Monday, November 10, 2014

Honoring Our Veterans & Troops

Update: Wow! Thank you to everyone who helped collect supplies to mail to our troops. So many of you participated from a couple items to a bag of stuff (every item counts!). John and I took all your generous donations to the Bouck's Battalion drop off site at Sts. John and Paul Church this morning. We combined them into three big boxes, a shopping bag, and a duffel bag. Considering how little space most of the items took up in the boxes there must have been hundreds of toothbrushes, toothpastes, dental flosses, hand sanitizers, etc.  I was going to count them all and report back to you, but there were so many! Kim Boucek told me that it will cost about $9,000 to send these items along with the others collected and the cookies the girl scouts baked. Click here if you want to learn more about the break down of shipping costs or would like to make a donation to help with shipping.  Many of you wanted to help but couldn't stop by this week. Next year, I'll find out about this earlier in the process so that we can get the word out sooner. Again, thank you for your outstanding efforts in such a small time frame.

Thank you to our active, reserve, and retired veterans.

We'd like to treat you to a complimentary entree (lunch or dinner).
Visit the Inn this week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Just show your military/veteran's ID or other proof of military service. No coupon or certificate is necessary. Thank you for your service.

For the Rest of Our Patrons: Would you join us in collecting items for our service men and women who won't be able to visit the Inn for a complimentary meal?

Troops Item Collection at the Franklin Inn
I received an email today from Boucek's Battalion. They have extended their collection deadline because they are short on some items. I became aware of BB last week when I volunteered to help my daughter, Julia, make cookies. Our local girl scouts organized a night at Ingomar Middle School. The girls made 2,000 cookies! BB will be sending the cookies for Christmas. But, they would like to send additional items that our troops could use.

Here is what they need most:
* Power/Protein Bars
* Eye drops
* Deodorant
* Decks of cards
* Puzzle books
* Socks
* Hand Sanitizers (small, pocket size bottles)
* Toothbrushes
* Dental Floss

Bring these items to the Franklin Inn between now and Thursday. I will take your donations Friday morning to the Boucek's Battalion drop off site. They can also use monetary gifts to help with mailing costs. Please don't give us these monetary gifts. Give financial contributions directly to BB. Visit their website for more details:

Have a great week. See you at the Inn!