Atlanta area North Georgia Honda Dealers answered a few prayers yesterday by donating much needed funds to the Metro Atlanta Blue Star Mothers, a 501 (c) (3) military charity. But aside from their generous donation of five thousand dollars towards shipping costs, employees banded together to ensure our Atlanta area military members were well-cared for while serving away from home.
Beginning this past July and kicking off in a Centennial Park Fourth of July celebration, the Atlanta area Blue Star Mothers and North Georgia Honda dealers, along with 11Alive News, banded together to fill Honda Pilots with much needed items for our troops serving overseas.
Recognizing the critical need for deployed military members to stay connected with those who support them back in the states, North Georgia Honda opened their dealerships as conveniently located donation sites. Using the tag-line, “Support the Troops”, North Georgia Honda asked Atlanta area residents to drop off small luxuries like sample-sized bottles of toiletries as well as snacks like cookies, powdered juice packets and beef jerky.
At the end of the 3 month collections event, North Georgia Honda dealers had collected enough donations to fill sixteen Honda vehicles. Volunteering their time to drive the cars to the studios, North Georgia Honda employees also donated several items to help fill the cars to the brim with goodies for the troops.
With tables filled from end to end with donated items, the packing, which began at 10:30, wasn’t fully finished until nearly 4 in the afternoon. Then, faced with a larger than normal postal cost, the Blue Star Mothers were moved to hear that North Georgia Honda Dealers would also be donating funds to the tune of five thousand dollars to help with the cost of shipping the nearly 400 boxes.
But Honda and 11Alive were not the only local entities to come to the aid of the military charity, the local Post Office, upon hearing of the need to transport the boxes, offered their postal trucks and mail carriers to assist in the secure delivery of these precious gifts to our troops.
Assisted by members from Operation Homefront, the Georgia State Defense Force, “Poolies” (soon-to-be Marine recruits) from Kennesaw’s Marine recruiting station, 11Alive employees, Gold Star Mothers, N.E. Atlanta Huggers Organization, Honda employees and the Post Office, the Blue Star Mothers (GA1) had collected, literally, thousands of items, packed them and had them shipped by the end of the day. This was an unprecedented achievement for the local charity.
Giving each volunteer organization a certificate to show their appreciation for such gracious support, BSM President and military mother, Cindy Wiley thanked everyone for their generous help and their continued support of all of our Atlanta area military.
In an interview with 11Alive’s “Atlanta and Company” show yesterday, Pete Richards of Ed Voyles Honda, expressed his appreciation of our local Blue Star Mothers, their children, and all of our deployed military members. Announcing that North Georgia Honda wants to be involved and “… do this again”, Mr. Richards and the other North Georgia Honda representatives and staff, want our military members to know that Honda dealerships support their sacrifices and are always eager to help.
In a time when economic hardships make it challenging for local businesses to reach out as much as they would like, North Georgia Honda’s staff offered their generous contributions of time and financial support to help our local military. Because of this, somewhere away from home- perhaps for the first time- a service member will receive a reminder of thanks and appreciation that spans the miles, reaches far and touches the heart.