Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ICE Campaign - "In Case of Emergency"

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call.

Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE."

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Group, Restaurant Round-up Troop Support

A South Carolina-based troop-support group and a national restaurant chain have teamed up to see that at least 500,000 servicemembers get a note of thanks this holiday season.

Nearly 500 Golden Corral restaurants across the country are offering patrons the chance to pen a note of thanks to servicemembers through Nov. 15. The non-profit group Operation Thank You will include all the cards the program generates in holiday care packages for deployed troops, said Brian Bohlman, the organization's founder and a captain in the South Carolina Air National Guard.

Operation Thank You is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.

"(Golden Corral) saw that we had a goal to send 150,000 cards to our troops," Bohlman, a military chaplain, said. "The said they really didn't want to duplicate what we were doing, but the idea was that they could print up a similar card, a 'thank you' card ... if we would help get those into the hands of our troops during the holidays."

The program began in 2006 when Bohlman was deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He arrived with 5,000 cards of support for the troops.

He placed the cards in public areas where any patient or hospital employee passing by could read them. But one soldier gave Bohlman the inspiration to continue collecting notes for the troops.

"He stopped me in the hall, and he told me he read through like 100 cards," Bohlman said. "He said it was the best medicine that he had ever received."

That was all the encouragement the chaplain needed. His organization decided 150,000 cards would just about cover troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as some of the military hospitals, he said.

"Out of our inventory, we're about halfway there," Bohlman said. "We have some big events coming up in the next few months so we hope to have our batch of 150,000 finished, but if not, Golden Corral's definitely helping us go over the top."

It appears that not only will Golden Corral reach its goal of 500,000 cards collected from diners, it may exceed the goal. Bohlman said some of the restaurants are reporting they're almost out of the cards, which can be dropped into a box as customers leave the store.

"Some people, because it's designed like a post card, ... just take it home, put a stamp on it and just drop it in the mail," he said.

The restaurant is strongly encouraging its customers to drop them in the boxes, however. "They actually want to have an opportunity to proofread them before they get to me," Bohlman said.

Golden Corral also is conducting its seventh annual Military Appreciation Monday on Nov. 12. On this day, all 485 restaurants will offer a free "thank you" dinner buffet and beverage to any person who has served in the U.S. military.

A new component of this year's event is an essay contest open to anyone who has served or has a parent who has served in the military. Essays of 1,000 words or less should explain why the entrant is proud of their service or that of their parents. Three prizes, starting at $1,000, will be awarded to further the winners' educations.
By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Struggling Couple Needs Car

Assistant Pastor Knox Herndon of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is trying to help a couple in need of an automobile to get to work. The Church can provide a tax write off (5013-c) for the car. Call Pastor Knox Herndon 770-719-2365 or Cell at 678-665-3623 if you have a car you would like to donate to the couple.

Volunteers Welcome for Celtic Christmas Festival in Tyrone

Stars on the Southern Crescent Coffee House’s Celtic Christmas Festival, slated for November 16, 17 and 18 at the Tyrone Depot, 847 Senoia Road, offers a terrific deal for its volunteers, who get to see outstanding performances for free. And what a great line-up is in store!

Friday evening, November 16, features the Rum Runners, David Leinweber, Offshoot improv and the KSU Tellers. On Saturday, November 17th, the event plays host to the Brogues, Three Quarter Ale, and Wine, Women and Song. The Sunday, November 18, show includes two audience favorites, Barney's Goat and the Lost Boys.

Volunteer positions range from baking deserts to help unloading and building the set (experienced hands will be there to help newcomers), selling tickets, ushering and working concessions.

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, with performances beginning a half hour later each evening. Tickets, $10 each, are available at the Peachtree City Library, 201 Willowbend Road; online (; and by mail. To purchase tickets by mail, make the check payable to Offshoot Productions and send to: Offshoot Productions, P.O. Box 2462, Peachtree City, GA 30269.

Stars on the Southern Crescent Coffee House is presented on an occasional basis by Offshoot Productions, the Southside’s oldest professional theatre. For information, contact Offshoot at or (770) 631-2362.

This year’s three-night event is supported in part by a grant from Target.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

America Supports You: Opry to Send 'World's Largest Care Package'

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2007 - Country music fans soon will be invited to join top country artists and the Grand Ole Opry in creating the "World's Largest Care Package" for troops serving overseas.
"We feel like this is a great way to thank (servicemembers) and recognize the sacrifices that they made to serve our country and defend our freedom," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. "This just seemed like a great idea that we thought would catch people's attention and put some smiles on some faces overseas."

The Grand Ole Opry, with the United States Postal Service and the Defense Department's America Supports You program, will unveil the World's Largest Care Package during its televised "Grand Ole Opry Live" show on Oct. 6. The project is part of the theater's 82nd birthday activities.

America Supports You connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. "(America Supports You) is a campaign we believe very strongly in," Fisher said. "We also think it's important to provide an opportunity ... for country music fans and Opry fans to express their support (for the troops). So America Supports You is always on our mind."

That opportunity comes in a box large enough to contain 1,000 individual packages, exactly the number of boxes the U.S. Postal Service donated, Fisher said. Those boxes, which carry the Grand Ole Opry and America Supports You logos, will be filled with letters from Opry fans, as well as gifts from musicians and record labels and some of America's most recognized corporate brands.

"We're welcoming (fans) to drop off letters," Fisher said. "What we will really emphasize is really to share their thoughts in a letter."

Fan letters will be accepted through the end of October. The packages will be shipped by Nov. 11 so troops serving overseas will receive them by Thanksgiving, Fisher said.

"Mail is a great morale booster for our troops," Joanne Giordano, Postal Service vice president for public affairs and communications, said in a joint Opry, Postal Service, America Supports You news release. "We're proud to be part of an effort to connect our brave men and women in uniform with their friends and family back home."

Support for the project has been widespread, including fans who participated in an Opry online auction that netted $10,000 to ship the packages. Volunteers from the nonprofit group Tennessee Marine Family will pack the boxes with goodies that are collected.

Donna Clemons, the mother of a Marine who has served three tours in Iraq, founded the group, which also supports the America Supports You program.

"The way all these organizations have come together, I believe, is truly representative of the support of our mission for our military family, and we're grateful for their generosity," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communication and public liaison. "The partnership between the Grand Ole Opry, one of our earliest supporters, and the U.S. Postal Service is an excellent example of how organizations can come together through the America Supports You program."