Newsflash: Today, Operation Sauce Drop shipped its 700th free gift box of hot sauce & BBQ sauce to US troops serving overseas, thanks to the generosity of the Carolina Sauce Company and over 150 donors (some of whom have donated money multiple times). Since its inception just over 2 years ago, Operation Sauce Drop has sent 711 free gift boxes of sauce to troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, the Far East, and other APO/FPO locations. The Carolina Sauce Company operates this nonprofit program, donating the time and labor needed to fulfill gift box requests, paying for all incidental expenses associated with the program, and since July 2008 matching 100% of all monetary donations received. The troops and their families greatly appreciate receiving a little "taste of home," as is evident from their thank-you notes and photos such as this one and many more posted on the Operation Sauce Drop Feedback & Photos page.
The average cost to purchase and ship a free gift box of sauce is just over $20. Because gift box requests have greatly outpaced incoming donations, a lengthy waiting list has developed. The Carolina Sauce Company is working its way through this waiting list as donations come in, but as of today there are still 126 servicemen and women who are waiting to receive a free gift box of sauce. A mere $10 donation, which is matched by Carolina Sauce, will help send a free gift box of sauce to the next serviceperson on the waiting list. You can donate here. You can also shop to support Operation Sauce Drop by purchasing select sauces, salsas and relish where some or all of the purchase price is donated directly to Operation Sauce Drop. It would be wonderful if all troops on the waiting list could receive their free gift before the holidays, so please consider a donation in any amount, or shop to support Operation Sauce Drop. The troops will thank you for your generosity!