Candy Donation Drive Success!

We wanted to say thank you so much to our selfless volunteers who came out and made Candy Drive on Monday happen!  Since we shifted from cookies to candy this year we had no idea how much candy would show up, but boy did our community come through for our Airmen. 

You can watch a thank you video here and see images of cards some of the kids made.

We collected over 50,000 pieces of candy from active duty families, retirees and friends from the community!  We put together over 700 boxes and finished the earliest I’ve ever seen!  Our local schools, to include Borman K-8 and the DM Youth Center, assisted by having their military kiddos make sweet cards of support to include in the boxes. (some adorable examples attached)

On top of the candy donations, we had wonderful businesses and individuals donate money or freebies to our Airmen as well.   

A special THANK YOU to our generous donors, who made our boxes even more special.

Chick-fil-A (Grant)
Tucson Community Cares Foundation
Spectrum Printing
Pima Air and Space Museum and Titan Missile Museum
BX at Davis-Monthan AFB
Barb Brownlie
Knights of Columbus
Prestige Vending Inc
Daniel & Melinda Pinda
Fred Falgiano
Operation Gratitude
YMCA of Southern Arizona
Prism Hotels and Resorts
Borman K-8
Davis-Monthan AFB Youth Center
Davis-Monthan AFB Protocol
Davis-Monthan AFB Chapel
Davis-Monthan AFB Public Affairs
Davis-Monthan AFB Spouse Club

I also want to thank four superstars who took the lead on Monday and pulled it off–THANK YOU to Patricia Lyda, Heidi White, Jodie Walker and MSgt Danielle Manning.  Despite all the obstacles that Covid brought on, your generous donations and volunteer effort made this small gesture for our Airmen in the dorms special.  Please take a look at this short video that shows some of what went into the Candy Drive which was made by one of our wonderful base Chaplains, Chaplain Klimis.  Merry Christmas and see you next year! 


Kristin Pereira and the DM Candy Drive Committee

Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics


The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Arizona (LETR/SOAZ) is raffling three collectable pieces of memorabilia that would enhance anyone’s collection!

  • The first item is a custom-made Balance guitar with a hard case. This guitar has a hand painted LETR design, Special Olympics medals embedded on the front and back and there are LETR and Special Olympics lapel pins embedded in the neck. This guitar is one of a kind.
  • The next item in a shadowbox containing an Olympic torch autographed by “The Champ.” Mohammad Ali. There are two photographs in the shadowbox showing “The Champ” signing the torch.
  • The third item, also a shadowbox, containing a football jersey from the Arizona Cardinal. This Pat Tillman, number 40, jersey is autographed by Pat Tillman.

This raffle has great odds, having a maximum of 3000 tickets being offered. Tickets are being offered to anyone wishing to participate. And you do not need to be present at the drawing to win on August 6, 2020. You would be contacted and LETR/SOAZ will make arrangements to deliver the prize at no additional cost if your raffle ticket is drawn!

If you would buy just one ticket, it would be a big help to our athletes.

Tickets are available by visiting the following link –

Download the flyer here: Raffle Flyer w Classy Info

Soaring Valor

Thanks to Gary Sinese and his foundation for honoring our veterans.  Watch this moving video  Soaring Valor, about taking veterans on a flight to New Orleans to visit the WW II Museum. 

Stars and Stripes Project

Noelle Mary Alicia Salgado is an American Heritage Girls member. She is seeking to be the first in her troop to win this award.

American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age.  AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family community and country.

The project she has selected is challenging: updating and improving the patio area at Holy Family Church. The grounds are deteriorated and in need of repair and improvement.

You can view her presentation to our Chapter meeting here:


The presentation includes a ‘needs’ list and of course the project needs significant financial support.  You can contact her at

Cell: 520-661-0295

Home: 520-305-3548


The Last to Let You Down

Marine Corps Veteran and Bloomsburg University DE Alexander Findura shares his experience as a body bearer, an elite unit that carries Marines to their final resting place.