On Friday October 16, WA Patriot hosted a blood drive for Cascade Regional Blood Services. Our drive did exceptionally well, with 13 participants and 13 units collected – 100% of our goal! We are happy to say that those 13 units of blood, once processed, produced 39 blood products for local hospitals. I want to thank all who participated from the WA Patriot team, and also to thank the Cascade Regional Blood Services group for their commitment to helping our community. For information on how you can donate, you can go to www.crbs.net to find a mobile close to you. NOTE: They are also at Albertsons Gig Harbor North every Monday from 12-6:30 pm. Way to go TEAM WA PATRIOT!
On December 17, WA Patriot volunteers showed their support for the Tacoma Rescue Mission by helping prepare meals and serve lunch to many homeless and low income people in the community. Prep work included peeling two bushels of apples and 50 pounds of potatoes, stocking supplies, dicing vegetables and other miscellaneous tasks. WA Patriot is passionate about supporting the Mission in their devotion to provide life-changing services to the hurting and homeless in Tacoma and Pierce County. Their accomplishments this past year included 304,556 meals served at a rate of approximately 834 meals per day. To learn more about Tacoma Rescue Mission and what they do, or to volunteer, please visit them at http://www.trm.org.
On Sunday, September 15th, WA Patriot employees participated in the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation’s annual ‘Race For A Soldier’ 5K and 10 Miler event in Gig Harbor. Our team has been supporting this event for several years through sponsorship, running, and setting up the race route with cones and signage.
CONGRATS to the WA Patriot team members and their families who ran, and a big THANK YOU to the volunteers who organized cone and signage placement along the race route and who assisted wear blue: run to remember in cheering on the race participants along the route. Your support once again helped make this race a successful event.
For additional photos and information about this event, please visit www.raceforasoldier.org
WA Patriot has been working on Phase 1 of the Fife, Milton and Edgewood 9/11 Memorial Project, located at the Milton Community Park. On Wednesday, 9/11/19, we assisted with the erection of a 40-foot section of the World Trade Center that was received from the official 9/11 Commission from New York. You can find out more information about the project at www.fme911.org. You can also read an interesting article about the project, and specifically the steel piece at King 5.
WA Patriot is grateful that we are able to support our local future leaders by recognizing and rewarding their achievements through scholarship programs. This year, we provided graduating seniors from both Peninsula High School and Gig Harbor High School with scholarships to support their continuing education.
WA Patriot participated in the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation’s 2019 Pull for a Solider trap shoot event at the Gig Harbor Sportsman Club. Scoring a 172 as a team, they got 2nd Place – bested by only one point in the event. Congrats to our team, pictured below L to R: Kari Hagen, Mikhail Balasyuk, Andrew Struthers, Steve Norgaard, and Phil Kvamme.
Each year the Foundation holds four events to allow the community to support their mission of enriching the lives of soldiers and their families by raising awareness and funding. To Learn more about the event, the foundation and how you can support them, please visit their website at http://www.ptsdfoundation.org/.
WA Patriot sent a crew out to the VA Retsil Home in Port Orchard to relocate a small building to a separate part of the campus to better suit the needs of our local veteran facility. Work included the demolition of a wood building and deconstruction and reassembly of a metal structure. WA Patriot is proud to support local organizations, such as the VA Retsil Home, that do so much for our veterans.
In keeping with the spirit of Park’s Appreciation Day and Earth Day 2019, WA Patriot volunteers contributed their time on Saturday, April 27 to remove approximately 225 damaged trees from the Tacoma Rescue Mission Main Campus and the Tyler Street Family Campus locations. The crew arrived bright and early for a 7AM start and were able to complete the mission by 1:30PM.
WA Patriot owes a huge thank-you to our employees for helping to coordinate and perform the work, as well as our generous partners Aaberg Tool & Equipment Rentals who provided chainsaw rentals, and Benchmark Recycling who dropped off and picked up 40-yard waste containers for each site.
WA Patriot is proud to support the Tacoma Rescue Mission and their continued efforts to provide much-needed service to the community.
Staying true to our core value of serving our community, WA Patriot held an annual holiday food drive and donated cash and grocery items in support of the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank. WA Patriot is grateful to all who contributed and who share our passion for helping local families in need in the community where we live and work.
To learn more about the GHP FISH Food Bank and the services they provide, visit their website www.ghpfish.com.
WA Patriot had a great time at the Swing for a Soldier Golf Tournament held on July 9, 2018 at Canterwood Golf Club. The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation hosts this annual event, which is supported by organizations and individuals who not only want to enjoy a day on the links, but who also have a passion for bringing awareness and hope to our military members, veterans and their families who deal with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma. For photos from the event, a list of sponsors, and to get ready for next year’s “Swing for a Soldier”, please check out www.swingforasoldier.org