Florida Patriots Unite for the Alabama Convoy for Kindness
In the wake of the devastating Alabama tornados, Florida 912ers, Tea Partiers & Patriots banded together to help our neighbors. Through the efforts of tireless volunteers, we were able to deliver thousands of dollars in gift cards, 10 pickup trucks & trailers and a 53’ semi-truck loaded with much needed supplies to the Christian Service Mission, (CSM), of Birmingham. CSM is a network of 25 Alabama churches distributing food and supplies to all areas of Alabama, particularly the small towns, from their 150,000 square foot warehouse. God bless everyone for their generosity and hard work!
It is important to note that Alabama is still in crisis. People continue to live in tents and donations are still very much in demand. If you would like to help please consider sending a gift card using The 912 & Tea Party Disaster Relief Program , or by visiting http://www.csmission.org/index-3.html.
For a look at how the Tampa area groups performed, click HERE.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE GREAT PATRIOTS WHO MADE THE ALABAMA CONVOY FOR KINDNESS A SUCCESS:
The Florida 912 Project:
A very special thank you to former 912 State Coordinator Don Hensarling for working tirelessly to set up the 912 & Tea Party Disaster Relief Program, http://912teapartyreliefprogram.com/, where patriots can have gift cards delivered to the Alabama Christian Service Mission. Special thanks as well to Publix and Wal-Mart for facilitating this program.
Abigail Adams Project, Pinellas 912 & Tampa 912
Filled two pickup trucks and a trailer full of supplies including 2 brand new chain saws.
Organizers: Karina Morrison of the Abigail Adams Project and Art Wayland of Titan Sign Posts. Special thanks to Karin Jaroch, Kathy Haddon, Pam Bollenbacher and Bill Thomas.
Businesses: Titan Sign Posts, Target of Tampa
Brevard 912 & Titusville Patriots:
Filled a pickup truck and 20’ trailer with supplies.
Organizers: Marion Rowe and Barbara Knick of Brevard 912, Keith Davidson of Melbourne 912, and Don Forward and Bud Abbot of Titusville Patriots.
Filled a pickup and trailer with water and supplies.
Organizer: by Keith Wilson & AAC Computers.
Volunteers: Special thanks to Don & Dianne Kepus who delivered the goods to Alabama.
Businesses: AAC Computers
Lake Mary 912 & Eastern Orlando Tea Party:
Organizers: by Kathy Gibson of East Orlando Tea Party & Tina Woode of Lake Mary 912.
Volunteers: Special thanks to Patti Green, Ben & Dan Pittman, Erick Bright, Col. Frank Bright, & Deborah Besselvre for developing a marvelous brochure and press release.
Businesses: Fat Boys BBQ of Kissimmee, Insight Financial CU in Lake Mary, Tijuana Flats of Casselberry, Net Complete of Maitland, Fountain Auto Mall of Orlando, CiCi’s Pizza of Winter Springs, WFLA AM 540 Radio host Bud Hedinger,
First Coast Tea Party:
The generosity of Jacksonville, Florida amazed us all! The First Coast Tea Party filled and entire 53’ Semi trailer with donated supplies including an entire flat of medical supplies from Healthlink! Organizers: LeAnne King, Leanne King, (yes there are 2 of them!), Billie Tucker, Carole McManus. Special thanks to Volunteers: Tom Wing, Debbie Gonzalez, Diane Powers, Carole McManus, Tom Duncan, Jeff Perry, James Kring, Joshua Warren, Lori Loschiavo, Leanne King, Dale O’Brien, Jane Carr, Roma Cox, Tom Cox, Jacqueline Cottingham, Drew King, Joan Secrest and a few that were just dropping off stuff and offered to help. A special thank you to Tom W., Tom D., Joshua, Lori and Drew for all the additional hours you put in.
Outstanding donors & businesses: Frank Houpt – for donating an entire pallet of water, Michael Jackson – for donating a wood chipper, Chip King – for building 16 awesome crates for the truck to put the supplies and cardboard boxes in, the use of a forklift and all the hours he spent running errands and keeping things organized, John Sanders & Freedom Expedited Services – the trucking company who delivered the donations to Alabama, Healthlink for providing an entire pallet of medical supplies, Baymeadows Moving & Storage, Sports Mania, Lera Plastics, AA Fiberglass, Suddath, Ft. Caroline Christian Church , Channel 4 News Reporter Hailey Winslow for spreading the story and the anonymous patriot who donated the gas money for the semi-truck.
Santa Rosa Patriots:
Sent over $400 in monetary donations to Alabama
Organizers: Wayne Smiley, Sharon Glass & Sam Mullins.
South Florida 912:
Sent $730 in donated gift cards to Alabama
Organizers: by Ed & Mandy Fulop
Organizer: Angie Prichard,
Volunteers: Matt Johnson, Janis Paulsen, Amber Chentnik
Businesses: Executive Investigations of Tallahassee, Old Navy of Tallahassee, YMCA of Tallahassee.