― Mother Teresa
Hang around the non- profit community long enough and you are sure to see a quote like this posted to a desk or on a social media page. Themes of Love, Service, Purpose. Quotes from famous people, scripture, letters from those touched by and had lives changed by the mission.
It’s easy to dismiss them as simple motivational tools, especially when it seems that needs are overwhelming and resources always scarce. But there is a deeper reason why these phrases are common and enduring.
They are true.
There is a joy in giving, in lifting another up, in showing someone the goodness in others and themselves, at times when they can’t see a way through.
Today, on #GivingTuesday, charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together with one focus. Join in and be a part of a national movement of generosity. Whether it’s our mission or community food programs or clean water or curing disease, you can make a difference. Here are some easy ways you can get involved on #GivingTuesday and throughout the year in Operation Homefront’s mission to support our nation’s military, veterans and wounded warrior families.
Make Some Noise. Tweet tweet! Our wonderful partners at the Home Depot Foundation are donating a dollar a tweet using #TeamDepot to @HomeDepotFdn from Dec 3 until Dec. 31. You’ll not only raise much needed funds (up to $100,000!), but also awareness of the challenges of our military families and wounded warriors. Follow us on Twitter at @Op_Homefront.
Click and Give. Once again, Operation Homefront is honored to have been selected as one of 10 charities to receive a portion of a $200,000 gift from the CDW Corporation. For a mouse click, you can help raise funds for our mission. Voting is open from now until Jan. 3,2014, and you can vote daily.
Don an Elf Hat and Donate a Toy for a Military Family: Between now and Dec. 6, you can donate a toy for our Holiday Toy Drive. Toys will be distributed nationwide in the coming weeks at bases and towns across the country.
Encourage A Child: We all know them…the youngest patriots who didn’t choose to serve but make sacrifices of their own as part of a military family. They endure multiple moves, separations from loved ones and so much more on behalf of all of America’s kids. Take a moment and nominate a military kid to be considered for our Military Child of the Year award. Just by being nominated, they will receive a certificate of appreciation from us.
Volunteer: Many of our events, such as Holiday Meals for Military and our Toy Drives, along with Back to School Brigade and other programs throughout the year rely on our community of volunteers to make it happen. Connect up with your local Field Office to see how you can get involved in supporting military families in your community and other ways to get involved in our mission.
Support One of Our Current Needs: Emergency assistance requests have hit an all-time high this year, and it is only through the generous support of individuals, businesses and organizations that we are able to provide a measure of comfort and hope to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. We regularly post ongoing and current needs on our website.
Raise Awareness: Learn more about How We Help and our areas of focus: Relief, Recovery and Recognition. Getting the word out that help is available and where to go will ensure that our military families and wounded warriors can focus on their missions and challenges.
Are you taking part in a #GivingTuesday event in your area? Share in the comments.