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Oh Kos-Friends?  

There's some hair-coloring plans going on out in NFTT land.

jlms qkw, your diarist, will color her hair pink for Netroots Nation when donations total $80,000.

VeloVixen will also color her hair pink, at the $90,000 donation level.

TexDem is not enthusiastic, but there is a slot open at the $100,000 goal.  

And, a very special hair-coloring opportunity,

CA Berkeley WV is letting you, yes, you the reader, vote on her hair color.  

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Again, this year, Netroots For The Troops seeks to make a tangible thank-you in our small way to
the troops who are still serving, before they become veterans. Our mission is two-fold: shipment of CARE packages to U.S. soldiers and Marines serving in hostile regions of Iraq and Afghanistan for the duration of their deployment, and on-going financial assistance for veterans and their families upon their return to the States.

Our goal for 2010 is $100,000 (cash or in-kind donations). So far, we've raised $24,591, 25 percent of our goal. So there is a long way to go.

NFFT is a project of Netroots Arts and Education Initiative (NAEI), a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Here’s other ways you can help:

• Please contact TexDem or VeloVixen  if you know someone who might be helpful in securing the corporate, in-kind donations. To help you think of companies that could donate products, see below* for a list of potential items. It takes time to get throught he corporate processes, so we
need to hear from you ASAP!

• The cash from individuals – donate here –  will enable us to buy the things we are unable to obtain through corporate donations and help pay the costs of shipping them to our troops.

• $10 donors to Patric Juliett's team receive an ebook of Tales from the Larder.

• At the NFTT 2010 Personal/Team Fundraising Pages, you can set create a Personal NFTT 2010 Fundraising Page. This gives you a means to approach your friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues to donate to NFTT via your page. We're asking you to sign up to personally raise $1000.00. If you were a small donor last year but wanted to do more, this is a way for you to increase your donation via your contacts.

• Sign up for a diary! Our goal is to post two diaries per day until NN10, which doesn't start until July 21.  That’s a lot of diaries!  Don’t worry -- we’ve made it easy for you. We’ve got a template set up, and all you need to do is add a small introduction telling us why you are donating, sharing a story of someone you know who has served or is serving, or any other thing you want to share that might help motivate others to donate. Please contact jlms qkw if you are interested in posting a diary.

• Do you know a service member who would like to receive a care package?  Email your request to: info@netrootsforthetroops.com  before June 25, 2010.

Please include all of the following information. Unfortunately we will not be able to process any incomplete requests:

Rank:
Last name:
First name:

APO Address Line 1:
APO Address Line 2:
APO Address Zip:

• Help us assemble the packages in Vegas. It's fun! More information will be forthcoming for those of you who are going to be in Vegas and would like to help there.

• Please consider joining the NFTT FaceBook Group. Invite your FaceBook and non-FaceBook friends.

* The following list contains some of the things we would like to include in the packages. Please let us know if you know someone who might be helpful in securing these corporate in-kind donations. (Please DO NOT send these items yourself! We have no way to accept them. Instead, your cash donation is the very best way to help make this happen on the ground in Vegas.) * Baby
wipes * Mechanix gloves * LED flashlights * Gel shoe insoles  * Goop Cleaning Gel * Powdered energy drinks   * Gel energy food packets   * DVDs and CDs * Letters to the soldiers * Sand scarves & cool ties.

We realize that you may want to donate something tangible to go inside the packages that will be mailed to the troops. Unfortunately, accepting in-kind donations from individuals is not practical in terms of storage and handling of the items. Instead, we will only be accepting corporate donations or cash from you to purchase items for the care packages this year.

We are accepting
hand-written or typed letters. See Lusty's diary for details. Mail hand-written letters to Lusty, email typed letters to jlms qkw, at jlms_qkwATxmissionDOTcom

Books for Soldiers

Soldiers love to receive books, but due once again to the logistics of collecting and storing them prior to NN10, books will not be included in the packages that NFTT will put together this year. Other organizations are more specialized in the collection and
distribution of books to Iraq and Afghanistan .  If you are interested in sending books, please consider checking out the Books For Soldiers website. It is run by DKos's very own StormBear and is a great resource for giving.

Since March 1, 2010, monthly donations are no longer being deducted. Please consider donating the difference here.

Originally posted to Jenn's Corner on Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM PDT.

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