Earlier this week, Operation Sauce Drop shipped its 800th free gift box of hot sauce and BBQ sauce to US troops serving overseas, thanks to a generous repeat donor who recently made a $1,000 donation (which the Carolina Sauce Company has matched), and the generosity of over 150 other donors, some of whom are also repeat donors.
Since its inception over 2 years ago, Operation Sauce Drop has sent 814 free gift boxes of sauce to troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Far East, Europe 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 donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of several Carolina Sauce brand products through the "Shop to Support Operation Sauce Drop" program. 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.
Because gift box requests greatly outpaced incoming donations last winter and into the spring, a lengthy waiting list developed earlier this year. But thanks to the continued support of donors both large and small, the Carolina Sauce Company is working its way through this waiting list and will soon finish fulfilling the pending gift box requests. Once the last pending request has been fulfilled, we will resume accepting requests for free gift boxes of sauce for our deployed military.
The average cost to purchase and ship a free gift box of sauce to a serviceperson serving overseas is about $20. You can donate to Operation Sauce Drop in any amount, and 100% of your donation will be used ONLY to purchase and ship a gift box (as mentioned above, Carolina Sauce covers all incidental expenses and overhead, so your entire donation goes towards the cost of the gift box and shipping). You can also shop to support Operation Sauce Drop by purchasing select sauces and other zesty products, and either a portion or the entire purchase price is donated directly to Operation Sauce Drop.
It would be great if we could fulfill new gift box requests from the troops in time for 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!