Monday, October 8, 2007

Operation Sauce Drop Report

First, many thanks to all of you who have supported Operation Sauce Drop, our project to send free sauces to US military stationed abroad, by making a monetary contribution or passing along the link, or both. I've just finished packing ten more gift boxes that will ship out tomorrow thanks to the US Postal Service's free carrier pickup. This will bring the total number of gift boxes shipped to 40, and I already have 6 more pending gift box requests from military personnel (or friends/family who have signed up a loved one stationed abroad to receive a free gift box of sauce). That's the good news.

The not-so-good news is that we currently don't have enough contributions to fulfill the pending gift box requests (or any new requests that may come in). If you haven't heard about Operation Sauce Drop before reading this post, here's a brief summary (and you can read more about it in earlier posts). The Carolina Sauce Company is sending free gift boxes of sauce to US military personnel at APO and FPO addresses. The troops can choose from seven different gift boxes (check out the military sign-up page to see the gift boxes). The cost of the sauces and of shipping via USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate is covered by donations from people like you. The Carolina Sauce Company is not making any money from Operation Sauce Drop. In fact, in addition to donating our time and labor, we are also covering all incidental costs (e.g., credit card or PayPal fees, Yahoo store fees, etc.) to ensure that 100% of all the money collected is used solely to pay for the cost of the sauces (at our cost to purchase, NOT the retail price) and the cost of shipping.

If you would like to make a donation so that we can keep sending gift boxes of sauce to our brave servicemen and women serving abroad, please visit our Operation Sauce Drop contribution page. You can donate through PayPal, by credit card, or even with a check made payable to Carolina Sauce Company with "Operation Sauce Drop" written in the memo line. No amount is too small, and every contribution is greatly appreciated by our troops -- just read earlier posts with some of the feedback and thank you notes we've received. You can also help by spreading the word about Operation Sauce Drop: tell your friends, email your colleagues with the link, post the banner link on your website or blog or forum, etc. We are anticipating a big increase in gift box requests as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, and we'd hate it if we weren't able to send a little taste of home to troops having to spend the holidays away from their loved ones. So please consider supporting Operation Sauce Drop - and you can even include a message to the troops when you make a contribution! Thank you very much for your consideration.

Zestfully yours,

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