Thursday, May 22, 2014

Push-Ups or Pancakes

Yesterday, I had the privilege of volunteering at probably one of the coolest events I have ever seen. Every year Smucker's holds a contest and awards one military base with a free breakfast event for active duty military, retirees and family members called Push Ups or Pancakes (it took place during PT hours hence the name). This year the Fort Bliss Commissary was lucky enough to win the contest.

Last year Fort Sam Houston successfully fed over 12,000 people and we knew that we wanted to beat that goal. Well we did and then some! We fed over 19,000 military members and their families. Smucker's provided everything from pancakes, muffins, sausage, biscuits, water, coffee, juice and other items. Other companies were generous enough to donate a slew of free stuff for everyone to take. There were items such as kcups, spatulas, peanut butter, jelly, cakes mixes, golf tees, shirts, mugs and a bunch of other items.

This was my view at 6am, I was assigned to the iced and hot coffee tent (well one of 4 coffee tents). We had a blast, we joked and laughed the entire time.



We even got pictures with the Uncrustable guy and Cuppy from Dunkin Donuts.

After the event was over volunteers were allowed to get anything we wanted. I walked out of there with 7 cases of kcups, juice, sparkling water, jelly, peanut butter, pencils, shirts, golf tees, coffee mugs, etc. The generosity of these companies was absolutely outstanding. I am sending 2 cases of coffee to my sister and the rest is going to the soldiers at Kyle's company.


I hope that anyone affiliated with the military gets to experience an event like this. It was an honor to volunteer and say thank you to all those that give so selflessly.

Thank you Smucker's for supporting the military community the way you do.

18 comments:

  1. That looks like such a cool event. How nice of all the sponsors and volunteers!

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  2. Drew LOVES those uncrustable things! But let's get back to pancakes. Now I want some. :)

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  3. That's awesome! I hope that I will get a chance to experience something like this!

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  4. What a fantastic day!!! I love knowing which companies support the troops so I can support them as well.

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  5. Wow! That's so awesome and sounds like such a fun event!

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  6. Oh how awesome!!! That's so neat that yall got to take that much home with you!!

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  7. Wow - that is a great event. I love that you are giving the extras to the soldiers! :)

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  8. This is such a cool experience! I'll be sure to remember it for our next post :)

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  9. So AWESOME!!! And to come away with all that is great, I am sure Kyle's company will be so excited for some goodies :)

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  10. That's awesome! I've never heard of this event but it seems so generous! And also, what's not to love about free KCups?!?

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  11. How exciting!! 19,000 people, that's amazing, great job, Jen! And the goodies afterwards are cool as well :-)

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  12. Amazing! I can't remember ever hearing about this, but I'll pay more attention in the future!

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  13. Sounds like such a great event!

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  14. Holy cow! That is so awesome! Glad you were able to participate!

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