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Monday, July 19, 2010

Dear friends and supporters,

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for your participation and interest in Restore The Gulf. Today we have taken a big step toward helping families in the New Orleans area recover from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Restore the Gulf has secured a grant that will match any funds raised up to $500! What does this mean? With the funds raised and matching grant, we will be able to reach more families this year!

With your help, Restore The Gulf will be able to  pay for the application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This means that businesses, civic organizations, and individuals will be able to make tax-deductible donations! Restore the Gulf will remain a strictly volunteer effort, and we will be able to connect concerned businesses with families on the ground faster and with the benefit of tax-deductible - on the record - donations. Our goal is to raise $500.00 by August 15th. Soon,we will be able to accept larger tax-deductible donations from businesses and individuals that will cover the costs of transporting and housing volunteers while simultaneously assisting local charities in their efforts to establish food and clothing banks before the holiday season arrives!

Please, contribute what you can. Many of you know me personally, and what started as a small mission to help out has turned into a movement. Your contribution will help deliver hope this year. September and October will be crucial to helping hundreds of people make it through the winter months and holidays. To date, RTG has done some incredible work, but only with the help of generous supporters. We volunteered over 90 hours and drove 2,500 miles in June. This month we shipped 80 pounds of food and supplies. Now we have the opportunity to make a huge impact where it counts the most.
Remember that anything you contribute NOW is worth double the impact with our generous grant! You can also contribute any items listed on our Urgent Needs Page

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for your support and encouragement!