Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The family, the fun, the cooking, the food, and just enjoying all the things you are thankful for. Thanksgiving 2017 changed that for me forever, as I watched my best friend slip away. Thanksgiving 2017, was day 12 of 17 of at home hospice care for my Mommy. My dad and I watched the parade, ate cold leftovers family and friends brought, and tried to "enjoy" our last favorite holiday with our favorite girl. I am doing my best to not let that 1 terrible Thanksgiving define the 28 other wonderful ones I have had in my life.
The best way I know how to quell the pain and honor my mom, is to continue what we started several years ago. My mom and I would put a call out to friends and family, to donate some funds to help us provide Thanksgiving dinners to families, in need of a leg up that year.
Then we would put a call out on social media for anyone that may know of a family who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving of their own. We then would use the donations to grocery shop for everything the families would need to cook their very own Thanksgiving meal at home with their loved ones, because let's face it, that's the best part of Thanksgiving! We would provide a Turkey, roasting pan, potatoes, stuffing, veggies, yams, gravy, rolls, pie and even treats for the family dog if they had one. After we shopped, we would assemble the meals and deliver them.
So, that is exactly what I have done the past 2 years since she has been gone, except on a much bigger scale! With the help of amazing friends and Family, we have raised enough money to help over 65 families have a Thanksgiving meals in 2018 and 2019!
I sincerely hope that these meals will bring the joy of Thanksgiving into family homes. I hope they enjoy every moment of Thanksgiving with their loved ones.
The smell of the turkey, the giggles of little ones or not so little ones,
the crazy stories uncle Bob tells, all of it!. I can only hope these meals are enjoyed by the receiving families half as much as it was by us bringing it to them.
The last week of October is when I typically put out the application for families to nominate themselves or someone they know. The first week of November, I call every single family personally and let them know that they will be receiving everything they need for Thanksgiving. This is my favorite part, some people don't have much to say, some cry, and all are incredibly grateful.
We LOVE our volunteers who help me shop, sort, assemble, and deliver the baskets of food. It is an amazing experience and encourage everyone to get involved!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop
This year we hope to provide Thanksgiving meals for 50 families, that may not otherwise have a meal cooked at home.
Coastal Hope at Your Door is a community outreach program, encompassing what we have always done, but bringing it directly to the communities that need it most. Through partnerships with some amazing local businesses we have purchased an enclosed trailer that will be used to bring items of need directly to the communities that need it most. CHAYD will be out in the community weekly stocked with supplies for coastal families in need. Not only locally on the Treasure Coast, but also to areas of natural disaster when families are in desperate need of supplies and relief items.
We also will be partnering with The Humane Society of St. Lucie County to have pet food on the trailer, for furry family members. Please be sure to check out all of our sponsors by clicking on their logos below! Without each of them this project would not be possible!
Thank you for your interest in our contest series, our goal is to help the charter boat community out with a focus on Owner-Operators in this time of great need. One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the charter boat. We do not collect any fees for running the contest series. We encourage everyone to join our Facebook group (Save the charter boats) which is currently over 2,000 members strong and growing. Whether participating or not, we encourage everyone to join our FREE mass text service by texting the word “CONTEST” to 866-4FLYZONE, based in the USA. This will enable us to push important information, updates, and contest results straight to your phone.
How our contest series works:
We sell 75-100 spots via Facebook live event, you choose the number(s) you would like to make a donation for, for a chance to win a FULL DAY charter aboard the selected charter boat for that contest. Number availability goes by the administrators screen at the time of the live event. Once all spots are filled the winner will be chosen via random number generator, the following night, on Facebook live.
If you have any questions or concerns about this contest series, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all who enter! Stay safe and God bless.
1. New Contest location announcement.
2. Boat Application process – 1 week
3. Boat Review/approval process – 2 days
4. Live Random drawing for boat name.
5. Boat promotional period lasts 3 days
6. Contest for winning a charter
HOW IT WORKS FOR CHARTER BOATS TO ENTER:
1st step: Charter boat operators will send us an email to email@example.com asking to be added to the list of contestants. The deadline for the application period will be 1 week. 2nd step: We will email them the rules and application packet, to be filled out and emailed back to us. 3rd Step: All qualified contestants will be given a number. 4th Step: Upon completion of the application period for the selected county or region, we will hold a Facebook live random.org drawing. Final Step: Once the number and its corresponding name have been announced, we will hold a random drawing contest, with one hundred percent of the donations going to the charter boat, on the Save the charter boats Facebook page for the charter at the predetermined date and time on Facebook live and text service. First Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line of (insert your county name here) county charter contest and request to be sent the info to join. Next: Fill out the request for information sent to you as an attachment in a PDF format from the email address email@example.com. • Must be an Owner Operator • Must have been in business for a minimum of 3 years • Must have run 2 trips a week average for 2019 • Must have business set up on your state's division of corporations’ website as an LLC or Inc. • Must self-promote this contest series and your business daily Must provide the following: • Price for full day charter • A copy of the business license • A copy of registration and/or documentation • A copy of captains license
• A recent photo of the vessel • Marina name with address where vessel is kept (if applicable) • Letter detailing hardships and any actions taken to lessen their impact • Link to charter social media accounts (if applicable) • Website address
We have created an amazing online community to support charter boats during the COVID19 crisis. To see our contests and more please click below .