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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

10,000 Care Packages for our Servicemembers...




I am floating on air right now...I am exhausted...but it is a completely happy amazingly elated feeling...I am in awe of what we, as volunteers for the USO, accomplished today. The USO is such an incredible organization, I just can not sing their praises enough. There were 137 of us, from all walks of life, some military (or affiliated) some just wanting to donate their time and we managed to stuff, box and pallatte 10,300 care packages and we did it in under 3 hours...here are a few pictures







First we stuffed the bags with postcards from Jack Daniels that people from all over the country had written messages on to the troops, when that was done they set us up assembly line style to put the "product" in the bags, product included toiletries, phone cards, granola bars etc. I was a bag zipper...:-). I would have pictures of the assembly line but we were working so hard I couldn't stop to take a picture! Every so many thousand packages, we would stop and do the conga...everyone..it wasn't an option...IT WAS SO FUN!!!


Can I just say that everyone whether you drink alcohol or not, should show some support to Jack Daniels, an american company, who although they can not sell/send their products to the troops overseas, are just out there to support the troops here...they have donated over $300,000 to events like these with the USO....
and this man right here




that would be Craig Morgan in the middle....wow...he actually helped the volunteers this morning set up for the packaging party, and then came out and worked on the assembly lines with us. He's just such a nice guy!! I have always been a fan of country music, and a fan of Craig's but now let me tell you I am going to promote him anywhere I can. Go buy his CD's, request his songs on country radio, whatever just do it. Here's someone who could have been with his family but took time out of his busy schedule to come spend time with us at Scott AFB and he was so sincere about it. This was not event that was advertised outside of the base. He did it just for us!!! He kept thanking US ...and he himself is former Special Forces with the Army. The concert was awesome and Craig and his band did this for us for FREE!!!!!

here are some more pictures







The USO survives because of it's volunteers, who better to give your time to than for those who lay their lives on the line everyday for us. Volunteer by clicking here.

Supporting artists who support our troops is what keeps the USO holding events like todays. You can go buy Craig Morgan's CD's by clicking here.
Jack Daniels can be found just about anywhere but they have a cool website too here.
Thanks for stopping by!

5 comments:

Leslie said...

WOW,
Good job Amy! I wish I could volunteer I just have no idea when I would squeeze in the time. It's shame people (like me) keep so busy. Linda's son came home from Iraq on Sunday and hopefully we get to see pictures tomorrow. Well way to be a great person!! I will help promote jack daniels!

Maria said...

Very cool. Those people are not appreciated enough!

Christi Snow said...

Wow! What an awesome post and THANK YOU for taking the time and caring enough to donate your time and energy!!! smiles...

Anonymous said...

ok this is too funny. i am trying this from john's laptop as he has mine at work with him. the words on this computer are not boxes, THEY ARE JAPANESE!!!! ok, can i catch a break here? i love you and want that tshirt you have on ;) in the picture i mean, not on right now.

ScrapHappy said...

You are going to scrap this, right????