Mark your calendars: June 26 From the Front Lines web-a-thon

posted at 7:55 am on May 26, 2008 by Michelle

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I’m excited to announce a very special event Hot Air will be participating in on June 26. Save the date. We’re teaming up with Melanie Morgan’s Move America Forward and UStream to present an 8-hour web-a-thon with the goal of sending the largest single shipment of care packages to U.S. troops in American history.

The effort kicks off on this Memorial Day and will run through the months of May and June.

The grand finale for the push will take place on June 26th with an 8-hour Internet telethon, “From the Frontlines.” I’ll join Melanie on the livestream, where we’ll feature live and taped reports from our troops serving in Iraq & Afghanistan. We’ll also be joined by many pro-troops celebrities and leaders of grass-roots pro-military groups. Go to MAF for much more info.

Americans can sponsor the care packages from Move America Forward’s by ordering via this link from MAF’s online webstore partner: TheCampaignStore.com.

MAF notes:

The Jelly Belly candy company (maker of President Ronald Reagan’s favorite candy) has generously donated 100,000 bags of their gourmet jelly beans that will be included in the care packages to assist in the effort. While the jelly beans shipped in the past were warmly received by the troops, military members say their real value comes in being able to hand out the candy to the children of the war-torn nations in which they are serving. These 100,000 bags of gourmet jelly beans are now being used to launch a “Candy Diplomacy” program as gifts to Iraqi and Afghani children. Each bag is printed with the following message (in both English & Arabic): “A gift from the American people in hopes that your country will one day enjoy the freedom and opportunities that we have in the United States.”

Stay tuned as we roll out more details and be sure to get your orders in early and often!

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YES! At last, a formal Hot Air fundraiser in support of our troops. I can’t wait to be a part of it!

RushBaby on May 26, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Wow, you mean supporting the troops means actually doing something instead of just saying it over and over?

Thanks for doing this, Michelle. It makes it so simple to help, even a Liberal could do it. Or could they? Any thoughts of issuing a challenge to DKos or any of the other, uh, “vocal” troop supporters to match?

trubble on May 26, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Uh Oh, there’s a little problem with the Campaign Store checkout. It requires a shipping address. Won’t do the troops much good if their Squad Pack shows up at my place!

RushBaby on May 26, 2008 at 8:14 AM

I’ll be there. Spread the word peeps!

Limerick on May 26, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Awesome.

Spirit of 1776 on May 26, 2008 at 9:14 AM

RushBaby-

PLEASE NOTE: TheCampaignStore system requires a shipping address since it is designed to sell products that are normally shipped to the customer. Use your address for the shipping address. Rest assured your order WILL be shipped to the troops.

JiangxiDad on May 26, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Count me in for several packages.

Great idea, great concept. I’m glad some are using the net and notoriety as a positive force to win the War on Terror. By letting our war fighters know that although we are not there with them physically, we are with them in Spirit, and that they are in our hearts and prayers.

Thanks Michelle and Melanie.

Zorro on May 26, 2008 at 9:19 AM

JiangxiDad on May 26, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Thanks. I didn’t see that!

RushBaby on May 26, 2008 at 9:25 AM

It makes it so simple to help, even a Liberal could do it.

Classic line!

Linked and Trackbacked at Rovinsworld

Rovin on May 26, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Oh, awesome!

Must. Buy. Jelly Belly. Now. and. Forever.

Mommynator on May 26, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Sounds good. Count me in.

moc23 on May 26, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Each bag (of CANDY) is printed with the following message (in both English & Arabic): “A gift from the American people in hopes that your country will one day enjoy the freedom and opportunities that we have in the United States.”

But, but I thought we were there to steal their oil???

Tony737 on May 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM

But, but I thought we were there to steal their oil???

Tony737 on May 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM

We are, this is a diversion.

Wade on May 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

I am trying to get our local talk shows involved. This is a wonderful idea, our troops are the best.

Wade on May 26, 2008 at 11:06 AM

(And just an aside: I thought Afghani children didn’t speak Arabic?)

tree hugging sister on May 26, 2008 at 11:40 AM

We are, this is a diversion. – Wade

Ohhhhh, ok, cool. I wish they’d hurry up and steal it already, gas is almost up to $4 a gallon!

Tony737 on May 26, 2008 at 12:01 PM

The Jelly Belly message is great for Iraq but the Afgans don’t speak Arabic, their enemies do.

thatcher on May 26, 2008 at 12:27 PM

The Jelly Belly message is great for Iraq but the Afgans don’t speak Arabic, their enemies do.

Yes, don’t worry. MAF knows.

Michelle on May 26, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Great job by Melanie, and Michelle. The two of you are beyond great. Sean, Mark, and the others are as well. I look foward to this, and will contribute what I can. Sounds like 06/26/08 will be more than just a day I become a year older. At least I already know what I will be doing for part of my birthday. Michelle be sure to tell our brave troops how much we admire, respect, and love them for everything they do.

chief on May 26, 2008 at 1:17 PM

I’m in Iraq as a contractor training local Iraqis. I could not be prouder to be a part of the rebuilding effort over here and I think the candy for the kids is an outstanding gesture.

It’s not just about rebuiding with steel and concrete, we’re building trust with the locals and that’s something that can’t be torn down (unless of course, we weasel out of our committment and leave this country before it can stand on it’s own two feet).

For the soldiers that are out here every day making sure it’s as safe as possible for me to do my job, I can’t say “thank-you” enough.

This Deluxe Platoon Pack is for you!

JetBlast on May 26, 2008 at 2:02 PM

DONE!

Kini on May 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Hmmmm. Where do we send taped reports? Heh. I just want to earn a goodie box…

major john on May 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Candy for the kids………. check

And for all of our American Soldiers all over the world on this Memorial Day, we are proud of you, we support you, we miss you, and most important, we love you……

…. and for those who will never come home, may God welcome you back home to his Kingdom, and bring peace and comfort to your families….

…….. on behalf of a grateful Nation…. thank you.

Seven Percent Solution on May 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

and most important, we love you……

I think I have something in my eye. Or maybe it’s just my allergies.

Tony737 on May 26, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Cool!

I heard some commentary over the weekend that Obama hasn’t been to Iraq since 2006. Then I saw him today telling us who much he cares about the troops but the war was a strategic blunder. I saw John McCain essentially bash the Top Brass at the DOD for how long the war is taking (translation: they should have listened to me dammnit). Hillary had her usual line of crap.

Clearly this is one of those grassroots things since the politicians are too busy with the politics of war to care about the warriors.

highhopes on May 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM

In.

Great work, guys. You are making a real difference.

mikeyboss on May 26, 2008 at 10:05 PM

This looks like a party,er a great cause,I’m
aboard as well,Michelle kudo’s to a great event
thats coming up,so excellent!

Hey,maybe this will be close to the Berlin airdrops
that saved Germany,or west Germany from starving,
so to speak! Just a thought!

canopfor on May 26, 2008 at 10:16 PM

In the number of packages that were dropped,by the
aircrews over Germany is what I meant!

canopfor on May 26, 2008 at 10:18 PM

I am sooooooo there.

God Bless Michelle and Melanie.

HonestConservative on May 27, 2008 at 6:14 AM

(And just an aside: I thought Afghani children didn’t speak Arabic?)

tree hugging sister on May 26, 2008 at 11:40 AM

You’re right, they mostly speak Farsi and Pashto. No jellybeans for the Afghanis methinks.

I always looked forward to the random care packages. It is one thing for your family to send you a pair of clean socks or baby wipes, but to get a box from people you don’t even know is really uplifting. Great idea….shame its so “polarizing”.

blankminde on May 27, 2008 at 6:34 AM

Im excited you are doing this for our troops. I’ll do what I can to help. Thank you Jelly Belly for sponsoring and giving…

TFM

ThinkingForMyself on May 27, 2008 at 4:22 PM