Ok it is that TIME AGAIN!!! Each year it gets earlier and earlier, I remember registering for it back in November one time then again in October then last year in September.
The annual Heroes at Home Wish Registry gives back to the men and women who serve our country and allows those who are deployed to send their love home for the holidays. Now in its fourth year, the Wish Registry has raised more than $17 million in gift card donations from customers and associates and helped more than 83,000 military heroes and their families have happier holidays.
This YEAR: Registration is open only to individuals 17 years of age or older who are on active duty between August 30, 2012 and December 3, 2012 in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Reserves.
Registration is limited to the first 20,000 eligible individuals, and ends when such number is reached or at 11:59:59 PM Central Time on August 30, 2012
Here is the link to the SEARS Registry.
Full terms and conditions and a FAQ will be posted prior to launch on the sears.com/heroesathome website.
The program distributes 100 percent of funds received back to military families across the country.
I just wanted to give a MILITARY SPOUSE SALUTE to SEARS. I have been lucky to have participated in this event in the past and it was really nice that SEARS gives back. I really see SEARS helping the veterans and military families out. Here in July they held a hiring event for women veterans who were unemployed. Sears also employs a lot of military spouses and dependents! I just want to say THANK YOU TO SEARS.
Last year, the Heroes at Home Wish Registry helped thousands of military families. For many, the wishes were simple and practical including everything from warm clothes to new toys for their children to a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations for their homes. In fact, many veteran families that were helped by last year’s efforts have shared their stories to encourage customers to donate to the program this year.
One family shared:
“Heroes at Home last year made Christmas much nicer for my kids. I was able to buy them all some really nice gifts. We have never been able to spend money on new decorations due to finances, so we let the kids all choose new things and hung them when we got home. Having been a part of this program last year made our Christmas very nice. I hope that this program gives another family the joy that it brought us last year.”
This fall more than 20,000 active members of the military registered to participate in the Heroes at Home Wish Registry. Now through Dec. 31, customers can visit www.Sears.com/heroesathome and read stories, like the one above, as well as donate to the Heroes at Home Wish Registry. Upon making a donation, customers can include a note to the families and wish them happy holidays. Donations made to the Wish Registry are not tax deductible and will be used to purchase Sears gift cards that will be equally distributed to all registered families. “The Heroes at Home Wish Registry is just one of Sears Holdings’ multiple programs designed to support the military and their families,” said Don Hamblen, Sears’ chief marketing officer. “The Wish Registry enables all Americans to recognize and celebrate the commitment our military makes on behalf of our country everyday. I can’t think of a better time than the holiday season to give back to those who have given so much.”
What’s more, this year Sears is expanding its military support by working with the non-profit organizations MyVetwork Foundation, Inc. and The American Legion, to create the new Jobs for Vets program. As a part of this initiative, the Heroes at Home program will also help provide job placement and mentorship assistance to military veterans. MyVetwork is an online social networking community custom designed to be the most valuable and sustainable community of individuals in the U.S. military — whether active duty, retired or veteran — and their spouses, families and friends. The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans organization. It was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation. Job mentorship and placement are provided through MyVetwork and the American Legion at no cost to veterans and their families. “This is our chance to both provide our brave and dedicated veterans with employment opportunities, and attract and hire more qualified veterans to our ranks,” said Hamblen. Sears Holdings’ ongoing commitment to assisting troops and their families includes several recruiting and employment programs, as well as a military pay differential to Sears associates employed (full time) who are reservists serving on active duty. Reservists who are employed full time are allowed to continue participating in life insurance, medical and dental programs. For more information, visit www.sears.com.
About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation’s fourth largest broadline retailer with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands’ End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has the Country Living collection, which is offered exclusively by Sears and Kmart. We are the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings’ Web site at www.searsholdings.com.
SO I got this from my FRSA in the 264th CSSB here at Bragg. As you may know, SEARS encountered a few issues with the registration process on YESTERDAY which impacted some people’s ability to register.
They are re-doing a whole new registration process and will be conducted on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 1pm CST.
PLEASE NOTE: All prior applications will be discarded. If your readers were able to submit a registry application yesterday, they must re-apply during the new registration time period in ordered to be considered for the registry.
At the dedicated time, Sears will post a REGISTRATION link on the Sears Heroes at Home website, www.sears.com/heroesathome, where active military members, Guard and Reservists and their families who comply with program guidelines can sign up for the program. Registration will again be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will close once the maximum number of 20,000 applicants is reached.
Please note that the button to register will only go live at 1 pm CT on September 3. Before that, you will not see a button to register. Again, here is the link