On Dec 3, 2012, I had the privilege of attending Hometown Heroes Awards Ceremony held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The FW Family Readiness Group presented SaddleBrooke Troop Support with the “Volunteer of the Year Award” Receiving the award on behalf of our group was Sheldon Israel and “Moose” Creighton. The award was presented to us by Col. “Mick” McGuire and Barb Gavre, our Family Readiness Coordinator. Also in attendance was Major General Salazar, who was presenting service awards to our Troops.
And just what did we (YOU) do to receive this award?
So many of our returning soldiers and veterans cannot find a good job after transitioning from military service to civilian life. We set up a program to fund $25.00 food cards to those in need, often times, more than one. We were able to fund $1,500.00 each month for this purpose, thanks to generosity and BIG hearts of The Military Family Partners Group of Units 42 & 43. We are now also budgeting $1,000.00 each month for the sole purpose of purchasing diapers and baby formula. Even with all of this, we found still another need. This effort was not sufficient to put enough food on the tables of our Veterans and their families. So “Moose” being the major “softie” that he is, started collecting canned goods from his church and local clubs. Then he set up drop off points at Saddlebrooke Drugs, Golder Ranch Fire Stations and Sunny Side Café. Recently we were asked to participate in DesertFest 2012 which launched our official program “THE MILITARY FOOD BANK”. Gradually we will be asking our Units to hold a food drive at one of their meetings or events. Already on board to help us support this new program are Units 49 and 27. How many more units will get onboard to support this effort? Contact your unit rep, if interested.