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The economy is still on shaky legs, the market is all over the place and some of you have been unemployed or under-employed for a very long time. Folks are disillusioned, frustrated and discouraged.  Perhaps even afraid.

This is a call to set aside all that for a moment. A call to compassion.

Genuine politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the only politics I am willing to devote myself to -- is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole. Vaclav Havel

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.  HH the Dalai Lama

A flower for you - photo by Frank Peters

NETROOTS FOR THE TROOPS exists to create and ship hundreds of care packages to our troops overseas. We need your help. Your donation, no matter how small it might seem to you, will help us get quality items and send more packages. But donations have dropped significantly this year - and so my challenge to compassion.

You don't have to support the current military actions (let's just call them wars, shall we?) to have compassion for the men and women serving overseas in our military: father, mothers, brothers and sisters, far from home and doing their jobs the best way they know how. Some you'd agree with politically, others you wouldn't. But as human beings they deserve our attention and concern.

You know, there's a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit -- the ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us -- the child who's hungry, the steelworker who's been laid-off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town. When you think like this -- when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers -- it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.  Barack Obama


Here's how much I believe in this effort: My fiance (trs here on Daily Kos) and I are asking for donations to Netroots For The Troops in lieu of wedding gifts. It really is that important.
Thanks for reading. Please consider donating. Photo by iriti

Our goal for Netroots For The Troops 2010 is $100,000.00  (cash or in-kind donations). Donate here!

We realize that you would like 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.

Here’s how YOU can help:

  1. 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 who could donate products, see below* for a list of potential items.  Put your thinking caps on and let us hear from you.  It takes time to get through the corporate processes so we need to hear from you ASAP!
  1. We are accepting cash from individuals and beg ask that you donate here to contribute to this worthy cause.  Your donation will enable us to purchase the things that we are unable to obtain through corporate donations, and will help to pay the costs of shipping them to our troops.
  1. Netroots For The Troops is introducing NFTT 2010 Personal/Team Fundraising Pages.. It will empower each of you to multiply your personal donations by creating a Personal NFTT 2010 Fundraising Page. Through this page you will be able to approach your friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues etc 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.  
  1. Sign up for a diary! Our goal is to post two diaries per day until NN10.  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 Khloemi if you are interested in posting a diary.
  1. Do you know a service member who would like to receive a care package?  Email your request to:  before June 25, 2010.

Please include all of the following information. Unfortunately we will not be able to process any incomplete requests:
    Last name:
    First name:
    APO Address Line 1:
    APO Address Line 2:
    APO Address Zip:

  1. 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.
  1. 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
   * More suggestions coming soon

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 StormBearand is a great resource for giving.

As of March 1, 2010, Monthly donations are no longer being deducted. Please consider donating the difference here.


Originally posted to iriti on Fri May 07, 2010 at 02:00 PM PDT.

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