"On behalf of the 948th Movement Control Team, we would like to thank you for supporting our Soldiers who are deployed in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Your support is integral in boosting unit morale. By sending different flavored sauces to our Soldiers, you brought smiles to the faces of young people who are away from the normal comforts of everyday life in the United States. As a result of your generosity, these Soldiers feel that people back home care about them and their mission." The foregoing is part of a letter thanking donors to Operation Sauce Drop, our nonprofit program that sends free gift boxes of hot sauce and BBQ sauce to US troops serving overseas. Thanks to donations from people like you, Operation Sauce Drop has shipped over 1,060 free gift boxes since its inception in 2008. The program is much appreciated by our troops serving far from home, as you can see from the many photographs and thank-you notes that they've sent--and if you haven't visited the Operation Sauce Drop Feedback & Photos recently, make sure to check it out because today I finished uploading the most recent photos and thank-you notes
Operation Sauce Drop wouldn't be possible without donations from kind-hearted folks like you. The program also benefits when you Shop to Support Operation Sauce Drop, where a portion of the proceeds from each product sold goes straight into the Operation Sauce Drop fund. Unfortunately, Operation Sauce Drop ran out of money earlier this year, forcing us to stop accepting new gift box requests from our troops. Presently there are four service members with pending gift box requests that we received just before we stopped accepting new requests, and unfortunately these troops can't receive their free sauces until Operation Sauce Drop has more funds.
The average cost to send a free gift box of sauce to a deployed servicemember is currently around $25. The entire amount of all donations received is used solely to pay for the cost of the sauces & gift boxes and the cost of shipping. The Carolina Sauce Company donates the labor involved in running the program, pays for all of the overhead, and contributes a portion of the costs for each gift box. If you would like to send a free gift box of sauce to a member of our armed forces serving far from home, and bring a smile to his or her face, please donate to Operation Sauce Drop or shop to support OSD. No donation is too small, and our troops will thank you for your support!