Interesting how crack addicts and pill poppers can raise money for the troops coming home, I was at a local Wal-Mart to buy some shoes for my daughter. upon walking in I noticed a a rough looking female maybe in her late thirties early forties talking real low stating if I could help donate something for care packages for homeless troops, I replied "sure,when I come back out with some change" so after some shopping I was exiting the store began to approach the half-ass table display I witnessed the lady placing something in her mouth, I thought ok maybe it's meds when I finally reached the table I asked, " so how is your day?, how does SUPPORT OUR TROOPS FOUNDATION help, carepackages she stated $5 donation will go towards a one for the troops," I said that's great I will like to do a little more let me go back in and withdraw some cash, being a parent of a CORPSMAN I come back out the lady seemed spacey not intouched with reality eyes. rolling around half open, suspicious I would say I asked if she is ok she mumbled some quiet words I'm fine giggling afterwards, after realizing going with my gut instincts I did donate nothing added up. If I'm wrong and maybe the lady had a medical condition I apologize.
IF SEEING IS BELIEVING, THEN GO TO THIS LINK AND CHECK FOR YOURSELF: http://www.sos.state.md.us/charity/searchcharity.aspx TYPE IN SUPPORT OUR TROOPS FOUNDATION SCROLL DOWN AND YOU WILL SEE THEIR TOTAL EXPENSES AND COST, NOW I KNOW PERSONALLY WHEN I WORKED FOR UNITED WAY THEY HAVE BAD NUMBERS!!! THE SPOT WHERE IT STATES USE OF PAID FUNDRAISERS SOTF PUTS NO BULLSHIT, HOW COME THE NUMBERS DONT MAKE SENSE FOR A GOOD OLE HONEST CHARITY????OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN WILL BE SICKENED IF THEY KNOW A ORGANIZATION SUCH AS THIS ONE IS USING THEIR SACRIFICE TO MAKE MONEY, HELL I EVEN LEFT UNITED WAY AFTER FINDING OUT HOW MUCH OUR BOARD WAS MAKING OFF SADNESS OF OTHERS IN POVERTY.. RESEARCH AND YOU SHALL SEE THEY ASK FOR CASH DONT GIVE, IF YOU WANT TO GIVE, THEN HAND IT DIRECTLY TO A SOLDIER,MARINE,AIRMEN,SAILOR ETC.. p.s. LETS JUST SAY A CERTAIN FOUNDATION WILL NO LONGER HUSTLE PATRONS AT A NATIONAL EVENT WE THE PEOPLE CAN NOT STAND BY AND LET ORGANIZATIONS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GOOD CITIZENS
This group is still out there stealing peoples money. Please help shut them down. Look at the truth... 93% to the fund raisers????????Support Our Troops Foundation, Inc.
John Beckner,P.O. Box 9287 7329 Holabird Avenue, Suite 4,Dundalk,MD 21222 (Baltimore County) Phone (443) 722-6772
Disclaimer - This organization is in compliance with the Maryland Solicitations Act.
Charitable Contributions: $25,508.00 Charitable Program: $13,615.00
Total Income: $25,508.00 Management & General Expenses: $23,698.00
Fund Raising Expenses: $0.00
Total: Fundraising & Mgt Expenses: $23,698.00(93%)
Percentage denotes amount of money spent on management and fund-raising for reporting year. Financial figures were obtained from organization’s IRS 990 report.
Year Represented: 2010 Uses a Paid Fundraiser: No
Purpose: To provide care packages, may include but are not limited to clothing, food, soap, shampoo, razor blades, and blankets. We will contact vet hospitals to arrange standdowns.
There are Those people in this world who come along and touch the lives of others for the better. I just truly need to say THANK YOU S.O.T.F. the fact that not only did you help me in my time of need, but you made me feel like I wasnt begging or receiving a hand out. You guys really conduct yourself with pride, dignity, and respect!!! THE LORD WALKS WITH ANGELS LIKE YOU!!!! AMEN!!
Do your homework before you donate to this group. They raise thousands of dollars a year pay their staff memvers and only donate about thirty care packages a year. Do the math for your self who is truely wining sure aint the troops who put their bodies on the line for freedom! And organisations like this, prey on these heros to fill pockets. I protect liberty
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I worked with many of non profits in the past and have never worked with one as willing to help any soldier ( vet) with a problem if they were able too. As you know it is very hard to find some one self less enough to give countless hours to something with no payment but self satifaction. Its has been a long road and iam sure its going to get longer but I stand behind my soldiers(vets) and when I cant I will stand in front of them. SO remember Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of all who threaten it!~!!!! SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I TOO GAVE A DONATION AT A BIKE SHOW AND WAS WITH THE WOMAN WHO SAW THIS GROUP AT HOOTERS, AND THEY WERE LAUGHING ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY SCAMMED. THE ONLY MISTAKE IS THE NAME IT WASNT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, IT WAS AID OUR VETERANS FROM ESSEX MARYLAND!! THE MISTAKE WAS MADE BEACUSE BOTH GROUPS ATTENDED THE EVENT AND BOTH GROUPS HAD FLAGS THAT READ "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" BUT THE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS FOUNDATION HAD ACTUALLY RETIRED VETS, THE "AID OUR VETERANS" GROUPS DIRECTOR OF CHARITABLE GIVING SUZETTE STEELE HAS SEVERAL FELONY THEFT CHARGES, INCLUDING CHECK FRAUD ALONG WITH THE PRESIDENT OF AOV THEY BOTH HAVE SEVERAL FELONY THEFT CHARGES. UNFORTUNATLY ACCORDING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE ITS NOT ILLEGAL TO SIT ON THE BOARD OF A NON-PROFIT WITH SUCH CHARGES, HOWEVER THE "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS ORGANIZATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS NO CRIMINAL RECORDS AT ALL AND FROM WHAT I SAW THEY CONDUCTED THEMSELFES IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER, ITS UNFORTUNATE THAT THE CONFUSION WAS MADE HOPE PREVIOS COMMENTS DID NOT HURT THE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS GROUP SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION, WATCH OUT FOR THE AID OUR VETERANS SCAMMERS!!!
I FORE WARN ANYONE WHOM GIVES TO THIS ORGANIZATION THEY ARE VERY SHADY AND UN WILLING TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THIER ORGANIZATION SUCH AS WHERE THE MONEY GOES? WHY THEY HAVE SELF PROCLAIMED DRUG ADDICTS AS PART OF THEIR "VOLUNTEER" STAFF. I AM AN FEMALE EMPLOYEE OF A PROMOTIONAL COMPANY ADVANSTARr OPERATIONS MANAGER TO BE EXACT. WHILE WALKING AROUND CHECKING ON EXHIBTORS AT A NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE EVENT SAN MATEO CA. I APPROACHED SUPPPORT OUR TROOPS FOUNDATION'S BOOTH ONLY TO BE UNCOMFORTABLY TOUCHED BY ONE OF THEIR VOLUNTEERS BY THE NAME "DON" HE WAS ACTING LIKE A RUDE ARROGNANT MALE CHAUVINIST INDIVIDUAL, I MADE A COMPLAINT REPORT TO MY HIGHER UPS HOPEFULLY THIS ISSUE IS ADDRESSED SOON.
What a bunch of crooks. I saw this group at a motorcycle show and gave them a donation for a piece of candy. They said the money was to send care packages to military guys overseas and that they were volunteers. Later that night I saw the same guys at a local Hooters whooping it up and laughing about their "days take!" They were eating and drinking and bragging how "easy the pickings were in this town!" and "we all made over four hundred each today!" What a lousy group. If you ever have an encounter with them, just say NO!
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