Skip to comments.A SPECIAL REQUEST(Can you spare a dollar Joe?)
Posted on 06/26/2012 4:40:42 PM PDT by Steve Newton
I hope this is not an improper request. But since the Silver Star Families of America was practically born on FR I wanted to make a request for donations. We have had so many requests for our food coupon books to give to homeless vets that go to V.A. Medical Centers that we have run out of funds.
Also our Chaplain run Prayer Blankets for our Hospice vets program is in the red.
The mission of the Silver Star Families of America is to remember, honor and assist the wounded, ill, injured and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars.
We take on the jobs that few want but that must be done. If you can help--thanks. If not prayers are always welcome.
God bless my FRiends.
Weve all come a long way together. From a group of eight people we are sitting at around 5000 members nationwide and growing. In less than ten years we started a national holiday for our wounded, ill, injured and dying Armed Force members. May 1st is now nationally recognized.
We buy food coupons for our homeless veterans; We send cards and letters to our hospitalized vets; We send Service Banners out by the hundreds every month; We adopt wounded at Christmas and we also remember our incarcerated veterans; We support homeless stand downs by providing surplus property and our tunes for troops program forwards used I-Pods to our hospitalized vets; And we send Prayer Blankets to our dying veterans who may need comfort.
Our members have provided more than 3 million dollars in donated time and material to the V.A. and we have also provided over 1 million dollars in donated law enforcement equipment to our troops. We provide testimony to the Senate, advocate for our wounded and support the start of veterans courts across the country.
Yes we have all come a long way together.
We do our very best to never exploit our wounded, ill or dying, but I can tell you a story. This story involves our Prayer Blankets. We usually send them to the V.A. hospitals which have hospice units along with a short note or Bible verse. The V.A. gives them to whoever wants one.
Now these are special order blankets because they must meet V.A. standards so we must purchase them.
But the stories we have been told break the heart: Of our dying never letting go of the blanket: Of the dying requesting to be buried with them: Of the blankets being given as a keepsake to family or to a cherished care giver.
We never leave anyone behind and that is on account of you and your generosity. Again we do things that most organizations dont do and I am proud of that.
While we are not a large organization with membership in the millions, but we are no longer a small organization and we get a lot done. But here is the thing---we have the income of a small organization. Maybe its because I dont ask oftenI dont really know. But we simply must pick up our fund raising or we will have to start cutting back on all our programs.
I know many of us are poor and the economy is bad and I know many of you give of your time. (And THANK YOU) Some folks give over and over and without you folks I dont know where we would be.
But here is what I am going to ask everyone that is not giving or actively working on a project: Can you afford to give a dollar a monthevery month? Stick it in an envelope and mail it to us. (If you need a tax letter please send two dollars so we can keep one or we can send you a letter at the end of the year.) Can you afford 5 bucks a month? We could expand our programs on that much. Do you work for a business that might want to help? Do you go to a Church that might be interested?
The point my friends, is that this is YOUR organization. It always has been. All the credit goes to you for all the good we have done. You should all be proud. But we cant let up and we will never be able to. The wounded, ill, injured and dying will always be with us. And there will always be wars.
If we must we can cut back and suspend all programs except the Service Banners. But if we do this we will not be living up to our mission.
So I ask you my friend----Can you spare a buck? Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless you all.
The Silver Star Families of America (EIN-20-3940415) 525 Cave Hollow Rd. Clever, MO. 65631
By the way
If you have been wounded, injured or contracted a serious illness in a war zone, visit our site and request a Service Banner.
Thanks Doc and Mnehring
Steve.... read your ‘about page’. Am curious what town / city you were the Police Chief of.
Best to you.
Spent most of my time in Springfield MO.
Took a little job in Clever, Mo.
I thank you Navy Vet.
And I appreciate all you have done and all you do now.
I’m sorry I can’t commit to a monthly donation, but did contribute a one-time donation. Thanks for all you do Steve.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You can do only what you can.
God bless you
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Thanks Navy vet!
Just saw this on Jimmy Fallon’s show. He had on Ed Norton and he mentioned this site. I am sure it will help you in some way.
Thank you so much. Will check it out!