Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

One and a Half Tons of Love and Support Delivered for U.S. Veterans and Service Dogs

Monday, June 17th, 2019

3,210 pounds of Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food Arrives to Support Pairing of Veterans with Service Dogs in American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ Program

STILLWATER, OKLA., June 13, 2019 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food has delivered one and a half tons of love and support (3,210 pounds to be exact) in the form of nutritious free pet food to support two of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: America’s vets and America’s pets.

American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ program in Stillwater rescues qualified animals in need of forever homes and trains them as service dogs for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. While American Humane, which has supported military veterans and animals for more than 100 years, completely covers the cost of the dogs and their expensive training, which can run upwards of $30,000, the cost of food for these large, active service animals can be significant. Today’s donation will help feed the current class of service dogs being paired with veterans for six to eight months.

“By providing this welcome donation, Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food is helping both our brave veterans and animals who otherwise might never have found homes,” says American Humane veterinarian Lesa Staubus, DVM. “We and those who will be benefited by this extraordinary generosity are very grateful for their support.”

The delivery is part of a national effort by American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to distribute more than a million meals of premium, all-natural Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to U.S. shelters each year. Last year, Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food also supported Oklahoma City by delivering 13,000 pounds of pet food to the Pet Food Pantry in Oklahoma City.          

“This campaign provides help where it is needed most,” said Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO of American Humane, which was also recently involved in the rescue of animals in the devastating Oklahoma floods. “On behalf of all our brave veterans and the life-changing, life-saving animals who work with them, a big thank-you to our friends at Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food’s CEO Chris Mitchell said, “We are honored to play a part in helping our brave veterans and their valiant service animals and thank American Humane for advancing this vitally important work.”

Propper Donates Portion of Memorial Day Week Proceeds to USO of Missouri

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Military supporter Propper International donates over $6,400 from Memorial Day sales to the USO of Missouri.

ST. CHARLES, MO. JUNE 11, 2019

For the third year, Missouri-based tactical gear company Propper International teamed up with the USO of Missouri to honor Memorial Day and to further the USO’s mission to “strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation.”

This year’s donation of $6,404.55 included proceeds from Propper.com sales during the week leading up to and including Memorial Day.

“Propper has proudly supported our fighting men and women for over 50 years, starting with our first military contract back in 1967,” said John Negrau, VP, Marketing & eCommerce for Propper. “As a Missouri-based company, we are honored to continue to support our local USO of Missouri and the dedicated service members who use their great facilities.”

Each state’s USO branches operate independently and rely solely upon local support. The USO of Missouri is a non-profit 501(c)(3), is not part of the Department of Defense, and receives no government or military funding. All financial support comes from individual and corporate donors.

“Propper’s support and generosity over the last three years has helped us keep our facility open for service members,” said Christine Trotter, Development Director for USO of Missouri. “Without support such as theirs, we couldn’t continue to serve the over 270,000 military and their families who pass through our doors each year.”

The main USO of Missouri branch at St. Louis International Airport is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is open to all active duty military personnel and their dependents.

Frogman Down Event

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

See www.frogmandown.org for details.

Mission for the Mighty: Help Support Veterans

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May. 20, 2019 – OpticsPlanet.com the leading online destination for technical and high-performance gear, announced the beginning of its ‘Mission for the Mighty’ campaign, an online cause-based effort that helps support veterans, service members and their families.

In support of this campaign, prominent industry brands have joined in on the mission to help give back through offering weeks’ worth of exclusive deals and offers that will be active on OpticsPlanet.com from now until June 30, 2019. Customers who make a purchase through the website will be able to trigger a donation toward the goal of raising $40,000. These offers are all possible due to the efforts of campaign partners including: Vortex, Trijicon, Sightmark, Steiner, FLIR, EOTech, Holosun, Crimson Trace, Sig Sauer, Bushnell, Inforce, CMC Triggers, Midwest Industries, Streamlight, Rise Armament, SureFire and Hornady.

“Exploring the outdoors through activities like hunting, fishing and hiking is therapeutic for many veterans and their families,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president for Hope For The Warriors. “We’re excited to partner with OpticsPlanet to raise funds for those types of activities through our Outdoor Adventures program. The goal of all our programs is to restore a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families, and walk alongside them in their journey to get there.”

In addition to special deals, OpticsPlanet customers are able to tack on an additional, optional donation with any purchase that will directly support the mighty. Exclusive to this campaign, there will also be limited edition SWAG Kits for sale. These kits are a bundle of unique souvenirs from top industry brands, each dollar from purchases of these kits will be added to the final donation contribution.

“At OpticsPlanet, we are committed to making an impactful difference in the lives of those who serve our nation, all while connecting with notable industry brands and our loyal customer base to come together and raise funds for a great cause,” said Meghan O’Laughlin, campaign manager at OpticsPlanet, Inc. “Being able to work with a highly reputable organization like Hope For The Warriors, is truly a great honor for us.”


‘Mission for the Mighty’ is an OpticsPlanet.com campaign that supports veterans, service members and their families.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Donate to SOWF this Memorial Day

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides financial aid to the children and families of fallen Special Operations service-members and ensure their children can go to college. Through the Memorial Day Weekend, FirstSpear will match any donations made through the website to SOWF.

To donate: go to www.first-spear.com, go to your shopping cart and click the “Donation” tab in the upper-right hand corner of your screen underneath the “Proceed To Checkout” button.

Task Force Dagger Thanks SCUBAPRO For Their Support

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

We received this note from Task Force Dagger regarding support from SSD advertiser SCUBAPRO has provided the organization.

On behalf of the Task Force Dagger Foundation, we wanted to take a moment to express our tremendous gratitude to Scubapro for their incredible support to the foundation and the Rehabilitative Therapy Events we execute. More specifically, the Dagger Dive event in Key West, Florida that puts families in a safe environment to reconnect and heal from deployments, effects from visible and invisible injuries and other challenges. Additionally, they continue to provide critical support to the Joint Recovery Team (JRT) missions comprised of TFDF in partnership with Department of POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and East Carolina Marine Archeology Department (ECU) to FIND, RECOVER and REPATRIATE the remains of US Service Members Missing in Action (MIA) presumed dead from all theaters and conflicts where the United States has operated.

ScubaPro’s support has directly influenced the foundation’s ability to execute these very impactful events, insuring we continue to bring “Mission, Purpose and Focus” to our Special Operations members and their Families.

TFDF Executive Board member Mark Stephens had the honor of meeting up with the ScubaPro team at their annual International Sales meeting and presented some symbols of our deep appreciation for their continued support. Specifically, Joe Stella, President of ScubaPro; Ed Rasmussen, Global Government Manager; and Richelle Pizl, Customer Service Manager………THANK YOU!

A certified non-profit, Task Force Dagger Foundation provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) members and their families. We respond to urgent needs, conduct Rehabilitative Therapy Events (RTE), and provide next-generation health solutions for issues facing our service members. We are a rally point to combat traumatic brain injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and environmental exposures. Our cohesive programs enable families to seize the moment and live life.

Last Chance – American Suppressor Association Tac Day Raffle

Monday, April 29th, 2019

ASA is giving you a chance to win a Rugged Obsidian 9 suppressor paired with a Lipsey’s exclusive Glock 17 Gen 4 9mm handgun, all in FDE, and a match grade threaded barrel from Grey Ghost Precision. This raffle is Powered by Silencer Shop, meaning they’ll cover the winner’s $200 transfer tax! It’s like a tax refund miracle! Every dollar you spend on raffle tickets helps keep our dedicated team on the road, meeting with legislators, and working to advance pro-suppressor reform across the country!

Contest ends TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019, AT 11:59PM EST.

Visit americansuppressorassociation.com/last-call-american-suppressor-association-tax-day-raffle to enter and read contest rules.

AmerisourceBergen Foundation Donates $150,000 to Southeastern Guide Dogs to Support Training and Placing of Guide Dogs and Companion Dogs

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The three-year grant will place dogs with Gold Star Families and children affected by blindness and crisis

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (April 2, 2019) – The AmerisourceBergen Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization focused on human and animal health solutions, announced today a $150,000 donation to Southeastern Guide Dogs, a nonprofit focused on transforming lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. With the support of this multi-year grant, Southeastern Guide Dogs will be able to increase placements of guide and companion dogs with visually impaired teenagers and children, as well as families of fallen service members and with child advocate professionals in courtrooms.

“We are grateful to receive this generous three-year grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation,” says Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs. “Southeastern Guide Dogs does not charge for its dogs or services and receives no government support. Instead, the charity relies on the generosity of individual donors, corporations and foundations to fund its programs. This grant enables us to expand our services to children and teens, providing them and their families with hope for the future.”

As part of the services to children and teens, which are supported by the Foundation grant, five trained guide dogs will be placed with legally-blind teenagers and 10 companion dogs will be placed with visually impaired children to offer them a new sense of confidence, independence and mobility. Prior to being matched with a guide dog, parents and teens have the opportunity to attend a three-day overnight camp where trainers introduce families to guide dog ownership and instruct them on how to safely navigate with their future companions to ensure success.

Additionally, the program will provide four caring, highly-skilled dogs to Gold Star Families – families who have lost loved ones in service to their country – to promote healing and provide encouragement. The program will also offer one child advocacy dog placement, a service that provides dogs to adults who assist children in crisis, such as those who enter the court system.

“The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is steadfast in our commitment to making a positive, long-lasting impact by enriching the lives of our global community. To achieve our mission, we look for partners that redefine and increase access to care and are working to actively improve the overall wellbeing of both human and animal health populations,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “To that end, we’re proud to work alongside Southeastern Guide Dogs, which operates at the intersection of human and animal health providing unmatched training and care for animals who will serve as a dedicated companion to children and families, and, in turn, will know the comfort of loving homes.”

Through its Human & Animal Grant Program, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation supports organizations at the local and national level who increase access to human and animal healthcare and education.