There are only 2 days left until Mother’s Day, that means time is running out to sponsor a great Mother’s Day care package from Move America Forward!
Move America Forward is busy sending out care packages to our moms who are serving overseas to keep their families back home safe! People all around the country are coming together and making donations or doing whatever they can to help the troops overseas, especially the moms, since Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 14th!
It’s true that our military moms who are out there serving in Afghanistan will have no opportunity to be pampered by their husbands, or receive that construction paper, crayon-written, macaroni-glued Mother’s Day card from their kids.
Did you know that over 200,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan? Included in that number are over 85,000 mothers who said goodbye to their husbands, sons and daughters to go overseas and fight for their country.
By Petula Dvorak
About 220,000 women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 40 percent of active-duty women, or almost 85,000, are mothers, according to a Joint Economic Committee report. And of those, at least 30,000 are single moms.
That’s a lot of American kids who know that Mommy’s not going to make it to the dance recital, won’t be there for the birthday party and, to be perfectly truthful, might not come home at all.
The multi-tasking mom – our worries, our woes, our spit-up-stained business suits and overcommitted volunteering – is practically a walking cliche. But what about when Mom wears fatigues and a bad day means enemy gunfire?
We’ve received hundreds of notes from troops overseas talking about how difficult it is to miss holidays and birthdays while deployed. Imagine being halfway around the world, away from your son or daughter for the first time? This is the reality of our modern military family and as Americans it’s up to us to support those troops who bravely sacrifice so much to defend our freedoms.
Mother’s day will be especially tough for the thousands of moms still serving over deployed in various hot zones all around the world. It’s a dangerous job and they risk everything to do their duty.
We are delighted to announce that we’ve just made MOTHER’S DAY care packages available for order on our website! It’s the right time to start sending care packages over to our troops in Afghanistan to reach them by the time Mother’s Day comes this Sunday, May 14th.
Get Peeps Before they are Gone!
Move America Forward proudly offers squishy, yummy Peeps in our seasonal Easter Troop Care Packages!
We know our troops miss their families and there is truly no place like home, so at MAF we try to make sure we bring some of our American traditions to our troops no matter how far from home they may be. We know it is important that our troops have a physical reminder that we care about them and are thinking of them and have not forgotten about them. So while they may miss out on Easter egg hunts and baskets full of goodies, they can still enjoy a great big care package full of love from home. Nothing lifts the spirits of our troops like a note from home including a personal note of support from you! When you send a care package through Move America Forward, we include space for you to write your very own note of support. You don’t need to be Shakespeare or Hemingway to let out troops know you value them, they will appreciate your kind words and encouragement more than you can ever know.
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, beef jerky, Oreo cookies, Gatorade, lip balm, Dude Wipes, deodorant and more offerings to remind our troops that home isn’t really that far away after all.
Easter is Sunday, April 16!
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.
|EASTER CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:
Easter Marshmallow Peeps® Bunnies, Mixed Nuts & Trail Mix, Gourmet Coffee from Rogers Family Co., Hot Apple Cider, Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Genuine Oreo Cookies, Gatorade, Premium Beef Jerky, Military Boot Socks, Cera’Ve Skin Moisturizer, Deodorant, Lip Balm, Sunblock, Playing Cards, Phone Cards, Military OneSource Resource Packet, Shampoo, Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card, Books & Magazines, and more, plus a Personal Note from YOU!
Meet our Troops!
We are often asked How we know which soldiers are waiting for packages and if they really need or appreciate receiving a package from a virtual stranger. Well, as you know MAF has fulfilling our mission of supporting our deployed troops for well over a decade now and during that time we have developed many avenues to help our deployed soldiers receive packages from home.
One of those tools we use is our Soldier Sign Up page. Soldiers can sign up for packages through our secure Soldier Sign Up system. Recently, there has been 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 and over the past two months we’ve had HUNDREDS of troops requesting care packages for themselves and their brothers and sisters on the front lines.
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!
These powerful words from our deployed troops humble us and remind us we are making a difference in the daily lives of our deployed troops. If you are interested in supporting one of our troops like Loida, why not take the time to send one of our waiting troops a care package full of great treats like beef jerky, coffee, socks, personal care items, and best of all a personal note of support from you.
Your support makes a world of difference to our troops. Thanks for all you do!
Save the Date!
We will be sending out details soon on our Annual Troopathon 10 Live Event!
We couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming Troopathon 10 Live Event coming this summer. Mark your calendar now and we will update you once we have more details!
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!
Registering a Soldier is Easy
Registering a soldier to receive support packages is free and 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 Recurring 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.
We’re a top-rated non-profit for the 4th year in a row!
MAF gets top-rating again from Great Nonprofits Org for 2014-2017
We are proud to announce Move America Forward has been honored with the prestigious 2017 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2017 Nonprofit,” says Scott Raab, our Outreach Coordinator “For the fourth year in a row we have been named a top charity supporting our troops. We work hard every day to make sure our supporters know we appreciate their time and effort. Without them, nothing MAF does would be possible. The gift of a care package is so much more than just the goodies and most requested items we send, it is the comforts of home to warriors that serve so far away overseas.”
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Move America Forward received. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one of our supporters wrote, “They offer care packages to deployed military members, free of charge. My husband loves getting mail, it reminds them of home- and lets them know people (even complete strangers) are thinking about them and acknowledge the sacrifice they are making by serving their country.”
Huge thanks to all of our supporters or donors who wrote positive comments on our page. Your help and support allowed us to obtain this top rating again and we are very grateful!
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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!
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!
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