With the holiday season upon us, I’d like to take a minute to turn our attention to the American troops who are serving our country, many in far away and dangerous places, while we’re busying ourselves with holiday meal prep and gift shopping. These brave men and women are often away from home and their families during this special time of year, and I am always touched by how much they are willing to sacrifice for our country. This year Marie Callender’s launched the Comforts From Home initiative in partnership with USO2GO to bring the comforts of home to our troops during the holiday season, and it is SO easy for you to participate!
So what exactly is USO2GO? USO2GO is a USO program that brings kits filled with electronics, sports gear, books, games and more to troops stationed in remote locations around the world. Each kit will contain the comforts of home, such as games, athletic equipment, books and furnishings. USO2GO kits help to transform a remote base into a place where troops can organize a pick-up football game, relax in beanbag chairs and swap stories, or send e-mails to loved ones back home. Some of my family members have been stationed overseas, and I know firsthand how much these packages mean to them, especially around the holidays!
Marie Callender’s Comforts From Home Project makes it easy to support the brave men and women of the U.S. military. All you have to do is purchase specially marked packages of Marie Callender’s frozen dinners and desserts – I’m pretty partial to their delicious Chocolate Satin mini pies. YUM!
They’re the perfect after dinner treat since they are ready in just ten seconds. You can’t beat a rich, smooth and creamy dessert with zero effort! Each pie is meant to be a single serving, but I find that they’re big enough to share with one of my boys. Sharing is just more fun anyway!
Once you’ve finished your dinner or dessert, simply enter the eight-digit code found on specially marked packages of Marie Callender’s dinners and desserts online at www.ComfortsFromHome.com, and they will send a donation to USO2GO. Each code entered equals a $0.50 donation to the USO2GO program.
For every entry by 1/31/2015 of an 8-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO2GO program. Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000. Maximum donation: $250,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. Only.
I also signed up for Thunderclap and encourage you to do the same. If you’re not familiar with Thunderclap, it’s a tool that helps promote a wider reach of messages by broadcasting them at the same time through the social media channels of friends. In this case, a large group of consumers directed through Marie Callender’s Facebook page can sign up to be part of the Thunderclap (which will launch on Sunday, 11/30 if we meet our supporter goal). You can sign up to support this effort RIGHT NOW by visiting the Thunder Clap Comforts from Home page. Hopefully the combined social media efforts will encourage thousands to enter the on-pack code and drive many, many donations to the USO2Go initiative so that our troops will have a happy holiday and enjoy a few Comforts from Home!