If you haven’t visited Sutton’s Restaurant since the business opened here in Lexington a few months ago, then you need to check it out. We hope you will stop by and introduce yourself to the family owned and operated restaurant on Monday, March 21, 2011. Why Monday, March 21st you ask? Well, that is the day that Sutton’s will be launching Give Back Monday. Once a month the restaurant will donate 10% of their dining proceeds to a charity.
Military Missions Inc has been chosen as the charity to benefit from Give Back Monday this month. We will receive 10% of the dining proceeds on Monday, March 21st. This fundraiser will allow Military Missions, Inc. to cover postage costs for care packages being sent overseas to our deployed troops.
Sutton’s Restaurant is located at 110 North Locust Hill Road in Lexington. Stop by any time between 11:00 am and midnight on Monday, March 21st, to try out their menu and give a little bit back to our troops. Sutton’s serves burgers, flatbread pizza, sandwiches, pasta, poultry, seafood, and steak and the dessert menu boasts hand-dipped milkshakes and Chocolate Lava Cake. The kids menu has a great variety that is sure to please even the picky eater in your family. For a look at the full menu, visit their website at www.suttonsrestaurant.com.
Military MIssions, Inc. sends packages out on a monthly basis. We have a huge effort going on right now, OPERATION S.E.N.D. EASTER, which enables us to send care packages to our deployed troops. We will be sending packages to Kentucky National Guard soldiers who are currently deployed. As well, at any given time, we can have a minimum of 200 troops on our list from all branches of active duty service. We send to every name on our list. Military Missions sent packages to over 1500 troops last December and to 600 troops just last month.
We are hopeful that we can increase awareness for our organization in the next few months as we will be in need of many more donations over the next year. The Kentucky National Guard has received mobilization orders for Operation New Dawn in Iraq. Over 1350 soldiers from across the state will be reporting for duty in June 2011. To enable us to send packages to that many troops on a monthly basis will require an enormous amount of donated care package items, as well as monetary donations to cover the costs of shipping the packages. From what we can tell, we are the only nonprofit organization in this area who is sending packages out to our troops on a regular basis.
Opportunities such as Sutton’s Give Back Monday not only generate funds, but also generate awareness. Military Missions, Inc. does not pay to advertise. There are no paid employees within our organization. We are 100% volunteer operated. We use every dime that comes in to ensure that our troops and our veterans are receiving the support they need. When a business gives us a platform to introduce our nonprofit to their clientele, we are extremely greatful. Otherwise, we rely on “word of mouth advertising” and free social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to get the message out.
To fill the average care package with a variety of items will cost anywhere from $25-50, depending on what is included. Postage for flat rate boxes, which is what we use most often for cost effective shipping, will cost between $11 and $13. With postage rates going up on April 17, 2011, we anticipate we will be paying more to ship packages to our troops.
Nonprofits are taking a hit with a struggling economy. With gas prices soaring and driving up the cost of food, travel, and more, we see a definite decline in donations. It is our hope that our organization will find many more opportunities such as the one being given to us by Sutton’s Restaurant on Monday, March 21, which will enable us to offset the costs we will incur as we continue to support our troops.
We realize that the economy is affecting everyone, but we hope people will reach a little deeper into their pockets this year to support our troops. They are standing in harm’s way to protect us on good days and bad, no matter what is going on here on the home front.
See you at Sutton’s on Monday, March 21st!