Did you know…Five years ago, we started supporting 13 soldiers with our Mission Soldier Adoption program…and now we’re supporting 1200 troops, veterans, and military families each year!
With your help, a difference is being made all over the world…Africa, Afghanistan, Asia, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Persian Gulf, South Korea, South Pacific, and the United States just to name a few.
Speaking of making a difference…
If it was you…wouldn’t you want something from home while carrying loads of gear in ridiculous heat and nasty sandstorms?
Wouldn’t you hope someone would find it in their heart to think of you with a hot brat and cold drink in their hand while celebrating the freedom you’re serving to protect?
In the states, we hear blasts and look to the sky for a colorful show. There, they hear blasts and hope their brother or sister’s blood wasn’t just spilled on foreign soil.
We have 50 boxes to ship in July…and we need the shipping funds of $672.50 to get these overseas.
We have 50 more boxes to go overseas in August and supply the much needed items to make life a bit better for our troops…this cost is $672.50.
So, this July 4th, in honor of those willing to donate their blood for our freedom, please consider donating funds to sponsor a box ($13.45 ships one box overseas) and provide a moment of joy to their day…making a difference for a United States Hero. We reach a minimum of 1200 troops/vets per year, with a program cost of $50,000 per year…and no one gets paid…all our services are provided by volunteers. Bottom line…our troops need our help…so right now, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Click Here To Donate Online!
Christmas from July! Wait, what? We’re collecting for our Thanksgiving/Christmas Morale Builder Packages…beginning in July. Each month, we’ll have a different “Grocery” list. If you’d like to play along with our Christmas from July (to November) game…we’re warning you, it will be addictive. Once you start your Troop Christmas Basket…a bit of excitement will creep into your mind each month as you add to your basket…a few items at a time…a fine collection by November. July Christmas Basket Items: Graham Crackers; Mini-Marshmallows; Nutella (found by the peanut butter); Dried Fruit. Happy Christmas Basket Filling!! (And yes, we’ll accept the donations ahead of time so you don’t have to store them at home!)
Did you see us?
+ On Purpose Journey Inc. was thrilled to attend the 128th Air Refueling Wing Military Display for Armed Forces Week in Milwaukee, WI on May 12th & 13th, and hand out appreciation bags to our troops and veterans and provide materials for kids to write notes to troops overseas. Taser displays, open aircrafts, air crews on hand for questions, flight demonstrations, food, painted faces…the 128th Refueling Wing along with some military guests made this is a great event. One note written by a 4-year old read “Dear Troops, thank you for fighting for us. And for painting my face.”
+ On Purpose Journey Inc. was excited to attend the Boy Scout Event at the Milwaukee Zoo on June 2nd.
+ On Purpose Journey Inc. was delighted to be invited to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Flag Day Celebration on June 14th in Milwaukee. Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, Moment of Silence for POW’s, Keynote Speaker Wounded Warrior Pfc. Alan Jermaine Lewis, Patriot Guard Riders, Fisher House Wisconsin, Quilts for Veterans, 1st Brigade Band-Civil War Brass Band…it was a day to remember.
I recently had the privilege to attend a meeting at Thomson Reuters Beta Systems to speak about our mission. They are currently in the middle of a two week fundraising event to send Morale Builder Packages to our troops overseas. To fill and ship Morale Builder Packages, they hosted a pancake breakfast, a spicy lunch, a sausage grill out day, golf, bean bag championship games, bake sales, coin collections, and gift baskets fundraisers. And they aren’t finished yet. I’m sharing this with you so you know that we have amazing souls who support our troops and veterans in our community. And with the 4th of July right around the corner, it was a pleasure to be in the same room listening to how they are working on making a difference. One gentleman said, “I can’t help everyone…but I can help one person.” And that’s what we’re doing…making a difference…hearts united…one hero at a time.
Ways to Help:
1. Facebook: You can “Like” us on Facebook at On Purpose Journey Inc…and please share our group page with your friends! On Purpose Journey Inc. Facebook Page
2. Grants: We’re applying for grants…so if your company offers grants to causes you support…please let us know so we can apply for financial assistance to continue supporting our troops and veterans!
3. Donations: We’re looking for companies that are willing to donate gift certificates for our silent auctions. We’re looking for fun experiences to auction to our database…we’ve had tickets for Irish Fest, Summerfest, Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club Tickets, Marcus Center Tickets, and a Green Bay Packers Signed Team Football. If you know of companies willing to donate experiences or fabulous items, please let us know.
4. Financially, we’re in need of funds for supporting our mission. Checks can be written to On Purpose Journey Inc. and yes, we’re a non-profit 501c3 charity. Donations are also accepted online on our website. (Credit card donations are accepted. A fee is charged by the credit card company so we don’t receive the full amount…but we are grateful for all donations!) Click Here To Donate Online!
5. Items: If you like shopping, our July request items now are Graham Crackers; Mini-Marshmallows; Nutella (hazelnut & chocolate spread); Dried Fruit.
6. Help Connecting: We’re looking to connect with: MillerCoors, Harley-Davidson, and the Admirals (hockey)…if you can help, please let us know!
Helping Hearts: Starbucks, Lynn S, Josh V, Linda Lee B, Vickie V, Veolia ES Solid Waste Inc, David W, Susan B, Pam B, Candace C, Susan E, Hayley H, Elizabeth K, Graciela L, and the 128th Air Refueling Wing. We appreciate all of your efforts and support!!
Responses from our Troops:
We received your two packages. Thank you SO MUCH!!! It made others happy. Thanks again. -Paul
Hey I got your package today. Thank you so much. -Jon
I received two boxes today, thank you very much. I brought them out to another site where we pull MEDEVAC from, everything will get used out here. Thank you for the support, I really do appreciate it. -Butch
My name is David, I am in the U.S. Navy and I work here in Kandahar Afghanistan. We recently received your care package and I wanted to express my appreciation for all that you are doing for us. It really makes me feel good to know there are people like you who care so much, it makes my job that much more fulfilling. Thank you. Very Respectfully, David
We had a nice evening, out to dinner and than to a play at Home Of Next Act Theater for One Time presentation. On the way out I received a nice gift of Pop~Corn because I was a Veteran from your location. THANK – YOU. It capped off my evening really nice. Steve, SGT Special Forces Green Beret. Vietnam/Cambodian 71/72. Thank you.
Just received another 2 boxes of Magazines, Drink Mixes, Crackers etc Thank you. -Jen
Thanks for the packages! Everyone in the office took something 🙂 -Jon
Thank you for the packages! They were awesome! Thank u for everything -Alex
Thank you for what you do for all of us. -Jesus
It is always great to be reminded that what we do is recognized and there are people like you in the world. You have done so much for our service men and women and I know they appreciate that. Please continue to do what you do, it really does make a difference in people’s lives. -Claudia
Thank you for the hello on Memorial Day. The boys and I are almost out of here. Thank goodness it is starting to get pretty warm out. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support. We sure did enjoy the simple things of home, Hot Coco, coffee, hand warmers. Thank you so much. -Thomas
First I want to thank you again for the many things you do with & for the US military. I just received a couple packages from you. Now that the office knows who you are, others wanted to open it lol. Well, I guess I will go back to enjoying my day (because you have brightened it). -Paul
Thank you for the kind words. I would also like to thank you for all you do for us service members, it really does mean a lot and so often goes without thanks. So, THANK YOU! 😉 -James
Thank you for your support! We are all glad to know that there are people back home who care. -Erich
You are the best veteran advocate that I know. Keep up the great work! -Shane
Thank You for supporting us while we do say YES (to serving.) I also received a box yesterday with delicious popcorn and magazines. Thanks! -Jen
Thanks for thinking about our guys overseas. -Rich
This July 4th…we remember with thankfulness…the reasons behind our independence. Sacrifices we may never know about have been made for us. Lives have been given so we may be free. Minds live with horrors from combat so we can peacefully sleep…so we can choose each day, to use our day for making this world a better place. We have the choice to make our difference. Thank you for choosing to be a part of our mission for the past 5 years. Here’s to living on purpose and continuing to support and add a light to the days of our troops, veterans, and their families.
With Gratitude, ~Mollie
On Purpose Journey Inc., a non-profit 501c3 charity