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Vote to help wounded Marines

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Pepsi’s “Refresh Everything” campaign is in full swing. The way the campaign works is that Pepsi allows users to vote on which causes they think should be awarded grants, and the top fifteen in each monetary category will receive them.

The Purple Heart Family Support group is in the running for the $25,000 grant. They work with wounded Marines and their families to provide support, rehabilitation, and companionship to these men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. However, the group is currently ranked 18th, and thus needs more support. As William Kristol writes at the Weekly Standard,

I know volunteers who work with PHFS at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and can vouch for their activities. At Bethesda, they serve dinner twice a month to families of severely wounded troops and to medical staff–200 meals per month–and at Balboa Hospital in San Diego PHFS volunteers provide recovering Marines and their family caregivers with group dinners, visits, field trips, companionship, and moral support. These Americans and their families have sacrificed for our country, and here is a way to take Pepsi up on their offer to help them out. 

To learn more about Purple Heart Family Support, visit their website here, or watch their short video here.

Here’s how to support these Marines:

How to Vote
1. Vote every day at www.RefreshEverything.com/PurpleHeart. You will need to register before voting, or you can vote using facebook.
2. Text 107451 to 73774 every day to cast a second vote. Standard text messaging rates apply.
3. Acquire Power Votes to vote more than once daily.
Find them on specially marked Pepsi products under the bottle cap and printed on the inside of a multi-pack.
4. Receive Power Votes in the mail.
Limit one free Power Vote Code per household. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Pepsi Refresh Power Votes
PO Box 760023
El Paso, TX 88576-0023