April 30, 2011 Packing Day for The Care Package Project™
Our April 30th Pack Day went very smoothly thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers. We had 80 volunteers attend from all over the country to help us ship over 900 military flat rate boxes full of 11 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, hygiene items and food items for the Marines.
Click here for a slideshow of photos from the pack day!
We held a raffle to raise money for the Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk/Ride that Marine Parents staff will be participating in, and we collected a grand total of $421 in donations! Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to this fund.
After the packing we quickly transitioned our warehouse into space for our volunteer appreciation lunch. Awards were given to our distinguished volunteers, and all volunteers were recognized for their dedication to The Care Package Project™.
Our guest speaker, Navy Corpsman Tony Mena from Columbia, Missouri, gave a moving speech about the importance of troop support and how special he and his fellow troops would feel after receiving care packages from strangers. Afterwards he recited an original poem, which he had dedicated to his friend who was killed in Iraq. He then picked up his guitar and entertained everyone with some tunes, including a song he wrote and produced. Many were fighting back tears by the end of his performance. We thank Tony for joining us and giving us the opportunity to hear his story.
A Special Thank You to:
A special thank you goes out to the following companies, organizations and supporters who help make this possible:
Boy Scout William Graham III, Maryland: 17 boxes of content
Boy Scout Jonathan Lawson, Utah: 272 lbs. of content
Lawrence Grange Company, Pennsylvania: 23 boxes of content
The Jackman Family and Delta Dental, Kansas: 432 toothbrushes
Southlake Family Dentistry, South Carolina: 1,215 toothbrushes
Rolling Thunder Chapters, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina & Florida: 2,500 toothbrushes
Trinity Girl Scout Troop 30475, 30547 & 30063, Missouri: 14 cases of Girl Scout Cookies
Brownie Troop 2724, Missouri: 3 1/2 cases of Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Troop 62293, Missouri: 6 cases of Girl Scout Cookies
Brownie Troop 62260, Missouri: 9 cases of Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Troop 30328, Missouri: 35 cases of Girl Scout Cookies
Blue Star Mothers of America, Nebraska: care package content
Sandy Deraps, Missouri: 27 bags of content
Cheryl Moody, Kansas: 40 cases of ravioli
St. Patrick Catholic School- York, PA: 95 cards
Carlton Palmore Elementary- Lakeland, FL: 64 handwritten letters
Quest After School Program- Columbia, MO: 306 cards
Thompson Middle School Science Team 8-1, St. Charles, IL: 82 letters
"Dear Marine" Cards and Letters:
Rock Bridge High School students
Joe Guffey at U.S. Post Office
Thanks to those who traveled from the following states to volunteer with us: Kansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Arkansas and Michigan
Donators of Products and Services: