Examples: [Collected via e-mail, May 2009]
Think about this next time you want a soda!!!
I am a strong supporter of God's Pit Crew, a local organization right here in Danville, Virginia, that goes into areas devastated by various disasters all over the U.S; taking food, supplies, many tools and volunteers to cut down trees off of houses, rebuild homes and churches and anything else they can do to help with no charge to the recipients. Pepsi has been a real blessing to the crew since it's inception, supplying drinks to the volunteers as they tirelessly work in the hot sun, etc.
I just learned that Pepsi has refused to give anymore support to the organization unless they remove the word God from their name. Of course, this is not going to happen, as it was God who brought this organization into being, and God who continues to work many miracles through its efforts.
It looks like Coke is going to step right in as a new supporter. They are waiting to hear from the top officials, but the company is already lending its support. I understand the President of Coke is a Christian, and Coke purchased an airplane for Samaritan's Purse.
All I am asking you to do is pray for God's Pit Crew and also pray for those in control of the Pepsi Corporation that they would come to know the God we know. Let your heart be your guide as far as using Pepsi products. I know Pepsi is a huge company and own's many other companies as well. Please forward this to all your
God is able !!!
Origins: In May 2009, a PepsiCo distribution center in Wytheville, Virginia, abruptly ended its sponsorship of God's Pit Crew, a faith-based nonprofit disaster relief group. This crisis response team, which was founded in 1999 and is based in Danville, Virginia, has since its inception responded to
Our volunteers have cut thousands of trees off of peoples homes, gutted out houses, patched roofs, worked feeding kitchens that feed as many as 10,000 people a day a hot meal, they have prayed with people and gave them hope in their time of need.
We have helped our own community, by giving more than six hundred thousand pounds of food and supplies to needy people, we helped the elderly with home repairs, helped to rebuild a flood damaged church, gave away over eighty thousand pounds of new baby supplies to crisis pregnancy centers in our area, and gave the Salvation Army in Danville more than sixty thousand pounds of toys and candy over the past two years to be given to needy children in this area. A few of years ago we supplied generators, ice and bottled water to people in Pittsylvania County after storm damage from a Hurricane that hit the coast of Virginia. When a Tornado crossed Riverside drive and up thru Forest Hills our people went in to help.
In a followup the next day, WSET reported that within an hour of its airing the story, it was informed by Gatorade officials that the company's donations to God's Pit Crew would resume, but Gatorade provided no explanation for its original termination of the agreement other than to say that "religion played no factor in the decision":
A Senior Gatorade official from their corporate headquarters phoned to update us on the situation. Gatorade corporate spokeswoman Jennifer Schmidt tells us religion played no factor in the decision to terminate the deal. She would not elaborate on any other reasons for the termination, but stressed those donations are going to resume.
Last updated: 13 June 2009
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