2020 has been a year of unique challenges for our military and your local USO. Service members are being quarantined from their families and most of our comfort centers are still temporarily suspended to keep our staff and volunteers safe. However, with the help of our supporters, we’ve been able to keep our mission alive like never before. Here is how we’ve continued to be a Force Behind the Forces, by the numbers:
Distributed 3,000 FDA approved goodie bags to service member traveling through the Richmond Airport
Delivered 37,288 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to commands all throughout Hampton Roads through Mission Delivery
Supported over 1,100 families from Family Readiness Groups with Homecoming, Deployment and COVID supplies.
Provided Family Activity Bags for 120 military families during our Curbside Pickup event at USO Fort Eustis and USO JEBLC
Served over 900 service members traveling through USO Norfolk International Airport since its reopen at the end of July
Celebrated National Hoagie Day by delivering free Wawa hoagies for military serving at NAS Dam Neck Annex
Launched virtual programs like Coffee, Cake, and Camo Podcast and Little Patriots Kids Korner for military staying home
Altogether, throughout the Hampton Roads and Central Virginia region, we’ve supported 85,701 service members, including 5,523 quarantined troops
All of our incredible partners and supporters have made this possible. Special thank you to our partners: Smithfield Foundation for providing our box truck, which made it easier for our team to deliver supplies; Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast for providing Girl Scout Cookies through their Gift Of Caring program; SAIC for providing the warehouse space to store these supplies; and to all our community supporters, who tune in to our virtual programming, share our resources, and provide the supplies our military needs.
With your continued generosity, we can continue our mission of keeping our service connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. Be a Force Behind the Forces and show your support!
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