The countdown has begun. There is less than a weekend left of the current campaign partnership with eMailOurMilitary (eMOM) and Mary Kay Sales Director, Nancy Sutherland to get sun care and skin care packages to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Having raised just under $2,000 so far the campaign moves forward with heart and spirit - the heart and spirit with which it's driven by it's founder Trish Forant, a military wife, daughter of veteran, and avid troop fan.
As a bonus, as if supporting the troops both emotionally and with goodies weren't enough, eMOM returns to the top contributors great thank you gifts like twitter tee's, coffee mugs, and more. If you're in a position to donate either time or money, I'd encourage anyone to do so. I can personally testify that even the smallest of things of this nature go farther than you'd think with our troops.
The team consists completely of volunteers from all walks of life - each that puts aside political views to band together in various ways to provide support to US soldiers however they can. As an Infantry veteran, it's my pleasure to post a quick blurb about what eMOM is about and their efforts thus far and some media about them that you may have missed.
eMOM began in 2001 as a response to the Department of Defense's cancellation of the 'Any Service Member' and 'Operation Dear Abby' mail programs. Using email, this effort picked up where these programs left off - providing a safe way for civilians to be matched with service men and women that are interested in corresponding via email while deployed.
Recently in the twittersphere news arena (yeah, I said it) was Mark Davidson's interview with Forant (@MailOurMilitary) on TwitterStars.com where various social media efforts are showcased as helping the cause. Additional media about the eMOM efforts range from television to radio to my beloved Stars and Stripes - check out the media list here. You can also find out more about the project by hitting the eMail Our Military Blog.
Thanks for all you do, eMOM!