Memorial Day commemorates US citizens who died while in military service. Across the country, there are parades, flowers left on grave stones at cemeteries, and other remembrances. There are also a number of fundraising events, both online and offline, taking place to mark the holiday and raise money to support veterans and other charities. Here's a quick roundup:
HELP USA, an agency that provides housing, jobs and services for America's homeless and low income populations, is partnering with with D'Agostino supermarkets in New York City and Westchester that will allow proceeds from all purchases on Monday, May 25th to go towards helping America's homeless veterans. In 18 participating stores, individuals at checkout will be offered the opportunity to round up the total amount they will be paying for groceries. The difference will be donated to HELP USA's Operation Home, a three-year national expansion of permanent supportive service housing for returning war veterans.
"TweetToRemind Campaign" a fundraising campaign on Twitter which asks individuals and corporations to donate $5.25 or more in an effort to raise money on Memorial Day weekend to support the Bob Woodruff Foundation's efforts to support returning Iraq war veterans. ReMIND.org is a public awareness effort provides resources and support to injured service members and veterans and their families to successfully reintegrate injured military personnel back into their communities, and ensure they thrive physically, psychologically, socially, and economically.
Target's BullsEye Gives, a Facebook contest page launched on Mother's Day and invited folks to decide how Target should allocate $3 million among ten large institutional charities. The voting concluded on today, Memorial Day. The Red Cross, came in first, with 26% of the votes or winning $795,490 of the allocation. In a close second place was St. Jude Children's Research Hospital wining $789,842 and in third place was the Salvation Army with 13% or $394,236.
Tweet Up In Honor of Katie Reider: Katie Reider, a musician and gay rights activist, passed away in 2007 of a rare facial tumor. For many years, she performed at the Taste of Cincinnati annual event where a stage has been named in her honor at the P&G Gardens in Cincinnati. The event is encouraging people to introduce new twitter shorthand 3= I love you, 4= I love you too. The goal is to encourage people to download her music.
Beth Kanter, BlogHer CE for Nonprofits, writes Beth's Blog.
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