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Yes, yes, yes. It's that time again. Time for the awesomeness that is Netroots for the Troops®.
You've been reading some pretty heartfelt NFTT posts this week. I wrote one of my own back in February called "Nobody Understands".
This is not one of those posts.
In this post, I shall ask you for your money and your time. In return, I promise you an experience that you will cherish and remember for the rest of your life.
Netroots for the Troops is, as I have said before, something that "takes 364 days and 23 and half hours to get ready for and 33 minutes to make happen." Part of that 364 days and 23 and half hours is raising the funds needed to purchase the items for our CARE packages and then putting the logistics in place to pull off the 33-Minute Miracle.
Here's what we started with last year [all images courtesy of kayakbiker, used with permission]:
This is what we do with it:
jlms_qkw on the left, Jonathan Tasini on the right.
Common Sense Mariner and texasmom front and center
Here's video of the process:
None of this happens without YOU.
Last year, I was honored to be Chief Pootie & Woozle Herder (aka volunteer coordinator) for the NFTT effort. It's an important role because, as we all know, without close supervision, pooties and woozles can get into mischief.
In fact, last year while my back was turned, we almost lost Netroots for the Troops Fearless Leader and Chief TexDem to Bill in Portland Maine who Darth Vadered him when I wasn't looking:
So, in addition to making a generous donation to the cause (Team Eclectablog has a $1,500 goal), I need
pooties and woozles VOLUNTEERS! If you can help during the 2012 Netroots Nation, I need to hear from you. We need volunteers to:
- Staff the booth
- Assemble boxes
- Help with set-up for the 33-Minute Miracle
- Fill CARE package boxes during the 33-minute Miracle
- Generally help with any emergencies that pop-up during the week
If you can help, please email me at email@example.com. I will be putting up a Google Spreadsheet soon so that we can begin to assign folks to shifts but I need to begin hearing from you NOW.
One more thing: Want to be an assistant Pootie and Woozle Herder? I need a couple of assistants. If that's something you'd be interested in, please let me know.
For more pictures of last year's event and the dramatic story of our Fearless Leader TexDem's emergency trip to the hospital and emergency surgery immediately following Netroots Nation 2011, check out my recap post from last year HERE.
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