What a bittersweet event. Whitey Smith and his chicken cooking crew helped us for the 5th year in a row by cooking chicken for Wings for Our Troops “in loving memory of CPL Chad S Wade”. Together with them and many volunteers and so many that stopped by to buy chicken or just donate money made it possible for us to raise $1,875.00! All proceeds go directly to Wings for Our Troops to assist our enlisted military men and women get home before and/or after deployment to combat or for family emergencies.
Thanks to all the generosity over the last 6 years we have been able to send a total of 12 service members and their spouses/children (if they had them) home before and or after deployment or for family emergencies. This is not possible without our fundraisers and just the generosity of so many people who give.
This foundation is more than just assisting our military to us. It is about paying it forward and just saying thank you for all our service men and women sacrifice and do for us. If seeing family for even a short visit helps them get through deployments and being away from not only family and friends, but the comforts of home and many times without the conveniences that we can sometimes take for granted, then it’s all worth it.
We are blessed to be able to help these men and women as well as their families when it may be difficult, financially, for them to do so on their own.
Many are not aware that when our enlisted service men and women want to go home on leave whether it be for pre/post deployment or for a family emergency, it is out of their own pocket. Most of our service men and women make a very modest salary and most understand how costly it can be to purchase an airline ticket to get home. All that we have helped have been so gracious for the assistance. They are reluctant to ask for help, but we are so grateful when they do. It is a true honor to be able to assist those that reach out.
So for all of you that made donations, donate your time, serve on our board, or encourage and support us in any way, Thank you! We cannot do any of this without each and every one of you.