Yesterday was a big day for Pleasanton Military Families and me too! The Easter Pack Out was the first order of the day with over 200 care packages going out. At least half the crowd of volunteers were first timers. So great!
Later that afternoon, we set up outside of the Cellar Door to introduce people to the Adopt a Box program where anyone can make a donation that will end up filling and sending a care package overseas. Some of the folks had their photos taken in front of the flag with a sign showing they had adopted the care package. That photo will go right into the box when it is shipped. I love that our troops get to see the faces of those back home who SO appreciate their service.
We also had a table where people could write a note of thanks and encouragement to our troops. Those letters go out in the next Pack Out on June 3rd.
Best news of all?
$830 was raised for buying and shipping items over to our deployed men and women all over the world.
a VERY cool way to support and honor our wounded veterans
How To Help A Veteran
Click here to read Gary Sinise's blog post about how his foundation is helping build homes for our severely wounded veterans with multiple amputations. You can make a donation here as well.
Our Youngest Road Warriors, Dane and Cole Williams signed up on the Fourth of July
Our Fundraising Tactic
Road Warriors are Americans who run, walk, hike or bike 100 sponsored miles of open road anytime between Memorial Day and Veterans Day...to show support and raise money for our wounded warriors and their families...
WE DID IT! So far, we have $9,400 in donations from Road Warriors' sponsors and other donors. Thank you all! If you have already sent in your donations, Thank you! FANTASTIC JOB! If not, just click on the page "How to Donate" for all the info you need to make it final.
I'm outdoor obsessed. When I'm outside, I'm happy. I'm searching and finding...hawks, herons, coyote, faces in clouds, answers to prayers,
new ways to pump calories into backpack meals, the fix for my golf
swing. I launched my first blog roadwarriors2010 to invite people to log 100 miles of road time as a way to raise money for our American military heroes. We ended up raising $10,000 for Wounded Warrior Project and Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. My first donation to Freedom Alliance came from the sale of my Mom's 1968 Mustang which had been housed in a hanger in Lemmon South Dakota for 25 years. The crazy part of the story is that I didn't know I had sold it to my Mom's nephew until I saw him drive up in a wind storm to haul it away. The car remains in the family and is driven down Main Street in Lemmon each July 4th and for the Lemmon High School reunion. My second blog is www.starry-river.blogspot.com...it's a special kind of travel journal.