Message from OWHMD Founder – September 2016
It’s hard to believe that the lazy days of summer are now behind us, the routine of school for families are in full swing. It’s the time of year where lots of young adults step forward at their schools, to lead the effort not only volunteering at our events but organizing remarkable “Welcome Home” card and snack collection drives.
We are proud of all of our student volunteers for their accomplishments, and successes as they represent their school through their various extracurricular activities to help us. Many are leaders in their National Honor Society, Sports clubs or Church groups. One such example is Hannah Brewer who is a talented OWHMD volunteer who has given back countless of hours of her time with us, and initiated her own 510c3 organization, “Hannah’s Heroes” to help our Veterans.
Her poise, demeanor, character and singing talent has won her the Miss Maryland crown and come September 11th, she will represent our State of Maryland at the Miss America Pageant at 9 pm EST on ABC. All of us from Operation Welcome Home Maryland wish her well in her competition, and hope she brings home the Miss America title. Go Hannah!
Another young adult volunteer is Matt Oxley, a senior at Severna Park High School, along with his classmate Kyle Sullivan who, as part of their Leadership III project, for the fall semester, will collect snacks items to help fill snack bags for our troops. This marks the second year that Matt has organized a very successful snack drive which has filled hundreds of snack bags. These individuals are only two of many other students who have helped OWHMD through the years.
We look forward to the school year to meet many more young leaders such as these! If your son or daughter is interested in gathering volunteer hours for graduation or confirmation requirements, or your school is looking to doing something for Veterans day in November, please contact us for more information.
In closing, did you know that every donation, large or small is used to help us support our troops? We are all volunteer organization, extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from many local individuals, church groups, and companies for all the generous donations and volunteers! We continue to need volunteers so come on out and greet our Troops so they know that our Nation has not forgotten their service!
As we approach September 11th, and we remind ourselves how many lives were lost to terrorism, it’s important to think of different ways to volunteer for the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Even though we do not have a scheduled event for that day, remember that “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Author unknown.
Until next month, see you at the airport! Kathy
About Operation Welcome Home Maryland!
Since March 2007, Operation Welcome Home (Maryland) greets Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard service members returning from overseas. We average about four welcome home event per week, and YOU could be part of the excitement.
Individuals, corporations, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, civic organizations, religious organizations, and government agencies have all participated in events since our founding in March 2007. Volunteers help decorate the lobby with patriotic signs and banners. They also package “goodie bags” for the troops, many of whom are hungry, thirsty, and tired from their travels and will be waiting on a connecting flight.
When the troops arrive through the doors of the International Arrival terminal, we shower them with praise, cheering them on, hugging them, offering them a “goodie bag,” and thanking them for their service.
We invite you to come on out to the International terminal at BWI and help us welcome them home! Take a look at the EVENT CALENDAR on the right side of this website to see the current month’s event dates or call our hotline at (410) 630-1555.
We are also meeting many unexpected flights so keep watching the calendar for changes; we suggest putting our hotline telephone number in your cell phone to get up to the minute news on new flights we will be meeting…
Thank you for your interest in supporting our troops and giving them the hero’s welcome home they truly deserve!!! We also encourage military personnel from all services to come in uniform to greet your fellow servicemembers!
ATTENTION: Companies, schools, church groups and other organizations: We invite you to come out and support our welcome home events, and/or contribute water and snacks for the troops; please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Volunteers are always needed to give our troops the hero’s welcome that they deserve.
Email any questions you may have to: email@example.com
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