We are always accepting donations of the items our troops request
most, such as cards and small gifts. Please refer to our Donations Page
for a more specific list of suggested items to give to our wounded
We visit our troops and deliver these cards and gifts
from your heart to theirs all throughout the year, not just during the
holidays, to let them know the community and our Nation supports them
and we appreciate their sacrifices, and they are thought of often.
Project Lifting Spirits has organized the gifting of
the following items from the community to our wounded service members at
the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and the Dwight D. Eisenhower
Medical Center at Fort Gordon Army Base, and Fisher House on Fort Gordon, located in/near the
Augusta, Georgia area as well as Fort Campbell, Kentucky and
Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland.
We do these small acts of gratitude to express to our troops our sincere
appreciation for their SERVICE and SACRIFICE.
January/February - We managed to raise $1,052 by having a bake sale, a running team, and manning a water/aid station forthe GRU Augusta Half Marathon and 10k event. We additionally purchased groceries for the Fisher House for February and shipped over 81 lbs of goodies to deployed troops. We are continuing to find ways to raise funds and provide even bigger events and shipments. Thanks for the support!
December - We raised approximately $2,000.00 from our adopt a family event in order to provide Christmas and Thanksgiving meals. We have also provided 11 folks from the Augusta Active Duty Rehab Unit with a night at the Lights of the South with a hayride and gift bag on December 16th. Our December bake sale was cancelled due to the weather in Augusta, Georgia. We provided 5 disabled veteran's families in need with Christmas meals and a small gift bag for their children which included a ham, stuffing, potatoes, and gravy. For Fort Campbell, we delivered Christmas rolls, gravy, potatoes, and stuffing along with stocking stuffers for 125 families. This month, we shipped 16 boxes of goodies to our deployed service members to include candies and cards, provided an in need service member in Texas with a Christmas meal and gifts for their children, and helped pay the rent for a disabled veteran who was close to losing their place to live. Pictures will be posted soon.
We would like to thank Barbi Graves and David Smedley for collecting the following donations for the holiday season: Lala Oopsies doll, Baby doll, 2 stuffed animals, 2 stuffed animals with Velcro, Hot wheels stunt ramp with car, 2 toy phones, Dominoes, Ironman doll, Baby toy, 10 boxes and 1 bag of macaroni and cheese, 6 cans of Vienna sausage, 1 bag of blueberry muffin mix, 2 hamburger helper, 1 chicken helper, 10 cans of soup, 20 cans of veggies, 2 large cans of chicken, 2 large cans of soup, 2 boxes of oatmeal, 2 boxes of stuffing, Banana nut bread mix, 2 instant cup of noodles, 4 cans of fruit, a $50 Publix gift card, 4 cans of tuna, 2 boxes of 2# spaghetti, 2 jars of spaghetti sauce, 4 small and 3 large cans of beans, 2 Knorr chicken sides, 4 bags of dry beans, 13 packages of ramen noodles, 2 noodle cups, 16 checker games, 3 jump ropes, 1 box Crayons, 7 toy cars, 2 glow flowers, 2 float tubes, 1 picture frame, 1 ball shooter, 3noise silly putty, 2 slinky, 1 package markers, 1 binoculars, 1 knit hat, 3 stuffed toys, 1 bendable flower, 20 Disney coloring sheets, 1 dart launcher and target, 6 paper art table sets, 1 jumbling tower game, 2 projection lights, 6 sticker sheets, 2 sticker books, 3 packs pencils, 6 card games, 4 teeny mate NFL figures, 1 headphones, 4 googly critters, 4 activity books, and $60.00 cash. We would also like to thank Annamarie Nable for collecting the following donation: 4 packs of 6 flavored lip balm, 9 packs of scented nail polish and files, 8 magazines, 2 Xbox 360 games, 20 DVDs, Candy Land game, 2 University of Miami mini basketball hoops, Lalaloopsy pop-up game, Avengers art set, 2 foam footballs, 3 kites, Temple run card game, 1 turbo twister car, 1 defiance car, 1 swipe game, 1 camping cards game, Eragon movie, Star Wars The Clone Wars Wii game, 1 Disney princess backpack with coloring sheets etc., 1 V-tech switch & go dinos, 1 princess nail polish kit, 1 discovery kids Dino collection, 1 Lego creator, 3 Barbie designer & dress studio refill, 1 bling rings, 1 dream diary, and 1 Barbie doll.
November - We raised approximately $1,200.00 from our bowling event that was held at the Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, TN through those that came to bowl and our sponsors, Taylor Farms, Ascend Credit Union, Group Steel Erectors, Inc., Nashville Council, Lowe's Smyrna, TN, and Michel Ann Maroney Exit Realty of the South. We have also provided 13 wounded service members at the Augusta Active Duty Rehab Unit with pizza, wings, drinks, chips, popcorn, and movies for a little relief from the every day routine of the hospital stay. For Fort Gordon, we provided 25 Thanksgiving meals (turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, rolls, and pumpkin pies) and a pizza party for 100 people on November 25th. For Fort Campbell, we delivered Thanksgiving rolls, gravy, potatoes, and stuffing for 125 families. Pictures will be posted soon.
October - We shipped approximately 40 lbs of snacks to the USO in Bagram Afghanistan for our deployed troops. We also delivered over $100 worth of items to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. These items included hygeine items and snacks to be used by the troops during their stay at the hospital. We raised another $100 from a bake sale held at the Augusta Market at the end of the month.
September - We raised $798 from two (2) runs/walking events and two (2) bake sales this month. Pictures for our Augusta, Georgia race event can be seen here and the results for the Augusta, Georgia race are posted here.
August - We assisted in providing a movie theater themed basket that included a bottle of wine, two fluted glasses, numerous gift cards for restaurants, a gift card for $150 from a local dentist for services, dvd's, candy, movie passes and candles and a hand decorated cross and some kitchen hand towels and jalapeño jelly for a golf tournament held by American Heroes, Inc. on August 12th. Please look at our pictures.
July - We raised $66 from a bake sale this month. We also purchased our insurance for our upcoming races and worked on obtaining prizes for each event. Lastly, we paid insurance for a service member that hit rough times.
Here is an e-mail we received from a deployed service member:
Another message received from deployed troops:
Thank you on behalf of CPT C and Det. Your care package that you sent to us was greatly appreciated. The little things that remind us of home, help the time go by quicker. Even though you think to thank us, we are the ones who thank you.
With warmest regards, SFC CSM
June - We provided a microwave, popcorn, and movies to the Active Duty Rehab Unit on June 3rd with a pizza party as well. This event went well and the patients seemed to have a great time. We mailed 3 packages to deployed troops with candy, cookies, and other snack items.
Here is an e-mail we received from a deployed service member:
A little something to make us smile:
Stacia Blevins and the staff at Project Lifting Spirits,
My name is FCC J.D. and I am a Division Leading Chief Petty Officer on board USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) currently deployed in the Middle East Operating Area. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a package from you the other day. I’m not sure how you received my name and address, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your generosity. As the Leading Chief, I am the senior enlisted person in charge of a division of 30 personnel, and it can be a challenge to keep morale high while away from home. I wanted to let you know that I utilized your thoughtful gift to share among my division while we watched a movie and took a couple of hours to relax (as much as we can out here) and take comfort in the fact that kind people like yourselves appreciate us and what we are doing. Your care package was a huge hit, and I wanted to pass on my sincere gratitude to all of you for thinking of us. Your thoughtfulness produced an abundance of smiles and a pleasant reminder to my young personnel of the way of life we are defending; One where we take care of each other.
Thank you for all you are doing for our nations’ warriors and thanks again for thinking of us out here on USS Kearsarge.
May - We raised approximately $800 with our golf outing that was held on the 17th and $145 at our booths at the Columbia County Community Yard sale. Additionally we assisted with a barbeque event for those wounded and their families stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. We provided around $475 worth of groceries to the Fisher House located on Fort Gordon as well.
April - We raised over $325.00 from our bake sale on the 10th in Augusta, Georgia and 5k/fun run in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, we provided a putt-putt outing for 55 troops and family members so that may have some time away from the hospital area. This event was enjoyed by all.
March - We provided 77 boxes of girl scout cookies, 54 blankets, 20 dolls, 46 letters, 6 bandanas, and 10 kites to Fort Gordon troops. Additionally, we raised approximately $226 from our two (2) bakes sales this month.
February - We purchased 75 boxes of girl scout cookies and are still waiting for donations from some local girl scout troops in the Augusta, Georgia area. We also have had 10 service members adopted for our adopt a service member event in order for some of our wounded troops to enjoy some time out in town to play putt-putt golf. Lastly, we raised over $300 at our bake sale at the Augusta Half Marathon expo on February 23rd.
January - We raised $550 for our wounded troops by getting sponsors for our Project Lifting Spirits Team for the GRU Augusta Half Marathon/10k that will take place on February 24, 2013. Our team will be continuing to work to raise funds until race day. Thanks for our wonderful sponsors: Bands for Arms, Crazy Vapors, Augusta Ready Mix, PotashCorp., BeStill Displays, and Gerald Jones Volkswagen.
December - We shipped seven (7) packages overseas with various goodies to include candies, cards, candy, and other items. These packages went to various deployed troops including all branches of the service. All additionally cards received were sent to Coast Guard members that were deployed as well. The Active Duty Rehab Unit in Augusta, Georgia was able to go to the Lights of the South, enjoy a night seeing Chritmas lights and going on a hay ride. We provided Christmas decorations to the Active Duty Rehab Unit. We raised over $700 this month from a bake sale, a pool tournament, and with the assistance of Silvergate Productions and Kristine Silver with a raffle benefit from one of their Christmas events. We also shipped toys and clothes to an Active Duty Marine who has fallen on hard times due to a dental/medical condition of one of his family members. Ms. Delora Scott was our Dremel Trio raffle winner. Lastly, we have registered with the State of Maryland in order to collect donations for Walter Reed Medical Center. We truly THANK ALL OF YOU for the wonderful support throughout this year!
November - We received a generous food donation from White House High School cosmotology class which collected the donations from the students and faculty. Additionally, Fitness Plus members, and Evans Animal Hospital. All food dondations from White House High School students and faculty and Fitness Plus members was donationed to Fort Campbell, KY for the food pantry and shipped overseas. The donations from Evans Animal Hospital were shipped overseas and used with the two (2) pizza parties were provided to Fort Gordon and the Active Duty Rehab Unit (with a movie) in the Augusta area. We provided meals for twenty-two (22) families at Fort Gordon for the Thanksgiving holiday, a trip for the Active Duty Rehab Unit to go to an Augusta Riverhawks game this month. We raised approximately $300 this month from different events and donations. We provided toiletries, water, pens, notebooks, and other items to Fort Gordon. Additionally, we received tremendous help to collect signatures on Christmas cards that are provided during the holiday season. Thank you as always!
October - We raised $3,500.53 this month from various fundraising events to include a 5k/10k run/walk event in the Augusta, Georgia area, a craft/bake sale in White House, Tennessee, and a craft sale in Kentucky. Walgreens generously donated all our water and Powerade that was used for our 5k/10k event and we have had many sponsors for this event. For your support and donations, we truly THANK YOU ALL! Both run/walk events helped raise approximately $1,200 and we are looking forward to having these events again next year!
September - We raised $550 this month from various fundraising events to include a our first 5k and Kids Fun Run in Springfield Tennessee and a bake sale in the Augusta, Georgia area. THANK YOU!
August - We raised $771 this month from various fundraising events to include a bake sale that provided $195 for a veteran that was diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease, race sponsor donations, and run/walk event registrations.
July - We raised $1,107.96 this month from various fundraising events to include a 50/50 event at Silverados in Rivergate, TN, selling and volunteering for an Augusta Greenjackets game, a yard sale, and run/walk event registrations. The second quarter of 2012, your support has allowed us to raise over $1600 in order to provide items to wounded and deployed service members. THANK YOU!
June - We raised $328.90 from various fundraising events throughout the month of June. These funds were received from registrations and donations from our upcoming run/walk events that are coming up later this year. Through the first quarter of 2012, your support has allowed us to raise over $1300 in order to provide items to wounded and deployed service members. THANK YOU!
May - We raised $325 from various fundraising events throughout the month of May. Additionally, we were able to provide a meal to the wounded service members from the Active Duty Rehab Unit at the VA Hospital in the Augusta, Georgia area. Pickles Cafe and Grill was kind enough to provide this meal and opportunity to these service members. Your support has been amazing and truly appreciated!
April - We raised $150 from our bake sale that was held on April 21, 2012 at the Al's Food in White House, Tennessee. Additionally, we raised $56 by selling Top Notch Express Car Wash gift cards and $130 at the bake sale held on April 28, 2012 in Evans, Georgia. The continued support is allowing us to do more than we have previously been able to complete. THANK YOU!
March - We raised $180 from our bake sale that was held on March 25, 2012 at the Top Notch Express Car Wash in Evans, Georgia. Additionally Bands for Arms donated $140 this month. All this support makes gifts and events possible and we THANK YOU!
February - Based on donations from Bands for Arms and our supporters, we raised enough funds to purchase a total of 177 boxes of girl scout cookies between January and February 2012. We truly appreciate all the continued support!
January - Based on donations from Bands for Arms and our supporters, we raised enough funds to purchase 110 boxes of girl scout cookies this month. For the year of 2011, we were able to raise almost $7,000 in order to provide items to those that have been wounded and/or are serving in harms way. We truly appreciate all the continued support and are looking forward to a wonderful 2012!
December - With assistance from Consumer's Title Company of Southern California and Green Bank in
White House, Tennessee, we were able to provide all the holiday decorations for the Fort Campbell barracks and were able to provide over $2,000 worth of gifts including restaurant gift cards, candy canes, stockings, and many
more items to the service members and their families at Fort Gordon.Additionally, we received a donation in the amount of $425.00
from Bands for Arms. Thank you for all the wonderful support!
November - We attended the Fort Campbell ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Warrior
Transition Unit's barracks. On the 17th, we raised over $500 with a fundraising event held at Jack's Tavern. Lastly, Bands for Arms donated $360 this month so that we may
continue to provide items to wounded and deployed service members throughout the year.
October - We completed a Celebrating Home fundraiser that raised approximately $220 for the holiday season. Our events held on October 8th and 9th in the White House, Tennessee area raised $259. Lastly, we received a donation of 150 decks of playing cards from Spinettis Gaming.
September - We began coordinating to complete card signatures and create a wish list for the holiday season for deliveries to Fort Gordon and Fort Campbell.
August - We raised $138 at our bake sale in the Augusta, Georgia
area on the 27th. Additionally, we were able to provide 15 caeses of water, 59 stuffed animals, kids games, and outdoor
items like jump ropes and footballs to Fort Gordon, Georgia. We also have started working to collect approximately
1500 holiday and thank you cards that have been signed by adults and children so they can be provided to the service members.
July - We raffled a two (2) night
stay at Embassy Suites located at 10 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN with a
$25 gift card for Carrabba's Italian Grill. Mr. Rick Tapscott was the
winning ticket holder. Your continued support helped us raise $345.00
from this event! Additionally, we have been able to collect
approximately 400 beverages to be provided to a future event at Fort
June - For a Fort Gordon event on
June 17th, we provided 12 cases of water and16 twelve packs of soda to
be provided with the meal. Additionally, we provided $40 in gift
certificates to Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA, $15 in gift certificates
to T.G.I.Fridays, 4 movie tickets, and 20 games of Putt-Putt golf so
that they could be raffled off to those that attended the event. Our
June 18th Motorcycle Poker Run was rained out but we managed to raise
$52.00. This motorcycle run will be rescheduled for a later date. Bands
for Arms bracelet sales assisted us with another $435.00 donation.
May - We provided 10 Augusta
Greenjackets tickets to the troops at Fort Gordon and raised $42 from
ticket sales for the May 26th game.
April - On April 8th, we completed
a BBQ event for approximately 300 service members at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky. We provided 12 cases of soda and 2 cases of water to Fort
Gordon. Additionally, we raised $403 with our benefit show at Jacks Bar
and Grill and an online Bruster's Ice Cream.
March - We raised $171 at a bake
sale in the Augusta area and $130 for the fundraising event at the Tin Roof Inn in the Nashville area.
February - We were able to collect
donations for 155 boxes of girl scout cookies and cards for a delivery
to Fort Gordon and the VA in Augusta, Georgia.
January - The United States Military
Veterans Motorcycle Club (USMV MC) in Augusta, GA donated $700 and
Nick Padrigo Mendoza III from Bands for Arms has personally donated $600! We would
like to thank all of them for their generosity in order to provide items
to wounded service members! We have received blankets donated by Military Connections to be provided to the Active Duty
Rehab Unit at the Charlie Norwood VA facility in March. Based on the
sales of the Troop Bracelet a total of $189 was received in order to
purchase 54 boxes of girl scouts cookies. Additionally, the Lifting
Spirits bracelet raised $105. Thank you for the support Bands for Arms.
Lastly, we received a thank you letter from the Warrior Transition Battallion on Fort
December - We completed our
December 5, 2010 bake sale in White House, Tennessee and raised
approximately $167.00. We also received a donation from Bands for Arms in the amount of $200.00 from sales of
the Lifting Spirits Bracelet.The Lifting Spirits team completed the
first delivery toRedstone Arsenal for 85 wounded service members. On
December 10, 2010, we completed deliveries to the Charlie Norwood VA
Active Duty Rehab Unit (32 personnel) and Fort Gordon (50 personnel).
Our last delivery of the month was to Fort Campbell for 50 members on
December 24, 2010 with blankets donated by Military
Connections and cds to all locations donated from Toyota Motor Sales, Marketing Department - Torrance,
California. During the holiday season, we also mailed a care package
to a naval vessell (150 personnel) with chocolate covered cherries,
candy, candy canes, hot cocoa, beef jerky, cards, and granola bars.
Anothercare package was mailed to troops overseas with chips, candy,
bubble gum, and cards. Lastly, we mailed cards to a deployed Marine
unit. Many of these cards were recived from schools in the Washington D.C.
November - We completed our
November 13, 2010 bake sale in Martinez, Georgia and raised
approximately $230.00. We also received a donation from Bands for Arms in the amount of $168.00 from sales of
the Lifting Spirits Bracelet.
October - We completed a fundraiser
by selling Top Notch Car Wash gift cards through October 3, 2010 and
raised $118.50 that will assist in providing holiday items to our
wounded service members at Fort Gordon, Georgia and provide a holiday
meal for those at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Our bake sale on October 9th
only made $20.00 but we thank those that showed there support.
August - We completed a fundraiser
by working the Augusta Greenjackets concession stand on August
5, 2010. The U.S. Military Vets MC provided several volunteers to
assist us man the concession stand. Together, we raised $485.20 in order
to provide the items to our wounded service members.
May - We completed a bake sale in
Martinez, GA and obtained approximately $300 in donations.
We also completed our deliveries to the VA Active Duty
Rehab Unit and to Fort Gordon. We delivered cards, cds, and
the remaining of the baked
goods from the bake sale.
April - We completed a bake sale in
White House, TN and benefit show at Jack's Tavern in Nashville, TN in
order to obtain approximately $800 in donations.
March - Girl Scout Cookies, Black Velvet Deluxe CDS, cards, bookmarks and
December - cds and dvds, Christmas cards, stuffed animals,
peanuts donated from Logans Roadhouse, stockings, candy, home-made
cookies, books, ornaments, Christmas decorations, chapstick, coffees,
creamers, hot cocoa, scratched picture frames, blankets, children's gifts, teas, and
bookmarks and holiday cards (Thanksgiving and Christmas)
August- cards, posters, bookmarks, and
drawings from Columbia County Schools and daycare facilities and
Springfield, Tennessee schools
May- 200 cards signed by Lewiston
Elementary for the Augusta Greenjackets game on May 8 to recognize the
wounded service members
February- Girl Scout cookies
December- stockings filled with candy,
cards, blankets, dvds, games, puzzles, phone cards, candy, chap stick,
snacks, mugs, coffees, teas, children s puzzles, children s clothes,
December- routers, heaters, snacks,
stockings, cards, candy canes, dvds, newspapers, books, magazines