For the past 2 years we have partnered with the USO and 4 Wheel Parts to collect toys for struggling military families. in 2017 we were working to support the 161st Air Refueling Wing – The “Copperheads” based on Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix Arizona. You can learn more about them here: http://www.161arw.ang.af.mil/
We started with an intro from the USO the the commanding officer on base, and from there we planned to make sure all of the needs were met. The event took place on a Saturday and was hosted by Glenn Gruettke, the store manager for the 4 Wheel Parts store in Phoenix.
The crowd all come for a fun day of Raffles, Vendor exhibits, RTI Ramp, BBQ, Bounce Houses and most importantly to help fill up the Beast!
We had a great day and of course the giving was contagious. Mark Turner from Daystar brought out his beast of a truck all loaded up with goodies he and his wife went shopping for that morning. These events go so much better with great partners like we have with Daystar.
The presents about filled up the cafeteria. The muscle crew all squeezed in for a pic too!
All in all a fun day for us, but the end results are what we are here to see. Here is the letter we received after the event:
I would like to extend our appreciation to you and your group for supporting our Airmen over the holidays. Please pass on this message to those that supported your efforts.
Here is a message from one of our airmen:
I normally start with “Hi” or “Hello”, but I think THANK YOU is a little more appropriate for the occasion.
I can’t tell you how much my family and I appreciate what you all did for us.
My wife called and told me that you all stopped by and gave some Christmas gifts for the kids. Ironically, the wife and I were just talking the night before about adjusting our budget to make Christmas happen for our babies this year. I can’t tell you guy how perfect the timing was and how thankful we are.
My wife didn’t realize what you all had done until you all had left. She was a bit emotional when I spoke with her.
Again, I can’t say thank you enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
P.S. Please thank everyone who played a part and let them know that they were a blessing to my family and I.
Van Duyne, Wendell, A1C, USAF