Happy New Year, fellow Troop Support supporters!
Just wanted to pass on a quick update on the success of our 2012 Christmas Care Package Campaign, which developed an incredible ENCORE feature!
We had budgeted and prepared inventory to send 200 care packages to 100 overseas Military personnel recipients. It was a tall order, but fundraisers and donations from the community generously met the demand!
THEN, to top it off, a very special request from an Army medic in Afghanistan came through to us. He had obtained a Santa suit, and was hoping to procure as many care package items as possible so that he could carry a Santa-Pack to all his stops as he made his rounds to all of the field area locations that are his responsibility to cover.
So we rolled up our sleeves, and as always, the Lord blessed us with an abundance of last minute goodies to be applied to this special Santa Project.
While we were trying to find a way to get a few more things to send to the medic for the Santa Project, we received a call from a Campfire leader living south of Everett. They had sold 150 containers of Campfire candy coated peanuts and trail mix that were intended to be donated for use in care packages for overseas troops – BUT they had no means to send them, and could we help them out?
COULD WE?!! It was – Literally – down to the wire last minute efforts to get these additional goods mailed out with everything else we were trying to send. We did some more double checking on our available funds for the already higher than estimated cost of postage for our 2013 mailing, and YES! We could come up with the postage to add these great goodies to the rest of what we had for the Santa Project! So, in ADDITION to the 200 boxes we were already sending, we were able to send 30 boxes to the Army Medic that was trying to play Santa in Afghanistan. For reference, postage is $13.45 per box – but postage is only about 1/2 of our expense for the care packages that we send.
This means that everything YOU did to help SW Community Troop Support in 2012 with fundraisers and donations that made the extra volume of this year’s Campaign possible, and reaching who knows how many more soldiers away from home on Christmas.
YOU helped us make a difference for American military personnel on the other side of the world!
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2013 ;o)
* * * PS > > > As always, this year’s Yellow Ribbon Motorcycle Poker Run will be held on the LAST SATURDAY IN JULY, which falls on July 27, 2013. We are still working on where it will start, the route and other details, but we can tell you that the PARTY at the end of the ride will be held at RIVERFRONT PARK in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, and we have the AMPHITHEATER and large covered kitchen area reserved for our use!
PLEASE mark it on your calendar, and let us know if you can help us with any details such as volunteers; a live band that would be willing to donate their time and talent for Troop Support efforts; food for lunch to feed the Troop Support masses; etc., etc., etc. ! As we do every year, we are already working to make THIS year’s Poker Run even greater than the year before!
Marilyn Pineda <><