Message from OWHMD Founder – April 2019

“Hello! I just returned from a deployment, and you guys welcomed us at the Baltimore airport. I want to thank you all for taking time out of your day to make that moment special for us. Most of us have families waiting for us in another city, but that moment when you first get back on American soil after being gone is an amazing feeling and having you guys there to welcome us made it memorable and made us feel special and appreciated. So, thank you!!!”

What a great way to start this month note! This is only one of thousands of “thank you” notes that we have received through the years. Each one is packed with emotion, and appreciation of all you who come out and help us achieve our mission, in giving our Servicemembers a Hero’s welcome home.

As we continue with our mission, we need your help in putting the word out at your school, church, and or work that we could most use more Volunteers and snack bag items to fill the snack bags for our Servicemembers.

Items that we are low on include crackers & cheese packages, snack size chips, cookies, granola bars, and candy. We made it through the Christmas holidays, and looking ahead for the summer months where are donations and volunteer numbers start to drop, We make approximately 1500-2000 snack bags per month, so any snack donation, large or small is greatly appreciated! Perhaps you know a business who orders chips, regularly for a restaurant, deli, or sandwich shop… how about proposing ordering a few more boxes to be donated to OWHMD? We are grateful to Chick Fil A , Goetze candy, Home Depot and others for their continuous support!

On another note, did you know that April is designate the month of the Military Child? This underscores the role these young children have, and thus are applauded for their daily sacrifices, and the challenges that they overcome. Do you know a military child in your community? How about taking them out for ice cream, or give them a chick Fil a gift card, or  tickets to the zoo, or Oriole ball game. Often these are the children we see at our events, aching to be with their mom or dad who has been gone for so long. If you don’t have any military children in your neighborhood, come on out to the airport with your gift card and make a military child smile with your toke of appreciation!

Enjoy the upcoming Easter Holiday with your family and friend!

With my humble thank you…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 webmaster@owhmd.org Volunteers are always needed to give our troops the hero’s welcome that they deserve.

Email any questions you may have to:  webmaster@owhmd.org

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