On December 19, KISM held A Very Woolley Christmas Fund Raiser at Bob’s Burger and Brew to help us raise funds for Christmas Care Packages! It was AWESOME! Nearly $2,000 was raised during the broadcast!
There were so many wonderful highlights of the day, starting with this story that was read on the air that was sent to us by Steven P, who received Christmas Care Packages from us last year:
I wanted to say thank you again for all the support you showed my entire unit while I at the Role 3 hospital in Kandahar. All items were greatly appreciated. We were able to share with many others within the hospital. Our supply train to the Role 3 was greatly reduced as they started the troop draw down. The number of items easily accessible that reminded people of home were the first thing to go. Working in a trauma operating room, we often missed meals, so all the snacks that were sent were wonderful! We actually hosted a few breakfast events just outside the operating room suites when we were slower, and they were a huge hit. I can not thank you enough for the little reminder of all we are fighting for. Many of the troops I was stationed with had ties to the northwest. I am wrapping up my leave with family in Mount Vernon, and headed back to Lemoore, CA. I was really hoping to be able to stop by and say thank you in person. Schedules being what they are, I missed you guys. I did swing by Naval Hospital Bremerton and was able to check up on 3 of the members who received care packages. They all said to say thank you again. It really helped lift spirits. Looking forward to being able to come and help with an event and pay forward a little bit of the love we were shown by your group.
HM2/ Petty Officer 2nd Class US Navy
Lots of Vets that attended the event were able to share their stories on the air (including SWCTS volunteer Pete Sill), which was a great opportunity for them to express how important care packages are and to thank SWCTS for our hard work. The support of our Vets is sincerely appreciated and we want to extend a big “Thank You” to the Combat Veterans International for coming to the broadcast and for their generous donation.
Many other connections were made that morning, including one with the Skagit Valley Marine Corps League. We definitely see them as a strong partner in the future.
We sincerely appreciate the donation by Cook Road Shell Station, Bob’s Burger and Brew, the Red Cross, Maskell Photography and many others. It was especially nice to see our friend Steve from Skagit Speedway, who arrived with two boxes of items for our care packages and spent a moment on the air with Brad and John.
There are lots of other “Slices of Life” that were shared with us throughout the morning. Our group of committed volunteers appreciate the accolades and gratitude for the work that is done to send a little Christmas cheer to those who serve on our behalf.
A huge thanks to our President, Cassie Freer for putting this together, as well as to Marilyn and Leo for arriving at such an early hour; their presence was very important in greeting supporters and thanking them for their donations.
We wish you the absolutely best Christmas and want the next year to bring you many blessings!