Spirit of Giving 2016

Our chapter is pleased to announce that we have selected Wreaths Across America (WAA) as our 2016 Spirit of Giving project. WAA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization who operates with the following mission, “Remember our fallen U.S. veterans. Honor those who serve. Teach your children the value of freedom.”

One of WAA’s projects is to sell holiday wreaths throughout the year. In December they have a National Wreaths Across America Day. On this day they will distribute all the wreaths they were able to sell to over 1,100 locations throughout the U.S. and volunteers are honored to place these wreaths on the graves of U.S. veterans. The volunteers are asked to say the veterans’ names out loud as they place the wreath down.

Our chapter has started a fundraising page to assist WAA in selling wreaths for this year’s event. The wreaths are $15 each. Per the WAA website, “$0.86 of every dollar donated goes toward wreath sponsorships, shipping costs not covered by our trucking partners, and fundraising group paybacks. WAA operates on the remaining margin, keeping overhead low and paying wages to just eight full-time employees; our Executive Director and Chairman take zero salary and are 100% committed to the mission.” WAA will reimburse our chapter $5 of every wreath sold which we will use for events to further our mission.

This is a wonderful opportunity to teach our youth a patriotic value of honoring, respecting, and remembering those who have served our wonderful country. If you participate in this program, please take a moment to explain why you are doing so to a young one in your life.

Please note that the deadline to purchase a wreath for the 2016 event is Monday, November 28, 2016.

If it is in your heart to support WAA in this worthy cause by purchasing one or more wreaths, please do so by following one of the methods below. Please note that you do not have to be present at the Wreath Laying Ceremony to purchase a wreath.

  1. Pay online by credit card or electronic check.
    1. Go to https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=33985
    2. Click the red “Donate” button towards the top of the page to the right of “FBI Jacksonville Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIJCAAA) (FL0364P)”.
    3. Select the number of wreaths that you’d like to purchase. Wreaths are $15 each.
    4. Click “Next” and continue to follow the prompts on the screen to make your payment.
  2. Mail a check.
    1. Make check payable to: WREATHS across AMERICA.
    2. Wreaths are $15 each and you can purchase as many as you’d like.
    3. Mail check to: FBIJCAAA C/O Amanda Videll, 6061 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

The wreaths that are delivered to the location for placement will not be marked for any particular group.  It is WAA’s intention that all wreaths sponsored for the cemetery can be placed by any volunteer who attends the ceremony and should not be set aside or singled out for any one fundraising group;  this action does not follow the spirit of the mission.