Today I received this photograph together with the following email from a soldier who is currently serving in Afghanistan, and who received a free gift box of sauce thanks to the generosity of folks who have contributed to Operation Sauce Drop:
"Thank you for your support - you guys are great. We are enjoying the sauce - it is great. Here is a picture from OIF III (Operation Iraqi Freedom 3). Sorry it took me this long to thank you but it gets extremely hectic here but I was going to do it sooner or later. The picture is a little old but I don't have any recent one. It was taken in 2005."
The fact that he took the time to find a photo and write a note of thanks to Operation Sauce Drop contributors really touched my heart. This is just one of many emails, notes and photographs we've received from deployed military personnel who have received free gift boxes of sauce through Operation Sauce Drop. To see more photos and read other thank-you notes, just visit our Operation Sauce Drop Feedback page.
To date, Operation Sauce Drop has shipped free sauce gift boxes to 132 servicemen and women stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations far from home. Operation Sauce Drop is made possible by the generous contributions of people like you, who have donated anywhere from $5 to $300 to help us cover the cost of purchasing sauces and shipping them overseas. On average, it costs about $20 to send 1 gift box of sauce (and that's at cost - Carolina Sauce Company isn't making any money and is actually contributing towards the cost of each gift box). Military personnel with an APO/FPO mailing address can select from among 7 different free gift boxes of sauce, and Carolina Sauce Company ships them out "first come, first serve" as donations come in to fund Operation Sauce Drop.
At this time, Operation Sauce Drop has a waiting list of 104 deployed servicemen and women who have signed up to receive a free gift box of sauce. The problem is, we're currently out of funds and are waiting for more contributions so that we can purchase the sauces and ship out more gift boxes to our troops on the waiting list. You can do your part by sending in a contribution in any amount - even if it's just $5 or $10, or whatever you can afford. To contribute, just click here. And to read more about Operation Sauce Drop, just click here.
The troops thank you for your support!