STURGEON BAY, Wis. Every year thousands of U.S. troops around the world receive care packages without asking for it, thanks to the ‘Adopt a Soldier’ program in Door County. On Saturday dozens came out to Sturgeon Bay, to make sure those care packages don’t stop.
This year’s fundraiser was special, because Adopt a Soldier received a surprise check for $20,000. The check came from the 'Tee It Up For the Troops' golf tournament last month, held at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.
"Our goal from the event was $20,000 and we obviously doubled that so we're honored to do so, it's the least we can do for the men and women that protected us in our country," said Mark Klinger, PGA head golf pro at Horseshoe Bay.
"We are going to use it for our local veterans, we don't get an opportunity to focus on the local veterans as much as we do the veterans that are serving, this is going to give us that opportunity," said Nancy Hutchinson, founder of the Adopt a Soldier Program.
Hutchinson says even though they’re expanding their reach to local veterans, that doesn't mean those who are serving will be forgotten. The money raised from raffles, food and donations will go toward shipping fees.
”Everything we put inside the care packages is 100-percent donated by the public, the community, and we put in ramen noodles, candy bars, just snacks, food and essentials," adds Hutchinson.
The Adopt a Soldier organization sends out packages eight times a year, annually they send out a total of 8,000 boxes to soldiers overseas and here in the United States.
Hutchinson hopes every package will show a troop, the Door County community cares.
“There are so many troops who don't receive care packages or anything from home and I don't want the troops today to be treated like the troops that were in Vietnam or the past. I want them to come home and I want them to know that we are thankful for their service, that we respect them for their decision, that's why we do this," said Hutchinson.
For more information on the Adopt a Soldier Program click here