Donating money to help the Valhalla Project is very easy and safe (click here to donate money), yet we're also very aware that there have been a number of nonprofit organizations that have wasted an awful lot of money in the past. So instead of simply asking for monetary donations alone, the Valhalla board would like to offer donors the opportunity to purchase critically needed items and have them sent directly to the property (address for deliveries: Valhalla Project, 743 King Lane, Yellville Arkansas 72687).
That way you will know exactly where your money went without any hidden administrative or overhead costs involved. Note that Valhalla is currently run by unpaid volunteers so such costs are never an issue anyway, yet this is one way cautious donors can prove it to themselves.
What kinds of things could you as an individual buy online and send to Valhalla? Some extremely affordable examples that would really help in the $20 or less range: garden gloves, safety glasses, electrical outlet surge protectors (the pilot Valhalla property is in lightning country so it's essential to use them on all electrical outlets), lots of hypo-allergenic twin mattress covers, and garden clippers:
In the $20 to $30 range: rolls of bird netting, wall mounted accordion and folding upright clothes drying racks (to save energy Valhalla will not have an electric clothes dryer), stacking coolers, and we'll never run out of uses for as many of the super-efficient lightweight Ames no-clog rakes around here - it takes one person several days to rake up the leaves from the future park area at the back of the house, but five people with five racks could get it done in a few hours:
A bit more expensive yet also badly needed in the $30-$50 range: shoulder dollies, tool racks, rain barrels, steel peg board organizers, rolls of hardware cloth, canned food rotator racks, kitchen compost keepers, twin size electric blankets (saves energy by heating the person instead of the whole room on most cold nights), large folding tables, and queen sized hypo-allergenic mattress covers:
In the $50 to $100 range Valhalla needs rolls of deer barrier netting, wall mounted wet-dry vacuum cleaners, 2x4 work bench and shelving systems, a pressure cooker canning set, and a FoodSaver vacuum sealer:
In the $100 to $200 range: heavy cable-lift storage racks for the basement, a DeWalt miter saw stand (Valhalla has the saw but nothing to put it on), cordless jigsaws, a heavy duty food dehydrator, packs of deer fencing posts
Other critical needs will always include items that would be impractical to ship, particularly construction materials and building supplies. By sending gift cards from Lowes, Home Depot, or Walmart you will be able to help Valhalla acquire these essentials while knowing there are no administrative and overhead costs involved in your donation:
|Lowes gift card|
|Walmart gift card|
|Home Depot gift card|
Thank you for your support!
An important note and disclaimer: while the Valhalla Project Inc. has already been incorporated as a non-profit organization, our application for full charitable 501(c)3 status with the IRS is still pending. This means your donation may or may not be tax deductible for this year, although we sincerely hope the IRS will be able to finish processing our application in the next few months. And regardless of tax status, with your help we will continue to move forward to safely house Soldiers and war zone civilian visitors by this coming spring.