We didn't quite hit our goal of 200, but I still consider the event a huge success. My plan all along was to aim high, and then to recruit scouting and youth groups where we fell short. It was a whirlwind event: people showed up ready to work, and work FAST! We finished up in about an hour, what we'd slated 3 hours to do!
Here are a few photographic highlights.
The truck & trailer, outside of the Air Museum:
Packing those bags:
Cooking those brats:
And, ready to go:
These bags are currently sitting my sunroom. We will seal them, pack them "this end up!" and get them on their way to Fort Gordon, GA.
Thank you, thank you, to so many that brought this together. So many stopped by my house, with their shopping bags full. Businessmen and women slated their offices as drop off points, boxes of items were dropped off at my office, and at Chanute, and just as many called and asked us to pick up. Checks came in the mail, some with precious notes from people telling me they were unable to shop, but hoped that they could help with shipping. Cash was dropped into buckets.
I can't thank you enough, and look forward to working with all of you at our future events.
We aren't done yet.
Don't forget that the holidays are just around the corner. We're going to make sure that every soldier on our list receives a care package for Thanksgiving, and a box full of gifties at Christmas. Blow the dust off of your grandma's cookie recipes, folks. There's still a lot to do.