I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food and football. But in addition to my two favorite “f’s,” I’m always reminded that this is the season of philanthropy– both giving thanks for what we have and giving our time to the community.
We tend to get caught up in the regular hustle and bustle and forget that there are people less fortunate than us that may need an extra helping hand this holiday season. One charity holds near and dear to my heart – the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. A congressionally chartered, 501c3 nonprofit, USO serves the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform
Since 1941, the USO has been strengthening America’s military service members. USO-Metro provides us the opportunity to support and fulfill the needs of active duty military members and their families who live, work and travel throughout Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.
AGS’ commitment to USO-Metro
This summer, I joined the board of USO-Metro to help ensure that we can meet the needs of our nation’s brave service men and women, and the family members who stand behind them.
This season, Avnet’s AGS team participated in several community events. We kicked off the season of giving by volunteering for the Turkey for Troops. It started with a telethon on Veteran’s Day, hosted by WUSA9 and USO-Metro, to raise money for our local military families. Our very own Terry Walsh, IBM brand development executive, joined local businesses on WUSA9 to present our donation of $15,000.
Thanks to our volunteers and charitable community, we were able to collectively donate $119,344 to USO-Metro during the telethon.
The following week we participated in the Turkeys for Troops Festival. In preparation for the event, we stuffed (…mmm stuffing) more than a thousand boxes with delicious ingredients so military families can enjoy a Thanksgiving feast of their own. The holiday boxes had all the fixings – mashed potatoes, corn bread, pumpkin pie, stuffing and more – and were distributed to families during the Festival. Aside from the food, the day was filled with games, crafts, activities and prizes including a photo booth, centerpiece making station and raffle table.
Tis the season – give back to causes that inspire you
Sure, passing up the last slice of pie at Thanksgiving is a nice gesture, but don’t stop there. Help someone in need, give back to your local community and support our country’s military personnel. Want to learn more about past events or learn how to make a donation or get involved in future efforts? Check out some pictures and a video from the events and browse the USO-Metro website or follow them on Twitter.
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