THANK YOU to those in our community who support us and our troops!!
Last but not least, we participated again in the annual Bon Secours Festival of Trees. This is one of favorite activities to participate in. We didn’t win this year but one of these years we are going to win!
On November 19, a group from the Military & Government Liaison Office at Prisma Health came with a truck to load up our boxes and to deliver to the Post Office to be shipped out. After our experiences of trying to do that job ourselves we were VERY grateful for their help!
On November 14, we had our sorting and Pack Out to send out packages to our deployed troops overseas.
We also did a 5K walk on November 9, supporting our local women veterans, Battle Betty’s. It was so much fun to be able to get out and to be able to get together on a gorgeous fall day to support our women vets.
Because November is typically focused on our Veterans, it was very busy month for our BSM’s group. We participated in a couple of activities that supported our local veterans. We had a table set up at the annual Upstate Salute Veteran’s event at Fluor Field on Sunday, November 8.
Like everyone else, our BSM’s group has had to be creative in 2020 to raise money, do item drives and our annual Fall Pack Out. Many donated funds through our campaign on our website to Adopt a Box for $35.00 and for that we are truly grateful. So the months leading up to November we were busy trying to get our name out more into the community, explaining who we are and what we do. It paid off! Our Pack Out wasn’t as large as in years past but it was bigger than we anticipated looking at our budget over the summer months. It was exciting for all of us watching not only monetary funds coming in but local businesses and other groups, on their own initiative, having item drives.
Businesses and Groups like Greenville Tech, The Korean War Memorial, The Greenville Drive, Prisma Health, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Upward Stars Basketball team and St. John Methodist Church all had item drives and donated those items to us. Lowe’s in Simpsonville, donated boxes and packing tape as well as Home Depot. We thank you all for your generosity!
Another such business was Fairway Ford. They decided to have an item drive and loaded up the back of a pick-up truck full of great items to send to our deployed military overseas. Thank you Fairway Ford for your generosity!
Two days later we ladies really got our work out done for the day! Again, we didn’t have the helpers that we normally would have to help us but we got it done. Between only having three of us for most of the time carrying 125 boxes,(weighing b/w 20-25 lbs), up three flights of stairs, and loading the truck between heavy rain showers, we were able to get the boxes all loaded up and delivered to the post office where we had to then unload the truck. Thankfully, one lady’s husband and one other lady were able to come and help us finish up towards the end, which was a huge help!! We had sore muscles, we were soaked and we were tired but considering what our brave deployed troops go through on a daily basis it was worth it and we know our troops will love getting these packages.
We waited as long as we could getting the boxes of Girl Scout cookies shipped out to our deployed troops. Don’t worry, we practiced social distancing, and we wore masks and gloves when possible. It was a bit tough going this time around because we didn’t have any of the helpers that we usually have to help pack up boxes. And since our storage area is small we could only have so many ladies there to help out. We packed up 125 boxes of cookies and other goodies for our troops. We were hot, sweaty and very tired by the time we finished but we know our soldiers will enjoy them!!
Many hands made light and quick work on March 24, 2020 when we filled up a 16 foot truck with 450 boxes of cookies that were donated by the Mountain to Midlands Girl Scout Troop. The truck was then transported to where we store our items and we unloaded the cookies along with a bunch of Mac & Cheese bowls from Lowe’s Foods.
Sadly, because of COVID-19 restrictions we don’t know exactly when we will be able to gather again to pack up and ship out packages to our troops.
Thankfully, some of our mom’s who have children deployed, and one who has a child getting ready to graduate from the Air Force Academy, were able to send out some boxes to their loved ones. We were also able to share some boxes with local homeless and homebound Veterans.
In March, one of our BSM’s represented our chapter at the Memorial Stand Down event in Spartanburg. She took our donations, that included both men and women’s socks & underwear as well as personal hygiene supplies, to give away to the homeless Vets who attended the event.
In January, 2020, we were able to make the public a little bit more aware of our local chapter by having a fundraiser at Sidewall Pizza in Travelers Rest. We didn’t do too badly and to top it off we got to eat some yummy pizza! Thank you, Sidewall!!
Our BSM’s Christmas tree, at the annual Festival of Trees at downtown Greenville, was decorated by these talented ladies. They extended their fun by getting some hot chocolate and walking around admiring all the other decorated Christmas trees. Great job ladies!!
OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PACK – OUT ON NOVEMBER 18, 2019.
WE HAD MANY WHO GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTED ITEMS AND MONETARY GIFTS, WE SHIPPED OUT 125 BOXES TO DEPLOYED TROOPS!
Chick-fil-A contributed more than 500 packets of sauces.
Esurance of Greenville collected and donated Ramen Noodles and other items.
Lowe’s Market in Five Forks donated cereal bowls and packages of Goldfish.
Two local elementary schools contributed, Pelham Rd Elementary made Thank You cards to be added in boxes and the families of Mountain View Elementary’s K5 students collected and donated Chap Stick, Playing Cards and Protein Bars.
Mountain View UMC collected and donated Advil, Tylenol, Cough drops, & individual packets of instant coffee.
Two local High Schools also contributed. The Blue Ridge High AFJROTC collected and donated nearly 500 items. This was extra special because one of our mom’s son is an Alumni of this AFJROTC.
And a huge THANK YOU to our helpers from Dorman High School helping pack up boxes. They also wrote cards to be added to each box.
Our troops were so thankful to get the many packages from back home!
Swearing in of new Chapter officers during our September, 2019 meeting.
We had a Pack Out in August 2019 because of the generosity of these recent donors. Thank You!!
Lowes Foods in Greer donated more than 1,000 packages of Oreo Cookies that they collected by way of their customers.
United Community Bank also donated various items as well as letters that they wrote to troops.
Southern Management did an Item drive and invited us to their own Pack out on July 26,2019.