Well, as you can see, there have been some changes, some very nice changes. If you go here to see the Team standings you can get the whole picture (Navy, we do have smelling salts standing by).
There are some people that have come through for both Team Army and -- most of all -- Project Valour-IT. They have a challenge for you, and it is best expressed by malclave:
Just sent another hundred bucks for Team Army... I'd been holding it, figuring I could help out the Coast Guard team if we met our goal soon enough.
Anyway, I was just lower enlisted stationed at a hospital in the late 80s... surely there are plenty of folks who can outdo an REMF like me, right?
Malclave and others have issued challenges. My question to you is, will you rise to the challenge, or slink away and not even give a dollar? Folks, if everyone who comes to this site in a day pitches in a dollar, it puts us roughly ten percent (okay, closer to five) towards the goal. We are only at 27 percent for the year.
I know things are tight, believe me. I know the future is uncertain, believe me. I know, however, that Americans have always stood up and given to help those truly in need, even in times of financial crisis. Now is not the time to turn away, it's the time when men stand forth and do what's right and needed.
We need you. Valour-IT isn't a feel-good-because-you-slapped-a-sticker-on thing, it's a chance to make a real, tangible, and lasting positive impact on someone who paid blood price for you to enjoy life, the holidays, and freedom. It's a chance to do right by those who have done right by the Republic and the body politic. It's the chance to do right. Period.
So, please, step forward and be counted. It's not us that need it, it's them.
Remember, you can get as you give via the charity auction. The fleece blanket is gone, but the books -- including some new ones -- remain.
Keep in mind, as Matt notes in this post that:
It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: IRS INFO for proof for the cautious).
The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):
Project Valour-IT Fund - ARMY TEAM
1792 E. Washington Blvd
Pasadena, Ca 91104
Let's be a part of something big.
To those that have given this year, my sincere and profound thanks. Malclave, when we meet, your first (and maybe other) tipples are on me. Thank you so much for stepping up and giving challenge.