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The government couldn’t shut us down!
The Treat our Troops Committee is dedicated to supporting military families in the Kansas City area through a variety of initiatives and events. For the past few years we have organized a pumpkin patch event for the families at Fort Leavenworth and this year we were excited to make it better than ever. We planned and planned and finalized all of the details for our Halloween event but no event planner emergency preparedness manual would have had a section for the situation we faced. Ten days before our scheduled event, we received notification that due to the government shutdown all internal and external communication with our military contact would be halted until further notice and it was unclear as to whether or not our event was still on.
We weren’t sure what to do at that point, so we decided to reschedule once the government was back online and communication channels were restored. We moved ahead with plans to reschedule while we waited out the shutdown. We were surprised to hear from our contact at Fort Leavenworth – one day before our originally scheduled event – that several families were planning on attending the event as it was originally scheduled. Our committee members shifted their already rescheduled plans and put forth some great last-minute effort to bring everything together.
After about 100 emails and various trips to the store, our talented group of ladies was able to pull off the event within the 24 hours notice. We headed out to Shaacke’s Pumpkin Patch on a beautiful October morning and set up our table stations for crafts and snacks. The kids enjoyed decorating their pumpkins and cupcakes while their moms seemed truly grateful for a reason to “get off base” for a day.
The pumpkin patch event is one of several events this Committee has organized this year. The Committee also enjoyed volunteering at the 9/11 stair climb and sending holiday cards to members of the military serving overseas. In 2014, we’re looking forward to partnering with some new community groups and spending more time with the families at Fort Leavenworth. Nothing will hold us back…even if the government decides to shut down again!
This holiday season we’d like everyone to remember those currently serving our country to protect our freedom, and those that have lost their lives doing so. We know their spouses, children, parents, siblings
and friends miss their presence this time of year, and our committee will do our best to show their sacrifice is not forgotten.
Happy Holidays from Treat our Troops!