Thank You to all who participated and helped us advertise our online REMEMBER OUR TROOPS Auction in May!! We greatly appreciate your continued support!
Thank You to all who contributed to our Flower Power WINGS (Warrior Inspired Never-ending Gratitude Service) Fundraiser where we send a gift to a mother/wife to honor the son/husband killed in action in Iraq or Afghanistan. The love of her life says yes to serving our country and her world is crushed by loss. We want to let her know we remember his sacrifice. The more we raise for this program, the more WINGS gifts we send!!
News…what have we been up to?:
Last week Monday, we held a t-shirt distribution event through our Boots At Home Program where On Purpose Journey Inc. was the bridge between the company donating t-shirts and various organizations around the state who distributed thousands of shirts to at-risk veterans and the homeless. From Milwaukee, to Madison, to even Tomah…our t-shirt event was a success!!
Last week Friday, we spent the day celebrating Flag Day at the Marcus Center “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living” Event. Thanks to everyone for coming out to honor our military heroes! We even were able to have lunch with a WWII veteran!
Every month, care packages continue to be sent overseas. Each package costs $14.85 to ship to a military hero and contains $70-$80 of items: hygiene, snacks, dvd’s, lip balm, letters from home, and much much more depending on the needs of the warrior. So every time you donate $15, you’re sending a hello overseas to a guy or gal who said yes to serving our country…pretty tiny cost for such an enormous impact, right?!
June 27th – Cream City Swing is hosting a SKIRT NIGHT FOR SOLDIERS fundraising swing dance event to support our troops, veterans, combat wounded warriors and military families!
Date: Thursday, June 27th, 2013
6-count swing dancing lesson for beginners 8-9pm, $5
Social dancing 9pm-12, $5
Address: Down & Over, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53207
+ June 27th’s $5 cover will be donated to On Purpose Journey Inc.
+ Additional financial donations to On Purpose Journey Inc. gladly accepted!
+ Morale Builder Package items for troops overseas (floss, travel-size mouthwash, travel size powder, power bars, Gatorade drink mix packets, gum) will also be collected at the event.
+ A military member will speak for a few minutes at intermission to share with the attendees how much it means to support our guys and gals deployed overseas.
+ Silent Auction from 8PM-10:30PM (pay for & pick up items at the event!)
CURRENT COLLECTION: Want to do something super cool for a wounded warrior for Independence Day? We need your help!! July 11th is Corey’s Alive Day and we want to add a bit of specialness to his day through our Hugs for Warriors Program. Protecting our freedom, Spc. Garmon was severely injured by an IED blast in Afghanistan on July 11th, 2012. Due to injuries, both legs were amputated below the knee. He also lost 70% use of his left hand, lost his left pinky, and sustained moderate damage to his eye. But Corey…is amazing. He married his best friend in February 2013 and they are expecting their first baby (girl). We are collecting notes of thanks for Corey along with financial donations. We will be sending Corey a gift package and we want to pack it with love from around the country and some gift certificates to help with the new baby. Would you help us send an awesome thank you to Corey? Please send your own words of thanks to: On Purpose Journey Inc., 660 Pine Terrace, Slinger, WI 53086. On Purpose Journey Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit charity. Deadline for this collection is June 28th, 2013, so we send his present in time for Corey’s Alive Day. Donations can also be made online at: www.OnPurposeJourney.com/donatenow
Combined Federal Campaign: If you participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), please consider donating to our organization through our code #97433. Thank You!!
Helping Hearts–THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT: Lynn S, Pecatonica River Popcorn, Panera LLC, Brunner Furniture, PJ’s Field of Dreams Collectibles, Ken V, Lea S, Mary Lou S, Brenda S, Breadsmith, Juliana S, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Starbucks, Delta Defense, Brett Favre Fan Store, Advanced Disposal, Universal Spartan, Alterra Coffee, Wisconsin Pharmacal, Linda Lee B, Lauren B, Pamela B, Kathleen C, Kathryn D, Judy K, Dan L, Tammy M, Sarah N, Kathy O, Josh V, David W, Mike W, Denise H, and Vickie V.
Responses from Program Recipients:
Thanks for the bug spray, popcorn, and other donations! It is much appreciated, and we are spreading it around to all branches of service and veterans organizations. -Jeff
I really appreciate everything that you are doing for the soldiers. Thanks for everything you do! -Steven
Thank you for what you are doing. As I see it, not all that do serve join the military! It takes special folks like you that support those that have enlisted. It is special people like you that let us know that what we do is for everyone. With volunteers like you that give freely of your time and energy ensures that we as Soldiers will continue to enlist and serve our country. -Roger
Thank you for the well wishes, and for the unlimited support you have given and continue to give to Service Members around the world. We are truly thankful. -Claudia
Thank you for everything during these past months. -Justin
Memorial day is a time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us, those who truly did give all. But I also think it would be wrong not to stop and remember those who make sacrifices for us every day. People like you who support us in the field and with the war at home, the war with ourselves. I’m truly grateful for you. -J
Letter from Overseas:
Greetings from the front lines of medical care aboard the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. On behalf of our entire staff, made up of the finest medical professionals in the world, thank you for the wonderful items you sent to us. We were very pleased to receive your gracious support.
Today and each day here, we endeavor to care and provide for the medical needs of those who enter our doors. Our patients are young and old and have suffered illness or injury in the harshest environments. Your donated items are a wonderful reminder of a more peaceful and safer place. When we shared your donations, we felt those who received them were very appreciative of your kindness.
Again, our team at the NATO Role 3 MMU thanks you for your special service to our mission. Please know that your hard work and devotion are deeply appreciated.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy
With Independence Day being around the corner, here is a quote to end this post:
It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. -Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
Thank you so much for being a part of our team. We all join to make a difference in this world!!
~Mollie and the On Purpose Journey Inc. Team