Operation Yellow Ribbon; a PJ inspired non-profit to boost morale of our Brave women/men in uniform

elwayvedderelwayvedder South JerseyPosts: 7,530
A special thanks to PJ, 10c, Vitalogy Foundation and the Mods for all they do and for these forums.

Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey (www.OperationYellowRibbonSouthJersey.org) is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit that works very hard each and every week to send care packages to our brave women and men serving our great country who are deployed to the Middle East including areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, and more. Every penny raised goes to our care package expenses as we spend over 6K a month on shipping and purchasing the care package items.

Care package recipients have included many Pearl Jam fans or relatives of PJ fans including members of these forums here.

This non-profit is inspired by this amazing band as they speak and have spoken out for our Veterans and those that who have or had protected and provided our daily freedoms.

A tremendous thanks to all the PJ fans who have assisted with fund-raising by donating merch, participating in fundraising events and more.

-EV
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  • dankinddankind Everybody knows this is nowherePosts: 8,832
    OYR? Never heard of it.
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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 9,086
    Wonderful man and group of people here in South Jersey - see EV for the many ways you can assist
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  • whispering handswhispering hands Under your skinPosts: 13,527
    Yes! My cousin received one of these care packages, and to this day, still talks about what it meant to him! You are truly an inspiration! Thank you for working so hard to brighten the days of our service men and women!
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 35,573
    Great charity, and elwayvedder is our shining example of active dedication to a cause.
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  • PJ_Soul said:

    Great charity, and elwayvedder is our shining example of active dedication to a cause.

    Agree. :bow:
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  • armyfanarmyfan Posts: 278
    I love elwayvedder!! And hes da man for what he does!! A true man among men!! Keep it up my brotha!!
  • YES
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  • Ernie VedderErnie Vedder Bell Gardens, CAPosts: 1,628
    Ooh Rah!
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  • A great charity...for a great cause...run by a great human being. I am honored to have donated a bit this year and cannot wait until next tour when I can once again do whatever I can to assist ElwayVedder & his OYR.
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  • Yes! My cousin received one of these care packages, and to this day, still talks about what it meant to him! You are truly an inspiration! Thank you for working so hard to brighten the days of our service men and women!

    That's awesome!

    Love what OYR is doing!
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  • I personally can attest to the dedication ElwayVedder gives to this organization. His devotion to helping others even beyond his OYR is nothing less than mind boggling. The man is inspiring. And he's a blood donor too, which is one of my personal passions.
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  • That feeling I had the night EV, his wife, OYR, and Warriors' Watch Riders caught my girlfriend (who's a vet) and I by surprise by doing one of those famous Mug and Hugs for us, is one of the best feelings I've ever had my entire life and I'm sure the same goes for my girl. What I find crazy is it all started with EV trying to find a Philly 1 ticket for me last spring. My love for PJ led me to OYR and that's just one of the many ways this great band connects all of us.

    EV, you're one of the most selfless people I know, man and I'm glad I stumbled upon this great organization. Looking forward to many future events with you and OYR!
  • cutzcutz Posts: 6,282
    edited September 2016
    Operation Yellow Ribbon -- a charity that provides care packages to our troops overseas. People can feel free to paypal http://www.operationyellowribbonsouthjersey.org/ or they can mail checks to:

    OYRSJ
    PO BOX 43
    Marlton, NJ 08053
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  • cutz said:

    Operation Yellow Ribbon -- a charity that provides care packages to our troops overseas. People can feel free to paypal: OperationYellowRibbonSJ@gmail.com or they can mail checks to:

    OYRSJ
    PO BOX 43
    Marlton, NJ 08053

    This needs to be repeated^^^
  • cutzcutz Posts: 6,282
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, elwayvedder .
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 17,661

    That feeling I had the night EV, his wife, OYR, and Warriors' Watch Riders caught my girlfriend (who's a vet) and I by surprise by doing one of those famous Mug and Hugs for us, is one of the best feelings I've ever had my entire life and I'm sure the same goes for my girl. What I find crazy is it all started with EV trying to find a Philly 1 ticket for me last spring. My love for PJ led me to OYR and that's just one of the many ways this great band connects all of us.

    EV, you're one of the most selfless people I know, man and I'm glad I stumbled upon this great organization. Looking forward to many future events with you and OYR!

    Great post! And great organization :)
  • FoxyRedLaFoxyRedLa Lauren / MIPosts: 4,219
    What non PJ items are in these care packages?

    Have you put up pix of these packages?
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  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 23,679
    I donated for the first time recently. Great cause!!!
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  • ldent42ldent42 NYCPosts: 7,817
    OYR is my favorite.
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  • LanaJayLanaJay Posts: 512
    Our troops, our heroes!
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,104
    edited October 2016
    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.
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  • elwayvedderelwayvedder South JerseyPosts: 7,530

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    Who do I make the check out to Marsha? Lol. Thank you for the kind words and great seeing you
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 17,661

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    Beautiful, P & E :)
  • crookedcrosscrookedcross NJPosts: 432

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    did that "young" man happen to have a terrible mustache? haha
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 9,086

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    Living in this area, I have rolled up to a Shoprite more than once, not recalling it was an OYR collection day, and have seen Dave there.
    Odds are good at seeing Dave out helping others at any point here in South Jersey. :rock_on:
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  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,104

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    did that "young" man happen to have a terrible mustache? haha

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    did that "young" man happen to have a terrible mustache? haha
    Was that you? Nice meet you (again). I've been around this place for years, always nice to meet another member. Thanks for the work you do too.
    GIVE BLOOD
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,104

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    Living in this area, I have rolled up to a Shoprite more than once, not recalling it was an OYR collection day, and have seen Dave there.
    Odds are good at seeing Dave out helping others at any point here in South Jersey. :rock_on:
    I first met him when he coordinated ALL 4 Spectrum closing pre parties. I donated some PJ items so I met him personally. Coordinating those events period took a huge personal effort and they were a phenomenal success. Over the years, I've donated cash, food items and even cooked a full turkey dinner and fixings for his feed the needy campaign during the holidays. The man NEVER stops. He's probably even donated more blood than me and that is one of my true passions, and one I encourage anyone who can can to do so.

    You've inspired me again Dave, I need to do more. I'm not wealthy but I can give my time. I'll be in touch. i hope those reading this get the itch to do more too.
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  • crookedcrosscrookedcross NJPosts: 432

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    did that "young" man happen to have a terrible mustache? haha

    I went to Shoprite in town where I grew up yesterday. Dad still lives in the area, was picking up a few items before my visit. Outside the store I was approached by a young man from OYR handing me a list of needed items for donation. In the store I encountered the one and only ElwayVedder. Immediately I said, I should have known it was you behind this. This is a man who truly walks the walk, I've known him for years now. His giving of his time and effort to help others is mind boggling as well as contagious. You are an angel among us Dave. I could say keep up the good work, but there's no doubt you will. God bless you and yours.

    did that "young" man happen to have a terrible mustache? haha
    Was that you? Nice meet you (again). I've been around this place for years, always nice to meet another member. Thanks for the work you do too.
    Hahaha Yeah that was probably me. If you're the lady Dave introduced to me, then yes, it was me. Guess I'm also the only one with a terrible 'stache. Nice to meet you too and please, it's the least I could do for my deployed brothers and sisters. Thank you for your support.
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,104
    Yes I would be that lady.
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