Elaine, who received the e-mail through my friends at ReDefeat Bush works at MCI and reports:
Here is MCI's November 16 press release:
Another recipient passed the e-mail onto her office manager and that law firm is adopting the injured troops at Walter Reed as their "holiday family" this year and will be sending phone cards up.
Katy mined for further gold at MCI, and got this response:
MCI Public Relations
(phone and contact info was provided)
And she spoke to Staff Sgt. Joe Lee at Walter Reed: "He's been put in charge of answering queries from people about the phone cards because of the overwhelming response from around the country!! He said that last month, they used 55,000 minutes for calling home - and they're received almost that much since Geri sent out her email last week! Can you believe it!!? This is a testament to how one person CAN make a difference." (note that the plea for assistance has circulated widely on blogs. I just added my hub.)
Liz bought four phone cards (each worth 100 minutes) and mailed them, with a card. "I made a point of noting that I -- that we all -- support the troops and included my affiliation with my county Democratic party as a precinct captain. I think it's vital that we let these guys know that we Democrats support them (even if we don't support the war, though I held off on adding that clause)."
Lynn wrote: My sister sent the Walter Reed address on to the girl scout troop and the girls are going to try and organize to buy some phone cards.
Bryan reported: "I picked up three Costco cards yesterday. I spoke with the manager. He told me that he had given the same to a lady as a Costco contribution and would provide another three if she stopped by in December. Congratulations on securing $120 for the troops!"
Bryan thinks we could make this a continuing commitment to help the troops who have are suffering the most.
It is just a thought. I would be happy knowing that at any minute, round the clock, an injured soldier would be able call their loved one thanks to us. In World War II, everyone was asked to make sacrifices to help the war effort. That feeling of unity was healthy for the country. Now, most of us continue our struggle for the greenback while a select few, mostly lower-income people, wage our war for us. We have not been called upon to make any sacrifice. In fact, the expense of the war has been fobbed off on future generations. Thank you for offering me this way to feel like I am making at least a small sacrifice to support our troops.
I would bet that Costco would help us whittle down the 65 head count with an ongoing contribution from them as well. In fact, we could petition other businesses for support. Perhaps all of the cards could be sent to you and you could then include a note listing the contributors for that month's minutes.
Well, now there IS an easy way to bundle our goodwill on behalf of Democrats. Nick, who helped lead the Sinclair boycott, has set up an easy way to capture our donations. So far his collected donations were able to buy over 20,000 minutes of long distance for our wounded soldiers.
The more people brainstormed on the idea, the more they wanted to give. (Even Bettina's Rotary Club has joined in!)
From Elaine in No VA again:
That address, again, to send phone cards of any amount:
Medical Family Assistance Center
Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Building 2, Third Floor, Room 3E01
Washington, DC 20307-5001
We have the POWER to make a difference in this world -- even if we lose our elections...