Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Hero of the Month

Hello Everyone!

In honor of reaching 1,000 fans on our facebook page yesterday, we have decided to add a new tradition to The Art of Encouragement.
In 2010, we added our Airport Outreach (Click HERE to read more).
This year, we are going to send surprise Encouragement packages to our country's heroes.  We sent two of these packages last year, and we have decided to send one package a month to our "Hero of the Month".

Our inspiration came from this great paper we found at Mardel yesterday!
After selecting a hero (either past or present military personnel), we sill send out a request for encouragement. People around the world will email us encouraging notes and letters addressed to our selected hero. We will print these encouraging notes on the paper above, and send them to our hero. Hopefully we will be able to help our nation's heroes through some tough times.

Last year we sent an encourgement pacakge to Mr. Eldon Box. Eldon was a two time P.O.W. who was diagnosed with cancer due to his exposure to Agent Orange. Eldon had to leave his home in Oklahoma and spend an extensive amount of time in a specialty hosptial, undergoing multiple treatments for his cancer. Eldon had never heard the words "thank you" (for his many sacrifies during his years of service to our country) until a couple of years prior to TAOE hearing about his story. We sent Eldon pages and pages of "thank you" messages from people around the country.

Do you have a hero in mind that needs some encouragement?

We are now taking nominations for our first official Hero of the Month.
Please email us their story and why you thing we should choose them as our Hero of the Month. Please keep all nominations 750 words or less :

Nominations for February are due JANUARY 31st!!! Don't Delay!

Please leave your contact information and put "HERO OF THE MONTH" in the subject line.
Please include info like name, hometown, age, name of family members, and a picture if possible. We want to know as much as we can!
(If your nomination is not chosen this month, it will be placed in the running for next month, for your convenience. We will contact you prior to selecting your hero to make sure your nomination is still relevent at the time of selection.)
Nominations will be taken all year long. The month in which you nominate will qualify you for the following month's selection.

After reading the nominations, we will allow our facebook fans to vote on their favorite story.

Good luck and happy nominating!

Ashley Hyde
Founder of The Art of Encouragement

Want to help cover the shipping of our Hero of the Month packages? Donate to TAOE via the button below. You just need a credit or debit card!

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