For those of you not familiar with military jargon and acronyms, "AAR" stands for after action review. A recap/review, if you will. I won't be following Army standards on this AAR (I have better things to do with my time...) but I'll give you the run-down on the final tally.
First, a bit of clarification. I went through the comments and I tallied up the comments that did not specify a preference : 20 comments I then divided that in half and gave 10 to each charity.
Then, tallied up the ones that specified which charity the commenter wanted their $1 to go toward.
Soldiers' Angels Katrina Relief Fund : 12 comments (+10 = 22)
Armed Forces Retirement Home : 16 comments (+10 = 26)
The total came to 48 comments in all.
Now, that was below what I had budgeted so here is what I am going to do...I will round up to a higher number (not going to specify...you all can venture a guess if you are so inclined) and EACH charity will receive a donation for that amount. It's the least I can do. I can't get on a plane and fly out there to help. I can't give comfort to any of the victims right now. I can't help in any way other than to write a check and let these two wonderful agencies do the rest. I hope you will feel inclined to do so as well.
In case anyone is interested, here is the information for each charity with regard to donations :
SOLDIERS' ANGELS : For monetary donations, please mail a check or money order made out to Soldiers' Angels to:
Soldiers' Angels Foundation
Operation Katrina Relief
1792 East Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91104
ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME :
Monetary donation should be made payable to AFRH NAF (Hurricane Relief) AFRH, 3700 N. Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011
I would like to take the time to thank everyone who commented and everyone who stopped by to read about both organizations. I truly appreciate it and I am sure they will too.
Stay tuned - you'll be hearing more about Soldiers' Angels in the near future.
Again, thank you.