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On Veterans Day, Operation Circle Care gears up

This post was written by Elysia
on November 11, 2010 | Comments (1)

As you may recall from my post last year, Circle Sanctuary holds a yearly drive in order to send Yule care packages to Pagan and Wiccan active duty members of the military. Here is their call for aid this year, please help me in passing it along.

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For the fourth year in a row, Circle Sanctuary is honoring and supporting active duty Pagan service members through Operation Circle Care.

This year, we are widening our focus and sending Yuletide care packages to active duty Pagan troops serving in any overseas theater of operation, including Germany, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, or on board Navy ships.  The success of this program is due to the generous support and donations from Pagan community members from many paths and places.

With your continued support, it is our goal to honor and remember each and every Pagan US military service member we can with a special personalized gift for Yule, just as we have in years past.

Here’s How to Help:

(1)  SEND CONTACTS:  Send us names, postal addresses, and if known, email addresses, of deployed Pagan service members who would like to receive Yuletide packages.  Pagan service members can submit their own names & contact information. Contact info received will be kept confidential for use by OCC only.   Send contacts to the OCC Program Coordinators: occ@circlesanctuary.org.  Be sure to include full name and rank as well as an accurate APO/FPO address for each deployed military Pagan.

(2)  DONATE ITEMS:  Donate gift items that are small and easy to mail such as Pagan music CDs, incense, jewelry, Pagan calendars, books, and altar cloths.  For more ideas on items to donate, visit the Operation Circle Care web page here. Please send your items to us by December 1 so that they are received in time to ship out in early December.  Contact OCC coordinators for shipping options & addresses: occ@circlesanctuary.org.  

(3)  DONATE FUNDS: Shipping costs for Operation Circle Care packages range from $10.70 to $12.50 each.  Monetary donations are needed to help to cover postage costs, plus related OCC expenses, such as production of our Pagan military prayer cards that we send free of charge to Pagans on active duty and their families, both overseas and here in this country. To donate by credit card visit our secured on-line site: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/donate or call (608) 924-2216. Be sure to select “Operation Circle Care” when designating your donation. Funds are tax deductible in the USA.  Or you can send a check or money order, payable to Circle Sanctuary – OCC to: Operation Circle Care, Circle Sanctuary, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA.

(4)  TELL OTHERS:  One of the MOST important things the Pagan community can do to support Operation Circle Care is to help us get the word out about this program. Please let others know about Operation Circle Care and our call for contacts, gift items, and donations — forward this email to lists, blogs, websites, others; circulate widely the OCC website address: http://tiny.cc/operationcirclecare

For more information about OCC and other Circle Sanctuary Military Pagan Services: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/ministries/military/

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Thanks to everyone for helping in getting the word out. If you’re thinking of donating some fine Llewellyn books, you may want to check out our Special Offers page – where you’ll find even new releases on sale, plus lots of other goodies like tarot cloths, calendars and almanacs, runes, tarot bags and much more – all on sale!

Finally, a big THANK YOU to all our veterans and those who are currently serving our country today in so many ways. Happy Veterans Day, we’re thinking of you.

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