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! 

Sincerely,

Kristin Pereira and the DM Candy Drive Committee

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.