Long Bike Ride - Operation Elf Box

$8,223 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 26 months
Josh Hart  BEND, OR
Josh Hart is a lover of humanity, a social entrepreneur, a humble servant, and an optimistic adventurer. He is the Founder of Operation Elf Box, a non-profit organization based in Bend Oregon.  Every year he organizes a toy-drive and opens 'free toy stores' inviting families to shop complimentary and by appointment, those who need a little extra love at Christmas time. In addition, he produces two annual events. 'Celebrate' is attended by women affected by domestic violence. 'The 12 Bands of Christmas' is a free Christmas party that brings the entire community together. With the help of thousands, together they have distributed over 50,000 gifts to more than 8,300 children, those who may have otherwise gone without. Josh Hart is a giver, finding it difficult to ask for help for himself. He has worked diligently towards accomplishing this mission for over a five years. He's been without a permanent home, surfing sofas, and sometimes living out of his car. Despite these challenges, he has consistently made a tremendous impact on our communities with very little monetary resources. You can make dreams come true by making a contribution, supporting his long bike ride. Josh will be sharing the mission and vision of Operation Elf Box on a 3100 mile journey from coast to coast with his faithful border collie, Shoeless Jo. On March 1st, Josh Hart and his TurboPup, will emBARK on an epic adventure, pedaling a bicycle from San Diego to St Augustine, Florida. It would be impossible without your generous support. Please follow his blog at www.operationelfbox.org or www.longbikeride.com
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Update 23
Posted by Josh Hart
15 months ago
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Hello Friends! Thank you for all of the love and financial support on the Long Bike Ride and the Long Dog Walk. I know you like to help, so I’m humbly reaching out to you to see if you would be willing to help me, help myself, while helping others become a little freer. I’m working on spending the next season, traveling with the LOVEpups, writing a book. The title is called, Our Unknowns. These are true-short-stories, anonymously written by many, sharing things they could have never shared with anyone. I’ll be editing and posting them to the website/blog as they come to me. I live simply so it won’t take much for me to be comfortable while I’m exploring the hearts and minds of those who contribute. Maybe you have a story to share? Or perhaps you’re in a position to make a contribution of any amount to help fund this love+project? Please and thank you in advance. With love. Here’s a link to the www.gofundme.com/ourunknowns and one for the website; www.ourunknowns.net
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Update 22
Posted by Josh Hart
23 months ago
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I don't want you to feel bad for Jo and I when you read this, so please don't. We have made it to Saint Augustine, as you may already know. It's the oldest city in America, one of the most beautiful places, and has a warm, kind, spirited beach vibe to it. Seems like everyone is on vacation. Dorothy and Casey are two of the finest angels who are hosting us at their place a block from the water on an island. We are being made to feel at home while we rest and ponder the mystery of these days ahead. There are many aspects about riding my bike across America that I thoroughly enjoyed. One of them was watching everyone come together, all of us, shining our lights of love into the world. We too experienced a tremendous amount of love and kindness, mercy and grace, all along the way and still continue to everyday. I'm forever grateful for you, for your continued support as me make our way back home. We could have never done this without you, and we weren't suppose to. I will always remember your kindness. P.S. Shoeless Jo got to ride on a boat for the first time and he loved it.
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Update 21
Posted by Josh Hart
23 months ago
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The last few days have been challenging, pedaling along the jungle lined highways of Florida in the humid ninety degree temps. That's not whats drawing the emotion out of me though. As I ride along, I'm thinking about each one of you, all of the angels who have joined Jo and I on this incredible odyssey, encouraging us through every mile. The amount of love and support that we've received is simply overwhelming and I find myself just randomly breaking out in tears as I pedal, sometimes just a few fall and at other times I've actually balled like a baby. I wish there was a way to put into words exactly how I feel, the gratitude I have and the love I have for you in my heart. It looks like we'll be reaching the Atlantic Ocean in a couple more days. That won't be end of our journey though, it'll be the beginning of the next. Thank you, and God bless us all.
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Update 20
Posted by Josh Hart
23 months ago
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Jo and I are here in sunny Florida, feeling extremely blessed by all of the love we received in Alabama. It's true, southern folks are extremely kind. I don't think I can offer up enough thanks all of you. Thank you. Seriously. So Awesome. We'll be in Pensacola tonight, Destin tomorrow, if you know anyone who would like a visit from Jo.
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Gabe Parr
24 months ago

Great job Josh! I am embarking on a new mission myself with a concept I am calling "Trout Bus". www.troutbus.com

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Kelly Behnke
25 months ago

So proud of you! Nicely done!

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Justin Lattig
26 months ago

Josh, you're such an inspiration! I have watched in amazement as Operation Elf Box has brought love, light, and peace to so many here in Oregon. I'll be praying for you and Shoeless Jo's safe travels!

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$8,223 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 26 months
Created February 18, 2015
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Christina Frazier
24 months ago
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GO JOSH GO!! You and JO are a true INSPIRATION...You are truly living from your HEART and we can all feel it! :)

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Barb Gonzalez
23 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$44
Becki Schleede-Sylvester
23 months ago

Here's a little push to get you to that $8200 mark!!

DF
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Diana Field
23 months ago
GG
$60
Gil Gonzales
23 months ago
$100
Anonymous
23 months ago
$50
Jeremiah Long
23 months ago

Almost there man. Spreading the love now that I can. I'll take my Postcard from San Diego, so you're going to have to ride back again. ;) Just kidding. I would really like one from your final destination. Thank you for all of the amazing stories along the way.

PH
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Polly Howard
23 months ago

Continued Success to You!

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Colleen Harkins
23 months ago

A little push to the end. Safe travels to you & Jo.

MM
$100
Marilyn Miller
23 months ago

Hi Josh: Hope this helps with your return trip back to Oregon. I'm looking forward to meeting you and Joe in person. Marilyn Miller

Gabe Parr
24 months ago

Great job Josh! I am embarking on a new mission myself with a concept I am calling "Trout Bus". www.troutbus.com

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Kelly Behnke
25 months ago

So proud of you! Nicely done!

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Justin Lattig
26 months ago

Josh, you're such an inspiration! I have watched in amazement as Operation Elf Box has brought love, light, and peace to so many here in Oregon. I'll be praying for you and Shoeless Jo's safe travels!

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