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

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  • armyfanarmyfan Posts: 282
    Thank you to all of our veterans today. Thank you to all who are currently serving our country. None of us would be where we are without your contributions. Go army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard, reserves, etc!!!!!!!!!! Thank you.
  • cutzcutz Posts: 6,494
    edited December 2016
    http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/good-doers/to-the-troops-with-care-from-operation-yellow-ribbon/article_33cc1556-c6c2-11e6-b9f8-bf6bf092f6b4.html

    GREAT work Dave!!

    I don't think the link stays up for more the 24 hours, so:

    To the troops, with care, from Operation Yellow Ribbon

    For several years, Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey has tirelessly shown its support for U.S. troops stationed in the war-torn Middle East by sending them care packages and giving them a warm welcome home when they finally return from deployment.

    For the nonprofit organization’s volunteers, it’s the least they can do to show their thanks for the sacrifices soldiers make to secure the freedoms Americans enjoy.

    “We don’t forget,” said Dave Silver, Operation Yellow Ribbon's co-founder and president.


    Silver pointed out that U.S. troops have been stationed in Afghanistan for more than 15 years and in Iraq for more than 13 years.

    “These guys and girls are now on seven, eight, nine deployments over that time,” he said. “It’s a toll.”

    Operation Yellow Ribbon is actually an offshoot of the Yellow Ribbon Club, founded in 2005 by former Evesham resident Leslie Drummond and a group of neighbors who wanted to show support for her son and his Army unit, which was then stationed in Iraq. In 2012, Drummond and her husband decided to pass the torch onto the numerous other groups that had formed for a similar purpose.

    It was then that a handful of Yellow Ribbon Club volunteers, including Silver, also an Evesham resident, decided to continue the Drummonds’ positive vibe. Operation Yellow Ribbon was created.

    “Every year, more and more people realize the purpose of what we’re doing,” Silver said. “It makes so many people feel good to be part of it that each year it just gets bigger and bigger.”

    The nonprofit partners with the Warriors' Watch Riders and other patriotic groups as well as local first responders and municipal organizations to provide a “rock star” welcome home for soldiers returning from active duty in the Middle East. The celebration usually features firetrucks, a motorcycle escort, and a crowd of flag-waving supporters.

    The group also collects donated items year round for its care packages, in response to the numerous requests it receives on a regular basis from troops and their friends and families. The items are shipped directly to the soldiers.

    “We always thought how nice it would be to get your own piece of mail while you’re in harm’s way, away from your loved ones,” Silver said.

    Operation Yellow Ribbon ships care packages two to three times every week. Last year, it spent nearly $40,000 on shipping costs and about the same amount on buying care package items when donations were low. In 2015, the group sent just over 50,000 pounds of packages, a significant jump from its first year, when 33,000 pounds were shipped. The organization has already surpassed last year’s amount.

    “The support in the area, through businesses, through schools, churches, synagogues, youth groups, Scouting groups, it’s just mind-boggling how everybody just gets on board,” Silver said. “It just keeps growing. It’s just amazing.”

    Silver said social media has played a huge part in the growth of Operation Yellow Ribbon's outreach. It has become a forum for the group to market itself, as well as to communicate recipients' gratitude for their care packages.

    Silver said he would love for Operation Yellow Ribbon to be taken under the wing of a corporate sponsor, which would provide him with the funds and time to focus more on marketing its mission. Even more appealing to Silver would be seeing the group’s efforts come to an end.

    “That would mean that everybody’s home,” he said. “That’s the end game I want.”


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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 18,147
    Awesome and uplifting read :)
  • elwayvedderelwayvedder South JerseyPosts: 7,614
    Thanks @cutz . That was nice of you to share!
  • elwayvedderelwayvedder South JerseyPosts: 7,614
    As you may know Operation Yellow Ribbon is an all-volunteer 501c3 US Service Member support group that sends over 50,000 pounds of morale boosting care packages each year to our brave women and men serving in the US Armed Forces and deployed to the Middle East.

    OYR is truly inspired by the activism of Pearl Jam and the amazing give and take relationship between the fan and the band.

    We've had many Pearl Jam fans or family members of forum members here be care package recipients in the past.
    So many of you have helped in the past and have been beyond generous.  With that said, I come here asking for your help again today:

    Please vote for OYR by visiting https://www.thewawafoundation.org/hero-award/

    We truly need your help. We try not to ask for too much during the year but this is a time we TRULY NEED YOUR HELP.

    We are beyond thrilled to announce that Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey is one of four finalists for this year's Wawa Foundation Hero Award! OYR has a 1 in 4 chance of winning $50,000 which will truly help us with our mission of providing morale boosting care packages and smiles to our brave U.S. Military Personnel deployed to the Middle East.

    1) Please vote for OYR by visiting https://www.thewawafoundation.org/hero-award/

    Voting is limited to once per email address. You can vote June 15th through June 29th. The Wawa Foundation Hero Award will be announced on Independence Day morning as part of a ceremony on July 4th in front of Independence Hall. The recipient of The Wawa Foundation Hero Award will receive a $50,000 grant and the three runners up will receive $10,000 each.

    Thank you for "all that you give and nothing you take"


    For the Troops,

    -EV

  • nuzzer1nuzzer1 New JerseyPosts: 693
    easy quick vote - took two seconds for a f-ing awesome cause....good luck @elwayvedder
  • elwayvedderelwayvedder South JerseyPosts: 7,614
    nuzzer1 said:
    easy quick vote - took two seconds for a f-ing awesome cause....good luck @elwayvedder
    thank you my friend!
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 9,874
    Just got back after a week and a half away and saw this....daily voting commences!
    Rob
    Seattle

    Berkeley 10/31/93,Indio 11/5/93,San Diego 11/7/95,Irvine 6/3/03,LA 7/10/06,Universal City 10/7/09,Long Beach 7/6/11 (EV),Vancouver 9/25/11, Philly 9/2/12,Wrigley 7/19/13,Philly 1 & 2,10/21/13,10/22/13, Cincy 10/1/14, GCF 9/26/15, Philly 1/2 4/28/16, 4/29/16, MSG 1/2 5/1/16, 5/2/16, Fenway2 8/7/16
  • elwayvedderelwayvedder South JerseyPosts: 7,614
    Thanks Brett! Just need to vote once per email address
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 9,874
    Thanks Brett! Just need to vote once per email address
    Good point, can vote more than 1x per day!
    Rob
    Seattle

    Berkeley 10/31/93,Indio 11/5/93,San Diego 11/7/95,Irvine 6/3/03,LA 7/10/06,Universal City 10/7/09,Long Beach 7/6/11 (EV),Vancouver 9/25/11, Philly 9/2/12,Wrigley 7/19/13,Philly 1 & 2,10/21/13,10/22/13, Cincy 10/1/14, GCF 9/26/15, Philly 1/2 4/28/16, 4/29/16, MSG 1/2 5/1/16, 5/2/16, Fenway2 8/7/16
  • cutzcutz Posts: 6,494
    edited July 6
    CONGRATS, Dave. Well deserved!!!

    Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey honored for its "hero" work

    EVESHAM − Volunteers at a local nonprofit that is on the front lines of caring for local service members had 50,000 reasons to celebrate over the Independence Day holiday.

    Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey won the grand prize of $50,000 in the Wawa Foundation Hero Award competition at a Fourth of July celebration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The township-based nonprofit prepares care packages for troops serving in the Middle East and coordinates welcome-home celebrations for veterans.

    It was the largest monetary gift Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, founded in 2012, has ever received from a single source, whether by donation, award or other means, according to president and founder Dave Silver.

    “It’s jaw-dropping. We’ve never seen something like this,” the Evesham resident said.

    Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey will use the award funds to continue supporting troops overseas.

    Around 150 care packages filled with basic necessities like toothbrushes, shaving cream and deodorant, as well as special reminders of home like Tastycakes and cookies,  donated by the community are mailed each month. Most weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and are assembled by volunteers, Silver said.

    “We send enough to make sure that they can share it with their battle buddies and spread the wealth,” he said.

    Volunteers also organize about 50 homecoming celebrations each year for local veterans returning home from service overseas. On Sunday, Operation Yellow Ribbon hosted a celebration for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Peters, of Maple Shade, when he returned home on Sunday after a seven-month deployment to the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

    Silver said the homecomings and all the work of Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey is to ensure current service men and women aren't treated poorly as past veterans, particularly those who returned from the Vietnam War.

    "A generation ago, for whatever reasons, our brave Americans weren't welcomed home so nicely," he said. "So in turn, to make sure that never happens again, we use the very same freedoms our service members protect and provide to welcome them home properly, but also work hard to send them care packages so they know they are not forgotten."

    On Tuesday, Silver accepted the award alongside about 17 volunteers with the nonprofit at the ceremony. 

    He knows the group's accomplishments could not have been possible without his team of about 30 volunteers who often give up lunch hours, evenings and weekends to prepare care packages and plan events.

    “It’s just commentary on how hard our volunteers work,” Silver said of the award.

    Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey was one of 125 charities in the Philadelphia region to apply for the award, which honors local nonprofits committed to assisting others and building stronger communities through preserving independence, protecting safety, and mentoring and inspiring young people.

    The Evesham group was one of four finalists selected by the Wawa Foundation, and the public was asked to vote for their favorite over the last two weeks of June.

    The three other finalists were Emily's Entourage, out of Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, which raises money and awareness to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis, with a focus on rare mutations; Lighthouse Inc., which provides educational, recreational and economic improvement programs to families and individuals in North Philadelphia; and the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, which promotes childhood literacy by engaging volunteers in Philadelphia public schools through reopening and staffing libraries and offering academic mentoring to students in need.

    Silver thought the nonprofit had a fair chance of winning because it has always received an outpouring of support from the community. But he knew his competitors deserved the award just as much, he said.

    “All three of them are amazing in their own way, and I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want to take $50,000 away from them,' " Silver said.

    But a great aspect of the Hero Award program, Silver added, was that all three runners-up received $10,000.

    The $50,000 award is enough to solely fund the nonprofit’s efforts for seven to eight months, but Silver said most will be reserved in case of financial emergencies to allow their work to continue.

    “We’re going to keep doing this until they’re all home,” he said.

    Story by:

    Danielle DeSisto >Burlington County Times


  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 9,874
    Awesome!!!
    Seeing the pic was a beautiful thing.
    Rob
    Seattle

    Berkeley 10/31/93,Indio 11/5/93,San Diego 11/7/95,Irvine 6/3/03,LA 7/10/06,Universal City 10/7/09,Long Beach 7/6/11 (EV),Vancouver 9/25/11, Philly 9/2/12,Wrigley 7/19/13,Philly 1 & 2,10/21/13,10/22/13, Cincy 10/1/14, GCF 9/26/15, Philly 1/2 4/28/16, 4/29/16, MSG 1/2 5/1/16, 5/2/16, Fenway2 8/7/16
  • cutzcutz Posts: 6,494
    Awesome!!!
    Seeing the pic was a beautiful thing.

    I don't know how to post the picture, but even if i did, i wouldn't, just in case Dave wants to be hidden from the public>LOL!!!


  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 9,874
    cutz said:
    Awesome!!!
    Seeing the pic was a beautiful thing.

    I don't know how to post the picture, but even if i did, i wouldn't, just in case Dave wants to be hidden from the public>LOL!!!


    In the other thread he shares the pic and someone else shared the video of it being announced. No hiding for celebrities!  :)

    Rob
    Seattle

    Berkeley 10/31/93,Indio 11/5/93,San Diego 11/7/95,Irvine 6/3/03,LA 7/10/06,Universal City 10/7/09,Long Beach 7/6/11 (EV),Vancouver 9/25/11, Philly 9/2/12,Wrigley 7/19/13,Philly 1 & 2,10/21/13,10/22/13, Cincy 10/1/14, GCF 9/26/15, Philly 1/2 4/28/16, 4/29/16, MSG 1/2 5/1/16, 5/2/16, Fenway2 8/7/16
  • cutzcutz Posts: 6,494
    cutz said:
    Awesome!!!
    Seeing the pic was a beautiful thing.

    I don't know how to post the picture, but even if i did, i wouldn't, just in case Dave wants to be hidden from the public>LOL!!!


    In the other thread he shares the pic and someone else shared the video of it being announced. No hiding for celebrities!  :)

    HAHAHA>I guess you're right . (I just saw the other thread on the Porch, but i didn't see the video.)
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,110
    I first met Dave the week of the final Spectrum shows. He personally arranged and successfully managed all 4 pre-parties during that fabulous once in a life time spectacular event.  He's had my back ever since. I only wish I had his energy. I'm beyond thrilled that OYR was the recipient of the hero award.  This grant will be used to give our troops abroad the comfort that people here at home have not forgotten them and appreciate the sacrifice they have made for our freedom. 
    GIVE BLOOD
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,110
    I attended my first hero's welcome home last Sunday. Surprised myself how emotional I bacame when our hero and his father entered the parking lot.  OYR accomplishes so much for so many and Dave makes this all happen. 

    GIVE BLOOD
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 18,147
    I attended my first hero's welcome home last Sunday. Surprised myself how emotional I bacame when our hero and his father entered the parking lot.  OYR accomplishes so much for so many and Dave makes this all happen. 

    This makes me :) .
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