September Newsletter 2018
PACKATHON: 911 care packages assembled, 2,001 shipped to commemorate 9/11/2001
Local Elected Officials, Volunteers, Veterans, Active Duty Military, Gold Star Parents, Military Families Unite to Support Troops Deployed on the Front Lines in the Afghanistan and Iraq
Move America Forward, in cooperation with the City of Rancho Cordova and the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, as well as cooperation from several important supporters and many more volunteers from the community came together to honor the 17th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 so that we never forget that day when our world profoundly changed.
The 9/11 PACKATHON shipped 2001 care packages to the troops still fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wars that were spurred by the terrorist’s attacks on 9/11. Volunteers also packed 911 more to be shipped in the following days.
The 9/11 PACKATHON kicked-off with a short opening ceremony at the Move America Forward headquarters featuring music and speeches from several important speakers from the community, local elected officials, active duty military, and 9/11 World Trade Center Tower 2 survivor Rich Hannaford. All MC’ed by Move America Forward Chairman, Melanie Morgan.
The ceremony was followed by active duty military members stationed locally and dedicated community volunteers who tirelessly packed 911 care packages and mailed 2,001 more that will be shipped to troops deployed on the front lines overseas.
We were honored by our dedicated public servants in attendance including U.S. Congressman Ami Bera, California State Senators Ted Gaines, Richard Pan, Jim Nielsen, California State Assembly member Kevin McCarty sent a representative, and Rancho Cordova Mayor Linda Budge joined by Diann Rogers – President & CEO, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce.
We were humbled to be joined by members of some very special Gold Star Families:
Dianne Layfield, Mother of L.Cpl. Travis Layfield, US Marines KIA 4/6/2004
John & Betty Hall, Parents of SFC. Bryan Hall, US Army KIA 4/10/2009
Care packages include letters of support along with high quality food and personal care items like San Francisco Bay gourmet coffee, OREO® cookies, beef jerky, Gatorade®, Planters® nuts, field towels, lip balm, deodorant, sun block, and many other useful items requested by the troops.
Twin Tower Survivor Richard Hannaford Speaks
Survivor Richard Hannaford was in World Trade Center Tower 2 on the morning of September 11, 2001 and barely escaped alive, watch as he recounts the importance of remembering those who lost their lives in this terrorist attack.
THANK YOU! Answer the Call goal reached!
MAF’s Scott Raab & SFC James Menard of the Woodland Recruiting Company Meet with the BT Collins Cyber Tech Center to Share our Mission with the Troops
Move America Forward is proud of our community outreach which extends to our military community to help them learn about our important care package program and how it can serve their new recruits as they deploy during their service.
Special Thanks go out to Sponsors
Set it and forget it! With Monthly Smiles Adopt our Troops Program, you sign up one time with a click of a button and each month a care package filled with all the goodies our troops love will be sent in your name. Just click the box that says “Yes, I Would Like to send packages all year round” after selecting your care package .
Registering a soldier to receive support packages is easy. If you have the address of someone deployed on active military duty, sign them up at our Military Sign-Up Center and they’ll be eligible to receive packages.
Move America Forward is now partnering with Amazon.com and participating in their Smile.Amazon 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 at no additional cost to you!
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization (Seach for Move America Forward) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
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Live from our packing party for 9/11
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