January 2014 Newsletter


Move America Forward would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the people, companies, groups and organizations who sent Thanksgiving and Christmas packages and messages of support. You helped make it a little easier for our troops during a time of year when it’s harder than ever to be far from home and family. Thanks to your generosity and support, the holidays were brighter for thousands of American soldiers.

If you sent a package and have not yet received a thank you, please be patient. Sometimes it’s very hard or even impossible for a soldier to drop a note in the mail, as much as you would all love to hear back from the soldier you have sponsored.

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.

Calling all Kids!  Send Heartfelt Thanks for Valentine’s Day!

We are inviting school children from across the nation to send us their Valentine’s Cards to be included in our special Valentine’s packages for our troops.

Our goal is to have every state in the nation represented in our special Valentine’s Care Packages for the troops, which include our regular care package goodies plus some extra special Valentine’s goodies to let the troops know there is lots of love coming their way.

If your child’s school would like to participate, email our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org

Let’s make sure our troops feel the love this Valentine’s Day!

Companies Pitch In to Help Out

Many companies support the troops through our Corporate Sponsorship Support Program. By raising funds doing everything from selling dress down days to holding bake sales and even holding silent auctions, and donating products like our delicious Christmas blend coffees, hundreds of corporate support packages have reached our troops! Thanks to Corporate Sponsors like Rogers Family Company, Stag Arms, JDA Professional Services, Inc., The Schwartz Foundation, Munich Re America, Somerset Hills Shopping Center, Inc., and many more many troops have received packages with special letters from their corporate partners. If your company would like more information on how you can send support packages through Move America Forward, contact lisabaron@MoveAmericaForward.org, and Lisa will be happy to help you put your own corporate program together.

The fresh beginning of a New Year always brings so many aspirations, goals, and ideals to conquer the world. It doesn’t take long before reality sets in and we fall back into our old patterns. They say it takes 3 weeks of daily practicing your new pattern or habit for a successful change. I pray that 2014 will bring blessings in every aspect of your life and that your goals are attained.

I know that each and everyone of you have been a blessing to me, the MAF family and our brave warriors who defend you and I and the freedoms we enjoy every day. Without your faithful support we wouldn’t have been able to send 210 tons of care packages.

I have dedicated my life since the death of my son Marc to honoring and supporting our troops, the fallen and their families. Most of the time that’s about 80 hours a week and yet that still isn’t enough to balance the sacrifice they make for me.

We have been blessed to meet and support so many TRUE HEROES with the support from amazing patriots. Marc’s last letter home talked about how distorted our priorities are in America that we have lost the real meaning of a hero.

Many people refer to a rock star, sports figure, movie star as their ‘hero. They may be “famous” or a “celebrity” but not a hero.The definition of a hero is, “in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t know any celebrities who would sacrifice their life for you or me. They may “appear” to face danger as a character in a movie but not in reality.

Our troops in the combat zone courageously face that adversity every moment of every single day. Their families keep the home front burning not knowing if today could be the day that they receive that knock on the door informing them their hero has selflessly sacrificed and won’t be coming home.

There are not words descriptive enough, actions deep enough, expressions broad enough to describe the deep love, respect and gratitude I have for our men and women who serve and keep me free. You are the real American heroes!!!!

I look forward to 2014 and continuing to support our Heroes and share the love that America has for them locked arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder with the amazing MAF supporters and American Patriots!

Start the New Year out with a Smile

The Christmas season can be so hectic that sometimes we just don’t quite get around to checking everything off our “To Do” list.  If you intended on sending a care package to our troops for Christmas and just never got around to it, why not take the time to start of the New Year with a gift to our hard-working troops?

Did you Know?

January 1, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in the 11 Confederate States  still  in rebellion against the Union with the issuance of  The Emancipation Proclamation.

January 3, 1959 – Alaska was admitted as the 49th state.

January 28, 1986 – Just 73 seconds into its flight,  The U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded over central Florida killing all seven crew members  aboard including its  lone civilian passenger , teacher Christa McAuliffe, the first civilian in space.

January 20, 1981 – At age 69, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the oldest United States president to take office.

January 22, 1901 – Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 64 years,  ending the longest reign in  of any British monarch in  history.

January 28, 1915 – The U.S. Coast Guard was created by an Act of Congress, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service.

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