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Sep. 13th, 2008 @ 10:29 pm Would this make it easier?
Hi folks,

riseabove and I are really scratching our heads (respectively, not each others...yet...) to try to figure out how to get this group going without making you all (or us) feel like this is a burden instead of a way to do a good deed.

So, what if we altered the rules a little bit? Here is my idea.

Instead of trying to send in as much stuff as possible, we will start sending riseabove the fixings for one bag, and there will be different bag "motifs" so you will know exactly what to send. So, for example, if you like buying the powdered drink mixes, you could spend $5-6 and send the fixings for a "refreshment bag of home." The items for that type of bag could be 3 packets of powdered beverage, a pack of wet ones, and maybe a neck cooler or something like that.

If you travel a lot and collect a lot of toiletries, maybe you could work on "Hygiene bags of home," which could include one bar of soap, one mini shampoo, one mini body spray, etc.

Would this make it easier, so that you know *exactly* what you would need to fill one bag?

As far as the bags go, if you want to provide your own little bag as well, that's fine, but you could also just send the items in a little box and say what kind of bag it's for, and how many bags you are filling. So you could say, "this bag is for a hygiene bag, this contains items for a blah blah bag," etc.

Let us know if this will help you all and then will also help things going. As always, if you have any other ideas, just let us know.

In other news, we have sent an e-mail to A Million Thanks asking how she got her project off the ground and even seeing if we might be able to partner up with her somehow. We'll keep you posted.
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Sep. 4th, 2008 @ 10:44 pm Exciting News!
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Hey gang, we are in the process of becoming a real nonprofit organization!

Please keep the donations coming I simply cannot do this without you guys!


I will keep you posted on my and joriejc's progress on becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization!


Where are our bag constructors? I haven't gotten a single bag since early, early, early 2008 aside from the ones my mom has been sending! She can't do it forever! Come on, gals! Help out! You pledged to do so, so here is your kick in the pants!


Questions? Concerns? Comments? Speak it loud and clear here, or email operationboh@yahoo . com!



We NEED YOUR HELP!

We have sent 127 bags so far! I want to at LEAST double this by the end of 2008!! Get in gear let's go!



=)
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riseabove:
Sep. 4th, 2008 @ 10:37 am UPDATE
SENDING OFF 25 MORE BAGS TODAY!


MUCH LOVE AND THANK YOU TO ALL THE LADIES WHO SENT THINGS IN THE MAIL FOR THESE!!! :)

I have left overs, just waiting on more bags, I didn't want to send a measley 9 bags off!




I will be needing more stuffing soon, I only have enough to fill the next 10 bags or so. Who can help? I am set on powdered drink pouches. I need small ~2oz. hand sanitizers, toothbrush/toothpaste combos (the small travel size), qtips, chapsticks, individually wrapped candies, small travel sized suntan lotion, toilet seat covers (charmin makes travel sized ones they sell at Target), and small toilet paper rolls (Charmin makes small travel sized ones at Target as well).

Any any denomination gift cards (Visa/Mastercard, Target, Wal Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Meier... any kind of store like that)


Please if you can help I appreciate it HIGHLY - send an email to operationboh@yahoo. com for more information or if you need the address to send things to me!


Thanks much,

Chris/riseabove
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Aug. 13th, 2008 @ 07:49 am Wakey wakey!
Hey hey hey, no lethargy!

I have an interesting thing going on. Some friends of mine own their own record store, and the wife happens to be the one who runs my local stitch 'n bitch. She has been in the know about this group and has agreed to put a little collection box for hotel type items and other little things in the store.

I'm thinking this might be a great way to approach this project. Stores won't donate stuff to us because we aren't of the proper tax situation (yet). And it's exhausting for us to try and collect everything. But, maybe if we make little yellow boxes with "Operation Bag of Home" signs, togther with a little description of what we do...maybe stores would be willing to just have that up at the info desk. We would ship everything to riseabove or whomever else would be shipping stuff so people would just be able to drop things in and feel like they did their good deed for the day. This could be particularly effective at stores that sell travel-sized items. People could maybe see the box and go and buy a couple dollars worth of stuff, which could mean enough stuffing to fill a bag for us.

What do you think?
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Jul. 29th, 2008 @ 01:30 pm Updates!
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I received 3 boxes full of stuffing! They arrived while I was in San Diego last week.

YAY! Thanks guys!



I will get to filling the 20 bags I have left this week and hopefully have them ready to send out on Thursday, I may wait for the lip balm ("Lip Bomb") to arrive first, but we'll see how much STUFF I've got, I have a feeling I will have more than enough!


The next shipment of bags should be arriving within a week, 2 at the most (Canadian Postal Service from east coast Canada to USA.... stinks...!) and then we'll be ready for the next 50!

So if anyone's got gift cards laying around, or was thinking of sending some stuffing, there'll never be anything that doesn't get used... send away!


questions, comments, concerns... operationboh@yahoo . com


Thanks!

-Chris/riseabove
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riseabove:
Jul. 22nd, 2008 @ 06:48 pm On Vacation!
Current Location: houston/bush airport!
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Hey gang -

I have about 5 boxes on the way to my apartment as we speak so thanks SO MUCH! Once I get all the loot, and pack the bags up and send them off I will let you know how much I have left over and what else will be needed for the next shipment of bags. My mom out on East Coast Canada is working on the next batch of 50 bags, so I'm hoping we can get them filled and completely out by the end of September! I think this is a reasonable goal.


If you email operationboh@yahoo. com and you don't get a reply this week, please know that I am on vacation. It has been an EXTREMELY trying year for me, and I'm in desperate need to get away from my life for a little while, so my sis (and fellow operationboh'er!) mausdriver and I are headed to San Diego for some sun and fun! I'm likely not going to check the community or the community email address until I return, Monday. So be patient if you email and don't get a reply.

(joriejc please direct people to this post if they say they've emailed and haven't gotten a response! Thanks!)
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riseabove:
Jul. 18th, 2008 @ 09:43 pm Web masters?
Hey folks,

I think this charity more than anything would benefit from a real live website. That way we could really publicize ourselves, possibly pursue 501C3 or whatever it's called status, and the whole shebang. If anyone knows how to make a site and would be willing to do so....I think that is the fastest route for growth.

Thoughts? :)
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Jul. 12th, 2008 @ 09:41 pm Key Items
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We've taken care of some of the key items, the lip balm and the drink mixes are on their way. Various hotel items are in the mail as well. One key thing is missing - I like to put hand sanitizer in EVERY bag, and the last shipment of the homemade Operation Bag of Home logo (THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!) bottles have all been sent overseas.

Is there anyone willing to buy some of those tiny bottles (you can get them for under a buck at Target, I know for sure) and send them? Even if you can only send 5, or 10... I need about 20, but any of them will be a big help. Shipping is a little expensive, even though it's fixed rate for the military boxes I have, but it does add up so I can't really afford a full extra 20$ for stuff, though I'd really like to be able to!


Anyway, let me know here, or at the email: operationboh@yahoo . com if you can help with the sanitizer!


Thanks in advance!


-Chriss/riseabove
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Jul. 12th, 2008 @ 09:35 pm Update
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Well! We've got three or four boxes of stuffing on the way to my house! With the bit of supplies I have left over from the last shipment, I may have enough to stuff the 20 remaining bags I have and have left overs!

I will be emailing my mother to ask for another shipment of 50 bags, when we fill em we fill em - thanks to everyone helping out, and just remember, let me know via email (operationboh@yahoo.com) when you need the mailing address!


Thanks a bunch, gang! Keep it up!


-Chriss/riseabove
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riseabove:
Jul. 10th, 2008 @ 08:35 pm Pacing ourselves
Welcome, all who have recently joined this group.

Given the little lapse that this project has experienced over the last few months, we know and so appreciate those of you who have said that you are willing to help with this project. I would like to encourage you all to work together to divide up enough items to fill the 30 bags that riseabove has ready right now. Our original goal at the beginning of the year was to be able to ship out 50 filled bags a month...this is a HUGE goal, as we have become very well aware of (!), but we have also learned that pacing ourselves is important. Instead of trying to donate everything for one month, space it out and maybe choose one item that you want to donate 25 of.

Every little bit most certainly is deeply appreciated, but we don't want any one person to feel the burden of this project. Let's work together so that small efforts add up to one great result :)

Please feel free to introduce yourselves, make recommendations, or whatever else, and remember, any questions, including where to send items, can be directed to operationboh@yahoo.com.

Thanks :)
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