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Friday, August 28, 2009
Thanks a Million Bill Cooper
I talked with Bill Cooper in relation to his run for the Michigan US 2nd District Congressional seat, last week and he hinted about a huge plan that he was going to unveil. Well he did and it is below. I'm taken aback.
This is something so different and so unique that I think it deserves special attention. This is a very Bottom Up Politics type of thing. A marriage between the innovation that comes with years of experience in the business world and a grasp of the reality of politics. This is the best of what politics is. Too many good things to say about it to put down here.
I give Mr. Cooper The Two Thumbs, Bottom Up Politics award for his innovation and humanity.
I just got the heads up yesterday late on my return from the Oceana Co. Fair.
Here is a link to the “Thanks a Million” mobile food pantry campaign. This has just been set up and will be flushed out in the near future.
Bill Cooper’s website is linked below. Please note, he will be getting a new website within a couple of weeks. The phone # listed at the bottom of the website is functioning. Ms. Duda is on the job.
I can’t get a link to the complete email so I’ll cut and paste the info.
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BILL COOPER TO DISTRIBUTE 1,000,000 POUNDS OF FOOD IN WEST MICHIGAN
West Michigan Businessman and potential candidate for Congress Bill Cooper has decided to distribute one million pounds of food to people in need throughout West Michigan in a program he is calling, Thanks a Million West Michigan.
Starting Friday August 28th, Thanks a Million will be coordinating one hundred, 10,000 lb. mobile food pantries throughout West Michigan over the next year.
"When I was first encouraged to run for Congress, I asked, 'How much would a campaign cost?' When the answer was $500,000, my next natural question was, 'Where does all that money go?"' He decided that if he was going to pursue this path, he was going to make a real difference in West Michigan - not just spend money on radio and TV advertising, billboards, stickers and pens.
"While considering a run for Congress, I felt that it was important for me to meet the people of West Michigan, not just the GOP party people or key political contributors. I want to meet all of the people; including the people in need and the people who are willing to help out their neighbors in need," said Cooper.
Cooper says; "I am a fiscal conservative who is angry at how our government robs us every April 15th of the good feeling we get for being obedient to the Lord and helping others in the way we choose. I have never seen a person break down and cry tears of joy after sending in their taxes; tears of joy are a regular occurrence at a mobile food pantry by both volunteers and recipients."
The stated goal is 1 million pounds of food, but the real goal is to show people how easy it is to take this idea back to their own groups and organizations. It is Cooper's intention to see 1 million pounds turn into 4- or 5- million pounds by showing the volunteers how easy and rewarding this can be.
"Regardless of the outcome, I can walk away and say, 'We did something real, we did something significant, we didn't just shake hands and pat babies on the head.' We gave 1 million pounds of food away to people who need help in West Michigan's horrible economy!"
For his wife's 40th birthday last winter, she wanted to do a mobile food pantry with her family. As a direct result of that single mobile food pantry, several more were done shortly after that in their hometown.
Feeding America West Michigan land filled nearly 3 million pounds of food last year simply because they logistically couldn't get the food out in time. Cooper bought his own truck and beverage trailer so that they could help do their part to see to it that this food gets in the hands of those in need.
If you want to help, contact Thanks a Million at www.thanksamillionwmi.com or call 866-668-2468.
Thanks a Million is providing 1,000,000 pounds of food in one year to those in need across West Michigan through 10,000-pound mobile food pantries.
Our mission is providing temporary solutions to food insecurity, while encouraging people to start their own mobile pantries or food banks for sustainable
development and lasting change in their communities.
Thanks a Million!
Friday, August 28
+HOLLAND: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM in the Westshore Mall Parking Lot
+MUSKEGON: 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM in the Omni Fitness Center Parking Lot
Saturday, August 29
+CADILLAC: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Downtown City Parking Lot (Behind the Elk's)
+MANISTEE: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Dunham's Sporting Goods Parking Lot
,[more coming soon!]
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us. If you have a group of 20 to 25 volunteers, we can plan a mobile food pantry on a date that works best for you. If you are an individual volunteer, we can plug you in to help at a mobile food pantry coming to your area.
231.799.4987 | 866.668.2468
Thanks again Bill Cooper, I'll keep posting updates as they happen.
Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative