Saturday, March 19, 2011

Military Cookout Benefits U.S. Troops

The rising costs of gas and goods and services didn’t slow down donations for local troops at the ninth annual Military Cookout hosted by the Fayette County Public School System’s Transportation Department.

The cookout raised over $2,600, about a $100 increase over last year. Gift cards will be purchased with the proceeds for Fayette’s men and women who are serving in any branch of the U.S. Military worldwide. Bus drivers Linda Mosley and Susan Voyles, whose idea it was to start the cookout following the 9-11 terrorists attacks, say they are grateful for the community’s support.

“This function has provided for our American heroes who have so bravely and proudly defended this country and her freedoms. For that, there are no words to express our gratitude. Because of these men and women, this country remains the greatest nation on earth. May God bless you, and may God bless America,” says Mosley.

Local merchants, community members and school system employees step up each year to donate goods, services or their time to make the event successful. There have been a number of businesses and individuals that have made donations all nine years including Autera Health Clinic, Alan Vigil Ford, Classic Landscapes Incorporated, Bella Bronze, Salon Bliss, Permanent Beauty Solutions, Andy’s Nursery, Petro Flame Incorporated, The Way of the House by Amanda Pearly, Brenda Mask, Robert Shays, Mask Service Center, Miles Ace Hardware, Jafra, Second Hand Sam’s, and Cutie Pye Bakery.

To have a gift card sent to a U.S. Military member, mail his or her name and address where stationed to “The Troops,” 210 Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Please include a local contact name and telephone number.

This cookout was extra special for Mosley and Voyles since both have said it will be their last. A tremendous amount of work goes into planning the yearly event, and now that it is established, they are ready to hand over the reins to their fellow colleagues.

“We want to spend more time with our families. This has been a great run, but after nine years we feel the time has come for us to step down,” says Mosley.

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