September 7th, 2019
Fall Packing Event
256 BOXES PACKED AT THE EVENT…
TOTAL BOX COUNT THIS TIME – 278 SHIPPED OUT from September 14th to September 21st!!
This was an all time record for any event other than a holiday packing event. INCREDIBLE!!
We held our 2019 Fall Packing Event at a new venue – Richard’s Grille & Bar in Seminole, Florida. We had a HUGE turnout, and loads of goods donated for the event. Richard’s opened the place extra early for us, and even had some amazing bloody
marys and breakfast shots being served by our early bird bartender! Lots of coffee, and sodas were also on tap for our group. A lot of folks out there gave up their time on a beautiful Saturday morning helping us do what we do. All of these efforts make our
little pieces of home just that much more special – to us and to the recipients.
From the very start on Saturday, we had lots of help from people coming out to help unload our trailer full of goodies from Bay Care & FRSCPA – Thank you Liz Marquis and Rhonda Levesque for spearheading these efforts, it was incredible to see the amount of goods that came in for this event! We had raffles for hand carved walking sticks by our own Harold Thornton. We had hand made jewelry by Michelle Fulmer available for donations, and a silent auction for sea excursions by our friends at Marine13- thank you to Dean DeMott for handling that completely.
We also had volunteers from Young Men’s Service League, UPS, Kohls, American Legion and Auxiliary. There were members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local churches and businesses, and many other incredible volunteers from the community and bay area donating goods, and helping pack boxes for our troops. A special shout out goes to SeaDog Brewery, for your donation of all those shirts to pack in the boxes. Hope we get lots of photos from around the globe!
We always have a lot of young people come out to help pack our boxes. This is something that means an awful lot to all of us at TBTS – we want to give a heartfelt thank you to the families of the kids in attendance. By bringing these kids out to an event and getting them involved, it plants seeds for the future – valuable seeds for these kids to grow up with the appreciation and understanding of giving to those who protect our freedoms. It is a bright and encouraging view of the future leaders of our country. We are proud to have you as part of our effort year after year.
We had some folks that have been with us from the beginning, and many new faces as well. There were volunteers from all over the bay area and beyond! Many of our guests are veterans and we get to hear how much things like this meant to them as they helped us pack. One of our honored guests was Richard Walker. Richard was on the receiving end of our packages overseas, and made sure that our boxes got delivered to the very edge out there. Today, he helps us get more names and pack more boxes, and spread the word.
Our web-hosting and social media team BESTEDGE SEM continues to deliver, handling our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and on the web. These people have amazing talent, and I happily recommend them! Adam, Jeffrey, Owen, John, Jessica (and those behind the scenes)… THANK YOU!!
Thank you to all of those unsung heroes that never appear in any of the pictures on the site, but never fail, year after year, to take time and hit that PayPal button on the website, or drop us a check in the mail, or hold a fund raiser online – your donations are key to us being able to ship out the packages – you make that happen! And thank you to our many corporate sponsors who always come through with donations for goods and postage.
I am very proud of what we do. I know I say it an all the time, but it never loses a single bit of meaning with me – you folks are an amazing group of people. We have been at this a long time. This is our 13th year sending packages to our troops, and we are now
well over the 10,000 box mark! Together we all have gathered goodies, raised shipping funds, brought in cards and letters, and packed boxes to ship to our troops. Tampa Bay Troop Support has grown beyond anything we could have imagined. It has done so because of the drive and dedication of our members who always keep the project going. Thank you so much for believing in this effort and coming back time after time to join us.
More than anything, I want to thank our Troops – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Reserves – all of you who stepped up and signed the line to protect the nation we live in. Thank you to those who have been there and back, those who have served, and those that are still serving, and prayers up for those that served and will not return. You incredible men and women are the reason we do what we do. You make sacrifices every day so that we may live in peace and enjoy the freedoms of our great country. You represent the ideals and honor of the United States of America, and we are proud of you.
You are our True American Heroes.