Thank you, Boveda cigar nation for helping Operation: Cigars for Warriors (OP: CFW) reach its goal of delivering its millionth cigar to U.S. military members serving in recognized combat zones.
The cigars were donated by cigar lovers, retailers and herfs. (Cigar makers could also give OP: CFW cigars until August 2016, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibited those companies from donating cigars to the troops.)
FIND OUT WHAT STICK WAS THE 1 MILLIONTH OP: CFW CIGAR
Robert Allan, OP: CFW Director of Operations revealed what stick made it into the milestone cigar care package.
That 1 millionth OP: CFW cigar was a Drew Estate A, a limited-edition cigar that was never sold, only given to people attending exclusive events.
CIGARS ARE A TASTE OF HOME & MORALE BOOSTERS
Deployed service members, like these recipients of the 1 millionth cigar, request premium cigars via the OP: CFW website. After the non-profit group verifies that the APO address meets the criteria as a deployment or float, OP: CFW fulfills requests on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sometimes service members request specific brands or sizes of cigars. What’s shipped is what’s been donated by cigar smokers and retailers. So if a particular cigar isn’t available, CFW volunteers make substitutions. The swap-outs are usually spot on because the operations and fulfillment teams are cigar lovers themselves.
OP: CFW is entirely volunteer driven. While they were deployed, many of the veterans who volunteer received the group’s cigar care packages.
Depending on inventory and number of requests, cigars ship out a month after a service member requests the cigars. OP: CFW’s 1 millionth cigar shipped out from HQ in Florida and was on its way to Kuwait. The Middle Eastern country is one of the driest, least-hospitable places on Earth.
WHAT’S PACKED IN A CIGAR CARE PACKAGE FOR SERVICE MEMBERS
Each OP: CFW contains:
- 25 cigars of varying brands, vitolas and and price points
- Boveda to protect the donated cigars by keeping them properly humidified, whether they’re headed to the desert or out to sea
- Cigar accessories, like cutters, holders and cigar magazines
MORE FIRED-UP CIGAR-LOVING SOLDIERS AT THEIR ‘FIRE STATION’
“We enjoyed some cigars (thanks to you and your team), played some Spades and enjoyed good conversations.”
WHEN YOU SHOP FOR CIGARS, BUY THEM AT AN OP: CFW DONATION CENTER
(Buy an extra box and leave it there)
Help OP: CFW get to 2M! And let’s step it up, folks. (It took the non-profit organization seven years before it reached its first 1M cigar goal.) OP: CFW is a 501 (c) (3) charity, so your donation is tax deductible. There are three ways to give:
- Send a few favorite sticks directly to OP: CFW
- Drop off cigars at any of 200 OP: CFW’s donation sites
- Donate immediately with your credit card
THE BEST WAY TO KEEP CIGARS FRESH WON SPONSOR OF THE YEAR
OP: CFW named Boveda 2019 “Sponsor of the Year.” As the global leader in humidity control for cigars, our company donates the Boveda that’s inserted into the cigar care packages. Without Boveda, it would be impossible for cigars to travel to some of the harshest climates and still arrive ready to smoke. Boveda was OP: CFW’s first corporate sponsor when the group was first founded in 2012.
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