In Honor Drive Comes To An End… For Now

Two weeks ago, bloggers from everywhere on the political spectrum joined with us to honor the passing of two courageous soldiers; Sgt. Yance T. Gray, and Sgt. Omar Mora.  In their honor we raised some money for a great charity in Fisher House, but this too had to come to an end.

$5,823.  That’s how much we raised, and that’s no small thing.  It took a lot of work and a lot of help, and I want to thank the following list of bloggers, all of whom helped get the word out, get the exposure up and get their readers opening up their wallets in support of this goal:

And if I forgot anyone, please, I apologize, and if you let me know I’ll add you to the list.  Without the help of these bloggers, I don’t think we would have been able to meet our first goal of two thousand dollars.  So, thank you very much.

Next, I want to give a huge thanks to the donors themselves.  It’s not always doable to donate money, you don’t always have the extra cash on hand, you worry if it’s going to make a difference, etc.  You did it, you helped, and it really is going to make a huge difference in the lives of injured soldiers who will have the benefit of loved ones around them as they try and put their lives back together.

And this in honor of two brave soldiers.  I guess I have yet another thing I owe them a great debt for; they taught me how wonderful helping others can be… man… Sgt. Gray and Sgt. Mora I think might just continue proving they were my betters in so many ways.

To you, soldiers, I thank you for your service, for your courage and honesty, and for the inspiration to go above and beyond.  Thank you.

So we didn’t make it to ten thousand.  That’s alright, to be honest, setting the goal that high only happened because Mike and I were flummoxed at how fast we reached our initial goal of a two thousand.  Also, maybe two weeks was a little too long to keep the project going; a little after a week and things kind of stagnated.

In fact, there are a lot of lessons we learned during this event, which is great because that means when we do it again next year, we’ll do it twice as well as we did this time around.  Yeah, you heard me, this is not the last time you will hear from the In Honor fund drive.

As of this writing 3800 men and women in uniform have lost their lives in Iraq.  That’s a whole lot of people need honoring, and sad as it is, it looks like there will be more between now and this time next year.  So yes, we will, from now at least until the end of the US occupation of Iraq, will hold an annual fundraising drive for Fisher House on behalf of those soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

I hope you folks lend us your support then as much as you did for this.  This is a success because of you.

Thank you.

2 Responses to “In Honor Drive Comes To An End… For Now”

  1. crazycat says:

    You have to tell me when you are doing stuff like this. Just went past my radar back in 07. This is an awesome effort and result, maybe revisit for another cause in ’10?

  2. Yea, Kyle and I talked about doing this annually and then we both burned out on the political blogging thing. I agree, we should try something and soon.

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