On November 13th, we met Chris at the Lincoln Memorial
STIHL generously agreed to donate the chainsaw Chris said he would prefer (instead of a lawnmower).
We were able to give Chris not only a chainsaw, but also a check for $1701 (so far) to help him expand the Memorial Militia.
We are helping Chris set up a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization for the Memorial Militia.
In the meantime, this project will remain open so that people can continue to make tax deductible donations for his efforts. All proceeds will be given to Chris Cox for purposes of expanding the Memorial Militia.
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UPDATE: Thank you for your support! Your generous donations helped us to quickly reach our goal. Although Chris was not interested in taking money for his efforts, he has decided to continue the Memorial Militia and is going to continue helping veterans across the U.S. along with 1800 volunteers who were inspired by his actions. Because he is continuing these efforts, all additional funds donated to this project will be used to expand the Memorial Militia. On November 13th, we met Chris at the Lincoln Memorial. STIHL generously donated a chainsaw and all of the proceeds from the project were given to Chris and will be used to expand the volunteer efforts of the Memorial Militia across the U.S. Thank you again for your generosity and support!
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The Million Vet March was about to happen in Washington DC. With the government shut down, the National Mall and the surrounding memorials were not mowed, were littered with debris and fallen trees and branches would be a hazard to those served our country.
Chris Cox, armed with a chainsaw and lawnmower, stepped in to help and started mowing, cutting and cleaning. Chris set out on a one-man mission to clean up the National Mall to make it safe and presentable to the veterans about to arrive in the nation’s capitol.
Chris called himself the Memorial Militia. With his simple gasoline-powered lawnmower, he mowed the lawn around the Lincoln Memorial. With the chainsaw he uses in his woodcarving business, he cleared a tree that had fallen onto a path near the reflecting pool. Chris worked tirelessly, and selflessly, to make the area beautiful and safe for those who had served and protected us all.
Despite his good deeds, Park Police stepped in and made Chris stop doing his volunteer work, effectively disbanding the Memorial Militia.
Even though we hit our goal, additional contributions will be donated to The Green Beret Foundation in Chris Cox’s honor, or to a veterans’ charity that Chris Cox prefers.
At Crowd It Forward, we like to reward people like Chris who do selfless acts to benefit others. As a token of our appreciation, we raised funds to do something for Chris in return for his random act of kindness. In this Random Act of Crowdfunding, we raised more than $1,500 through your tax-deductible donations, we will buy Chris a new riding lawnmower, a new set of tools to help him with his wood carving business, or donate the funds to a charity of his choice in his name if he chooses to not accept the gift. Any funds raised over $1,500.00 will be donated to The Green Beret Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that provides resources to facilitate the special needs of wounded, ill and injured Green Beret veterans, or to a veterans’ charity that Chris Cox prefers.
Please donate today, and support the selfless act of Chris Cox, and his one-man Memorial Militia. Honor him with additional donations so that we can make a significant contribution to veterans in his honor.