Oh my word, what a weekend! My sale did so much better than I could have ever imagined and I made so.many.care.packages the past few days. I can’t thank you all enough for shopping with me; I love being a small part of your deployment journey. But what I love even more are posts like today’s, when I get to share my quarterly donation recipient.
Each quarter, I donate 10% of each sale to an organization that supports military families. It’s my favorite part of the job and is a small way of paying forward the generosity my customers show by shopping with me. I’ve previously given to United Through Reading and Service Dogs for Heroes. For the third quarter of 2017, I’m happy to announce that my donation will be made to Operation Homefront.
One of my requirements for each organization is that they are a non-profit in good standing; I research each one through Charity Navigator, and since doing this, they have pointed me in the direction of various nonprofit organizations in cleveland ohio, allowing me to see the different types of charities that are out there. I’m not just limiting myself to a certain location. During my search through the Charity Navigator, which independently ranks each non-profit on a variety of criteria, allows me to make sure that my money (and your money) is going to the right spot. It put a huge smile on my face to see that Operation Homefront puts 92% of its funds towards programming. And they have some fantastic programs that assist military families.
Operation Homefront focuses on three categories of assistance for military families: relief (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), resiliency (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and recurring support (programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems).
The impact Operation Homefront has on military families is astounding and you can view their lifelong impact report here. What speaks to me is that their true focus is the military family as a whole; when one member struggles, the entire family struggles and organizations that support the entire family should be celebrated.
You can learn more about Operation Homefront and their many assistance programs on their website.
Many thanks to all who have shopped with me the past few months and to all those who will shop with me in the future!