Friday, November 13, 2009
So, what are red shirt fridays?
Red Shirt Fridays is a RL movement in which people wear red shirts every friday in a how of solidarity forour deployed military personel. This isn't a politcal movement....it's not a "pro war" statement...in fact, it's neither for or against the war. What Red Shirt Fridays IS, however, is a movement to support our TROOPS. The people that are out there sacrificing years of their lives for everyone else's freedoms. RSF cares not if you support the political motivations of war...they care to show deployed troops and returning and old veterans that we appreciate their sacrifices. Red shirts are worn because our troops bleed red, and we will continue this tradition every friday "until they all come home"
As a Second Life movement, we are seeking to further this aim. We would like to see everyone wearing Red Shirts, reguardless if they're "official" RSF shirts. BUT, we're also going to have vendors putting out RSF products to sell for a donation to a great charity, Operation Uplink. 100% of donations from RSF vendors will be donated to Operation Uplink!
So, what is Operation Uplink? Operation Uplink is a charitable organization started by the Veterans of Foreign War in RL. They seek sponsors and donations to allow cheap and free calls for deployed and wounded military personel around the globe. Through Operation Uplink, they are able to provide cheap phone calls for troops. They are able to provide theese calls for just 4cents a minute or 60cents for a 15 minute phone call. They also work with sponsors to provide "free call days" home. For Red Shirt fridays in SL, we are donating our profits to this organization, because EVERY little bit makes a different. In Lindens, phone calls can be provided for L$10 for one minute or L$155 for a 15 minute call home.
Alexohol Fashions is starting this movement, but EVERYONE is welcome to participate...as a volunteer to get the word out, by just wearing a red shirt, or as a vendor of RSF products. If you would like more information on any of theese categories, please contact AlexandraM Guisse by notecard in world.
For this first week, Alexohol Fashions is the only vendor, but we are hoping to grow rapidly! Please spread the word!
Alexohol Fashion's Red Shirts this week are now on sale for L$100!
Stop by Alexohol Fashions and pick up your tees!
Finally, As someone who has a loved one deployed, I want to thank you all from the bottom of your heart for taking time to read this post, our notices in world, and most especially for any and all contributions you can make to Operation Uplink and for your support of Red Shirt Fridays.
Posted by Alex at 12:03 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hello everyone! In an effort to continue Alexohol Fashions committment to supporting US Veterans Groups and associated charities. We are starting Red Fridays in SL as a way to give to organizations that help and assist our troops and veterans worldwide.
The mission of redshirtfridays.org is to show support for our servicemen and women. We are not a political organization. We do not care whether or not one supports or does not support the war. We care only about making our support of our servicemen and women known to our fellow Americans and the world. We are a silent majority that does not wish to remain silent anymore. We need to let our servicemen and women know we support their sacrifice and we will not forget them and we will do this by wearing red on every Friday.
So, what exactly are we starting?
Wearing red on Fridays is a good start but that's not all. Each week we will be putting out one red item for sale, typically it will be priced around L$100 and all sales from that vendor will be sent to Operation Uplink. See the previous post for more information on this wonderful charity!
We would like to ask each of you to join us in this endeavor. You of course can put anything of your choosing for sale but we're recommending something in the 50-100L range to hopefully broaden it's impact for Operation Uplink. If you are a vendor or club that would like to also join along with us, please contact AlexandraM Guisse or Kylie Krell and we'll get you the associated materials and set up with links to the blog, etc.
*We have a notecard participation form that we are asking you fill out prior to the start of Red Shirt Fridays. This isn't an application, but more of a form so we can get all your correct information for the blog! We plan on linking to all participating stores, as well as showing previews and snaps of the great Red Shirt Friday Gear! To get this notecard, please send a message to AlexandraM Guisse or Kylie Krell inworld.
Thank you VERY much for your support of this wonderful charity!
The Alexohol Fashions team
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Posted by Alex at 8:54 AM
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
100% of the profits made from Red Shirt Friday items will be donated towards Operation Uplink. This real life organization works to provide inexpensive calls home for deployed and wounded military personel.
VFW Operation Uplink™ was launched in 1996 to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones. The program uses contributions from supporters to purchase phone time for the men and women who are serving -- or have served -- this great nation, as well as hospitalized veterans.
Operation Uplink is able to provide these phone calls at US$ just 4 cents per minute. That's only 60 cents for a 15 minute phone call for an active-duty troop to be able to call home to a loved one. In L$, that would mean just L$10 for one minute or L$155 for a 15 minute call home. So, every donation definately makes a huge difference. The vendors banding together to offer Red Shirt Friday items support our troops and supports the VFW Operation Uplink™ to help our active-duty troops be able to make a phone call home to a loved one.
Initially, VFW Operation Uplink exclusively distributed phone cards. In 2006, in response to growing demand, VFW began hosting “Free Call Days.” Now, every month of the year, troops can call home–at no charge—from Internet cafes throughout Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Millions of minutes already have been provided!
Traditional phone cards are still being provided at military hospitals and VA facilities, as well as to troops in regions not served by the “Free Call Days.”
For more information reguarding Operation Uplink, please visit the website, http://operationuplink.com/
Posted by Alex at 10:54 AM