Sunday, November 9, 2008

Operation Sauce Drop Update: Help!!

First, the good news: Operation Sauce Drop our nonprofit program that sends free gift boxes of sauce to active military with an APO or FPO address, will ship out another 30 (thirty!) free gift boxes tomorrow (Monday Nov. 10), thanks in great part to the generosity of two "angel" donors who each have donated hundreds of dollars to Operation Sauce Drop since its inception. This will bring our total to 283 free gift boxes of hot sauce & BBQ sauce shipped to our brave troops serving abroad. Operation Sauce Drop is made possible by the generous support of our donors, who are ordinary people just like you and me. We don't receive any government money or corporate support; rather, our donors simply give what they can when they can, even if just $5 or $10 -- and the Carolina Sauce Company matches all donations, so your dollar goes twice as far!

Now the bad news: Over the last few days we have had a flurry -- no, an AVALANCHE -- of troops signing up for free gift boxes. In fact, just today alone we've had over 50 (yes, FIFTY) troops signed up for a free gift box. This is great, BUT.... we have had ZERO (as in, $0) donations come in during this time. Here at the Carolina Sauce Company, we would love to be able to purchase and ship all of these gift boxes ourselves without asking for any donations, but the reality is that we are a family owned and operated small business and it's all we can do to match the donations we get. In fact, we also pay for all the incidental expenses associated with Operation Sauce Drop, including credit card/internet fees, and we donate the labor, shipping supplies, etc., ensuring that 100% of donations go towards the cost (at our cost, NOT retail) of the sauces and shipping.

The average cost for us to purchase and ship an Operation Sauce Drop gift box is $20, which means that your $10 donation (which we will match) will enable us to ship one more free gift box to a member of our military who is serving our country in Iraq, Afghanistan, or some other faraway location. Won't you please consider making a donation, even if only $5? You can also shop to support Operation Sauce Drop by purchasing delicious salsas donated by Pepper Dog Salsa, so that 100% of the purchase price goes directly to Operation Sauce Drop.

Please help us brighten the holidays for our military personnel stationed far from home, and possibly in harm's way. If you can donate to Operation Sauce Drop in any amount, you will help us send a taste of home to our troops and let them know that folks back home are thinking of them (and the Carolina Sauce Company will match your donation, so your dollars will go twice as far). If you don't believe that your donation can make a difference, just take a look at the Operation Sauce Drop feedback we've received.

Please help us brighten a serviceman's or servicewoman's day by donating whatever you can to Operation Sauce Drop.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- and our military thanks you, too!

Zestfully yours,

PS: If you want to learn more about Operation Sauce Drop, simply visit the older posts on this topic on this blog, including my introductory post which explains my inspiration for Operation Sauce Drop.

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