I just wanted to send along our sincerest appreciation for all the AWESOME Sgt. Grit items you donated to our benefit auction. We were absolutely blown away by the items you sent, especially the Marine t-shirts that depicted the state of KY. All the items were a big hit. We have raised in excess of $10,000 for our Textbooks For Troops program from the auction. Every dime of that money will go to buy textbooks for our military students and their family members attending classes at WKU. Thank you for making a huge difference in the lives of our students.
Your donation also impacted one local Marine in a big way. We are blessed to have a very special Marine in our community, Mr. John Wood, a survivor of both the battle of Pearl Harbor and Midway Island. He celebrated his 93rd birthday just before the auction. We presented him with several of the goodies you sent. When he opened the package he shouted, "OH, Sgt. Grit!" He knew exactly where those goodies came from. Thank you for helping us make his birthday very special. He treasures all of the Marine Corps items from you all. As you can see, he wears his Marine Corps gear with pride.