Monday, September 22, 2008

Warrior Transition Care Packs: Wrap Up

WhooHooo, we lived to tell about it: Our Care Pack event for the WTB was yesterday afternoon. We managed to fill 103 bags with a LOT of loot, and collect enough donations to cover all of the expenses of the event and pay for the shipping.

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:
Loading up:


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.

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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.

7 comments:

  1. Well, I totally didn't get to the store for stuff for these packages. But count me in for cookies for care packages! I've got a chocolate chip cookie recipe that's DA BOMB, and makes A LOT of cookies.

    So glad to hear that the event was a success.

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  2. I used to get care packages at Christmas time. It always meant a lot to me to get them too. Keep up the great work.

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  3. You are the sweetest woman on the planet...

    and your energy level is amazing!

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  4. Marinemom8:50 PM

    Great job Lori!!!!

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  5. Thanks ya'll. Chefann: Preheat that oven, baby!

    GregC: I can't hear it enough. It's hard to feel like you're making a difference, sometimes.

    RLL: My energy level is returning; I sure was tired the day after the event, whewwwww, all that work finally came to fruition! GNG needed a nap!

    MarineMom: Thanks for showing up, as always!

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  6. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Thanks for everything Lori and crew.

    Richard Vaillancourt

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  7. That's wonderful. Great job!

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