The Montecristo Relief Organization was established in 1999 by Altadis U.S.A. after the devastating hurricanes Mitch and Georges pounded their way through the Caribbean in the autumn of 1998 killing over 11,000 people and injuring millions. Aside from the severer loss of life, the destruction also claimed many people’s homes leaving many homeless and causing economic hardship. Since its beginning the Montecristo Relief Organization has donated several millions of dollars to construct homes, schools, medical facilities, and provide scholarships and economic opportunities to victims of natural disasters in the Caribbean and the United States.
In recent memory a devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011 causing loss of life and immense damage. The Montecristo Relief Organization stepped into provide much needed funds to help the community of Joplin by matching the first $75,000 in contributions made by Altadis U.S.A., CBI employees, customers and, vendors.
Efforts like this are much needed as natural disasters strike the United States and the Caribbean. But, to fund to such efforts the Montecristo Relief Organization does not rely on donations alone and instead has created a yearly fund raising drive called Operation Hope. Operation Hope raises funds through the Operation Hope sample pack that has consisted of Montecristo cigars and an accessory such as a cutter or lighter.
For 2011 Montecristo has assembled a selection of 5 premium cigars matched with a Triple Flame Lighter in a sampler packaged in a beautiful gift pack presentation. Included in the Operation Hope 2011 Sampler are:
1 Montecristo75th Anniversario ~ Edmundo
1 Montecristo Classic Collection ~ Toro
1 Montecristo White ~ Toro
1 Montecristo Reserva Negra ~ Toro
1 Cigar Savor Lighter ~ CS3 Tri Flame
All of this has an MSRP of $110.00 but retails for $55.00. This is well worth the price considering the deep discount a combined pack of a tri-flame lighter and highly sought after Montescrito cigars and not to mention the the warm fuzzy feeling you will gain by providing a charitable donation to the Montecristo Relief Organization