles Program. Please consider joining Monthly Smiles and we will do all the work to make sure your package goes out each month to our deserving troops.

Just fill out the form here and our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron will contact you for details or feel free to email or call Lisa directly, she can be reached on her direct line at 843-532-4365 or through her email at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org (remember to add her to your safe sender list so she doesn’t end up in your SPAM!

You can also join Monthly Smiles directly by ordering and checking the box that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and selecting your frequency. Our troops really need your ongoing support, so why not join Monthly Smiles today?

AGAIN, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING TROOPATHON 9 A SUCCESS!!!

Special Thanks go out to Troopathon Event Sponsors:



Also thanks to the following additional sponsors: Yeti Coolers, University of Michigan, Jame A. Doherty Inc., MyDogTag.Com, Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Duke University, Nine Line Apparel, GovX, and Motel 6

Happy 240th Birthday America!




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.

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March 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Peeps for Troops are Back for Easter!

For a limited time only, Move America Forward is proud to offer squishy, sugary Peeps in our seasonal Easter Troop Care Packages!

We know our troops miss family time and all the wonderful traditions we at home often take for granted like Easter egg hunts and baskets full of goodies.

Easter is full of traditions and one tradition MAF like to carry on is our commitment to making sure our seasonal Easter packages for our troops contain Peeps in addition to items soldiers crave like, Rogers Family gourmet coffee, Oreo cookies, Gatorade,and more offerings to remind our troops that home isn’t really that far away after all.  
Easter is Sunday, March 27!

Nothing lifts a lonely soldier’s spirits like a letter from home, when you send an Easter package through Move America Forward’s Care Package Program, your personal support message is included with our treats.

Most of our deployed soldiers are used to spending holidays away from loved ones but let’s make sure they know we are thinking about them and sending our love today. Peeps are only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to include this iconic Easter classic in your troop support package.

 

Will You Answer the Call?
With Easter around the corner we want to highlight our support effort for the members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit also known as “The Fighting Thirteenth” which is deploying for about 7 months, accompanied by the USS Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group. This fleet is ready for combat operations in the Middle East and includes helicopter squadrons and other combat logistics equipment.Please take a moment to read this touching note highlighting the importance of support to our deployed troops.



Troops Feel the Love with Valentine’s Cards from Caring School & Church Groups!


As Valentine’s Day drew near Move America Forward once again reached out to some of the loving school and church groups we have grown to depend on over the past several years to help us with one of our soldier’s most cherished packages, those containing homemade cards full of love.  Schools both local to the Sacramento area and across the country worked hard making adorable home-made Valentine’s Day Cards to be included in our troop support packages.

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School here in Sacrament once again delivered in a big way with beautiful hand crafted cards sure to bring a grin to a homesick troops, as in the past, Presentation worked hard and Carrie Donohue coordinated everything seamlessly on her end to make sure their school would be well represented and in no time at all we had beautiful cards from the students at Presentation to include in our troop care packages.

Jean Klark coordinated the efforts of a variety of youth groups and families for Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter, Michigan to create beautiful Valentine’s cards they generously donated to our project.  We can always count on their help with lifting the spirits of our troops.

Rannae Hansen of Greenwood Elementary in Toledo, Ohio and her 3rd grade class participated once again this year and according to Mrs. Hansen, “The students really enjoy the opportunity to make these cards for the troops, they really put their hearts into this project.”

And as always we were able to count on the great students and staff at Capital Christian School in Sacramento with the help of our great contact Katie Nelson to contribute adorable homemade cards for the troops.  Thanks Cougars!   We loved your cards!

And thank you to Victory Christian School in Carmichael, CA and Dora Marques for your support in this project.

We love doing this coordinated effort with the schools, it allows people of all ages to reach out to our troops and show them they are loved and supported during their long and often difficult deployments away from family and loved one.

Pack 788 is Great!!
Thanks to Cub Scout Pack 788 for their hard work with our February packing party.  These kids and their leaders had a great time working hard to put together care packages for our troops!  Way to go Scouts! Check out these mighty scouts at work!

Registering a Soldier is Easy

Registering a soldier to receive support packages is easy. If you have the address of someone deployed on active military duty, click here for our
Military Sign-Up Center or copy this link (http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/) and e-mail it to them so they can sign-up themselves. Once signed up they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring fellow Americans

Our Monthly Smiles Club Keeps Morale High Year Round

Set up to schedule a monthly troop support package now and we will remember to send a package out through our Monthly Smiles Club for you each month. Our Monthly Smiles Club provides an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long!

At the bottom of a care package donation form there is an option to select either a one-time gift or join monthly smiles. Just click where it says “Yes, I would like to make a Re-Occurring Gift” and choose the frequency you wish to send.

The default we recommend is every 1 month, meaning 12 care packages per year. If you change the number, the system will skip the intervening months.

So, for example:

That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face. Our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron personally oversees our Monthly Smiles program and she will make sure that your monthly package contains a personal message from you to the troops with every package we ship out on your behalf.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time. Plus Monthly Smiles donations are always 100% tax deductible!

If you have questions about setting up a Monthly Smiles program for holidays only or would just like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

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Amazon Smile: Shop AND Support the Troops at the Same Time!

Move America Forward is now partnering with Amazon.com and participating 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. 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, simply by buying the same things you would have bought anyway.

Prices are the same, shipping is the same, and nothing changes except Amazon donates .05% of your purchase to MAF on your behalf!

Share MAF with a Friend

The more soldiers that register, the more we need to reach out to individuals, groups and organizations who’d like to show their support. If you know an individual, company or organization who’d like to support our troops, would you please pass this newsletter along, or copy this link and e-mail it: http://www.moveamericaforward.org/march-2016-monthly-newsletter/
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February Newsletter 2016

Sending Love on Valentine’s Day

While you are busy making dinner reservations or ordering flowers for your sweetheart, take just a moment to remember our deployed men and women and make sure they won’t be lonely hearts for Valentine ‘s Day this year!

Share your love with one of our thousands of deployed troops this Valentine’s Day. To make our Valentine’s package even more special MAF will include yummy and fun Valentine’s candy conversation hearts, See’s Candies Gift Box chocolates and extra special home-made Valentine’s cards provided by some caring school children and church groups from all over the country.  Of course, our troop support packages will include all our regular great treats like Oreo cookies, premium beef jerky, woolen socks, Aloe infused Dude Wipes to handle tough grime and much more.  Everyone loves to get a reminder on Valentine’s Day that they are loved and part of a bigger family, let’s take the time to give some of that love to our troops!

It’s easy to do and our Valentine’s packages start at a super affordable $24.99

Hail to the Chief! Happy Birthday Ronald Regan

We wish a Happy Birthday (Feb 6) to our Greatest Commander in Chief of Modern Times

Our Troops could use a Monthly Smile of Support!

Set up to schedule a monthly troop support package now and we will remember to send a package out through our Monthly Smiles Club for you each month. Our Monthly Smiles Club provides an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long!

At the bottom of a care package donation form there is an option to select either a one-time gift or join monthly smiles. Just click where it says “Yes, I would like to make a Re-Occurring Gift” and choose the frequency you wish to send.

The default we recommend is every 1 month, meaning 12 care packages per year. If you change the number, the system will skip the intervening months.

So, for example:

That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face. Our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron personally oversees our Monthly Smiles program and she will make sure that your monthly package contains a personal message from you to the troops with every package we ship out on your behalf.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time. Plus Monthly Smiles donations are always 100% tax deductible!

If you have questions about setting up a Monthly Smiles program for holidays only or would just like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

“Thank you for the goodies…”

Registering a Soldier is Easy

Registering a soldier to receive support packages is easy. If you have the address of someone deployed on active military duty, click here for our
Military Sign-Up Center or copy this link (http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/) and e-mail it to them so they can sign-up themselves. Once signed up they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring fellow Americans

 

Amazon Smiles makes giving even easier!

Move America Forward is now partnering with Amazon.com and participating 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. 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, simply by buying the same things you would have bought anyway.

Prices are the same, shipping is the same, and nothing changes except Amazon donates .05% of your purchase to MAF on your behalf!

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Help us Spread Christmas Cheer!
We are often asked this simple question: “How can I help?” from those interested in supporting our troops. Help can come in many ways, donating supplies, volunteering to help us pack boxes, and most often help comes in the form of sending out care packages to our soldiers. When you really want to spread the love and bring a smile to a group of our deployed troops we have plenty of options available!  We offer several packages that are meant to be shared by two, four or more soldiersOur Soldiers are counting on us! Nothing makes them miss their loved ones more than the memories of spending Christmas with family, and knowing that they won’t be home to watch their kids eat pumpkin pie or open their presents on Christmas morning.

THANK our troops and PRAY FOR THEM as we gather with our loved ones here at home remember those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe. . Sponsor a Care Package from Move America Forward to send a little bit of Christmas cheer to our troops fighting over in Afghanistan! These packages are filled with the same great list of goodies and personal care products, plus some special Christmas treats like candy canes, Holiday Coffee, Hot Cocoa and red fleece Christmas Stockings.

Just click on our Christmas Shop to see what’s special for the holidays, and check out our gifts for individual soldiers as well as those designed to be shared.

Big Thanks to Larry Marino KRLA 870AM The Answer & his Listeners for their Support!

 

We partnered up with KRLA 870 AM The Answer to send packages to our troops in honor of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, so starting on November 7, the listeners of KRLA 870 AM have really pitched in to help make sure our deployed service members were remembered, honored and given a long distance hug from home. Listen below and Larry Marino talks to Move America Forwards own Lisa Baron about our troops and our vital mission to support them.

Christmas for K9s

Military K9 teams fill specialized roles such as patrols, guarding important buildings and sniffing out roadside bombs…Forward recognizes and honors Military Working Dogs and the troops who train and work alongside them. Since 2010, MAF has been sending specialized K-9 Care Packages for those military dogs and the handlers who work alongside them

 

K-9 Care packages include all of the normal great items included in a normal care package that our troops enjoy and need PLUS eye-protecting “Doggles Originalz” specifically designed for our furry troops and Petsport “Tuff” Balls. Sponsor a K9 Care Package today!

Looking for a Way for your Company or Organization, or Even a Group of Family or Friends to Support out Troops?

You have enough to worry about during this busy season. Let our Group Gift Program take the worries out of Christmas Troop Support. Group Gift  makes it easy for any size company or group to support our troops – all you have to do is let us know your budget and we’ll do all the work. We offer you a variety of options for packages to fit your budget. We will even include a customized message from your company, group or organization in every package.

To contact group gift, email LisaBaron@MoveAmerica.org with your questions, and she’ll be glad to help out.

 


“Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Showed Up for Pictures”


We received this thank you note is response to some of our Christmas packages sent following last year’s Christmas drive and it was so great, we saved it to share,Imagine opening up your mail one day and reading this:

“Your support, love, care and continued prayers have been our contact with home since deploying…”

And here is a recent thank you and picture we received from the battalion chaplain for Task Force Shadow over in Afghanistan.  As you can see they benefitted and appreciated our support during their deployment which is wrapping up soon. They were so happy with all our packages and support that the Shadow chaplain is putting us in touch with the chaplain for their incoming replacement, Task Force Mustang and of course we are going to do our very best to see that TF Mustang can count on Move America Forward and all our supporters to keep them looked after while they are deployed on their dangerous mission far from home.

 Of course, sometimes soldiers just aren’t in a position to send a thank you when they receive a package, but we know how much they appreciate it. We’ve even been contacted by soldiers who’ve safely returned stateside asking us to put them in touch with the person who sent them a package, so they could tell them personally what it meant to them, and how badly they felt they couldn’t send a thank you at the time.

We are shipping Holiday Care Packages Now!

Our MAF volunteers, staff, supporters and maybe even an elf or two are all pitching in to make sure every package ordered gets in the mail by Christmas. Santa want you to know they’d really appreciate it if you don’t wait until the very last minute to order. And just a reminder to all you procrastinators: packages sent to the military must go by USPS Priority Mail, so we’re not able to offer an overnight delivery option like UPS or FEDX. But if you do miss the deadline, don’t worry….MAF is sending Holiday Care Packages all the way until December 31st, and even if it shows up after December 25th, the troops are going to be more than willing to celebrate Christmas when it arrives. So if you haven’t had time yet, take a moment to remember our brave men and women serving far from home.

 MAF Makes Your Christmas Shopping Easy!

MAF is making it easy to send a gift to a soldier in the name of family, friends or co-workers. It’s just like making a donation to any other charity in a friend’s honor.  If you just want to send a package or two, or  to send packages in the names of each of your many clients, customers or everyone on your holiday list, we’ll be happy to do all the work for you.

All you have to do is give us your budget and your list, and we’ll do the rest. We’ll even supply you with a letter you can print out or email letting your list of friends know a gift has been sent in their name by you to a deployed service member.  It’s one gift that’s sure to produce smiles all around. Just contact LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org and paste Gift Giving in the subject line.

Gift of Monthly Smiles!

MAF even makes it easy to give year round .You can give someone a Membership in the Monthly Smiles Club and we’ll send a soldier a package in their name every month all year long. So long after the Christmas decorations are put away, your holiday gift will still be reminding your recipient of you – and reminding a soldier far from home that someone still cares about them.

We can work with your budget to send packages and to include a personal support message. We’ll even prepare a special letter for the person you’re giving the gift to. Then every month both you and the person who received your gift will get a notification from us letting you both know that a package went out. No need to pay up front; we’ll simply charge your credit card each month when your package ships.

What a great gift for a special client, friend or family member or group or employees  If you’d like to find out more, just complete our Monthly Smiles email form and in the area for messages, tell us you want to know more about giving a membership in the Monthly Smiles Club.

Interested in Setting up your OWN Monthly Smiles?

 

 

Set up to schedule a monthly troop support package now and we will remember to send a package out through our Monthly Smiles Club for you each month. Our Monthly Smiles Club provides an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long! We have made it even simpler to sign up.  When you place your package order there is now a button you can click to make your Monthly Smiles Donation automatic.  What could be simpler?

 

That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face. Our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron personally oversees our Monthly Smiles program and she will make sure that your monthly package contains a personal message from you to the troops with every package we ship out on your behalf.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time. Plus Monthly Smiles donations are always 100% tax deductible!

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

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As 2015 draws to a close, we at MAF want to take a moment to solemnly remember all the brave men and women of our armed services, and one civilian who gave their lives in service to our great nation. To the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, and best friends who bravely gave their all, your light will shine bright in our hearts today and every day.

 


*as reported from 11/25/14 through 11/23/2015

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Merry Christmas, My Friend ‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live.
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I’d
heard stories about them, I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
“Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.

Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,

Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight
Written by Corporal James M. Schmidt