My Name is
Melinda Brooks (ARI AGENCY located in Lenoir City TN) and I am a
member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church in Greenback TN. I work
with the Wednesday night Kids-time program as well as other
programs in our church.
In 2005 we
were studying Mission Projects with the kids, (Kids-time kids
are ages 4 thru 12). We gave them several projects to choose
from to be their project for the year. They chose Shoeboxes for
Soldiers. So we starting collecting items that were on the list
for the Adopt-a-soldier Program thru Fort Bragg.
year, the kids and their families collected enough items to put
together about 75 care packages for our deployed troops for
Christmas. In addition to the Christmas shoeboxes we have been
able to include items for their Dayrooms. We have also sent
packages at Easter and other times that the Ft Bragg program
director needed a little extra for our beloved troops. We have
sent an average of 100 shoeboxes each Christmas since as well as
a dayroom box to places that include FOBs in Iran, Iraq,
Afghanistan and Korea. We have also sent items to Blanchfield
Army Hospital for the wounded. We have sent to the Army,
Marines, and the Air Force. We hope to include the Navy as well.
(The Navy is a little harder to get things delivered to).
This past year the postage
had gone up from about $500 to send the shoeboxes to over $800.
Since we want to continue our Program that has been in place for
12 years, we are holding a community wide fundraiser and
carnival style event in September – September 16th, 2017
from 10-00 am to 3:00 pm.
We are going to be
providing games and cookout and ask the community to donate to
this worthy cause of letting our troops from all branches
knowing how much they are appreciated for the sacrifices they
make for us every day. There will also be a card making station
so that they can hand make a card that will be included in the
care package that is sent in December. We hope to have games
such as an obstacle course, a dunking booth, and at least a cake
walk. We want to have something for all age groups.
We would also like for the
community to meet some of our troops and see some of the
equipment they use to keep us safe if at possible. We are
hoping that you will be able to join us that September 16th
and bring one of your Army vehicles – for the kids to look at,
and possibly other items that maybe you show the recruit
prospects. We are hoping to give the community a better
understanding of what our Troops do for us on a daily basis to
keep us safe and protect the freedoms we all enjoy.
We are asking that if
any of the area businesses can help with an Item for our Silent
Auction or prizes for the games, it would be much appreciated.
Also donation of items for the soldier care packages are welcome
Please let me know if you
will be able to help us Support of Troops and the Shoeboxes for
our Troops programs.
I can be reached on my
cell phone at 865-200-6129 or at my office, 865-986-9086. I look
forward to talking with you soon. My email is:
Fellowship and Media
Shoeboxes for our Troops