- Posted August 31, 2013 by
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Impact Your World
Operation SEAs The Day
My name is Blake Pohanka and I am 18 years old. I am asking for your coverage of “Operation SEAs the Day,” a beach week event being held September 3-8th in Bethany Beach, for our veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country, and their immediate families.
My incredible mom, Diane, had the idea for the event a couple of months ago and, as she has done with several other of her dreams, she is following through in making it become a reality. She is an extremely kind-hearted and remarkable person to say the very least and I want to do everything I can to help her make this week for our soldiers live up to its full potential and receive the coverage of the event, which it deserves.
During this week, Bethany Beach will be hosting 25 soldiers and their immediate families for a well-deserved week of rest and relaxation. The families will be staying in homes/condos donated to them by local homeowners and provided the resources to have a stress-free vacation. Plans are set for organized events, including a kickoff welcome reception at VFW post 7234, a beach bonfire/cookout to be held later that week, and a farewell brunch the morning of their departure.
Additionally, we are presenting each VIF (Very Important Family) with a welcome basket complete with 60+ various goodies and offerings of discounts/services from local retailers, entertainment venues, movie theatres, spas and salons, restaurants, fitness centers, etc. A complete list can be found on the website under the ‘Brochure’ section (http://operationseastheday.org/brochure.html) .
One of the aspects of Operation SEAs the Day that sets it aside from other organizations/events and makes it extra special is the way in which it has come together. Similar to a puzzle, each piece is unique and without each one that formed along the way, the puzzle of Operation SEAs the Day would not have been complete.
Each component of Operation SEAs the Day, from the initial idea for the event, to its creation, from each home donated, to each item donated, from the special touches, to the flyers in store windows in the town of Bethany, from the individuals who purchased merchandise, to the people who spread the word, from the people who simply read our flyer and spread the word, to the people who set aside their professional jobs to focus on helping in any way they could...each and EVERY component is special and has a story behind it because each one leads to a kind hearted person who wanted to do something for our, beyond deserving, American Heroes.
Each person who has contributed to OSTD, has contributed something that has made Operation SEAs the Day what it is and what it will be.
In this day and age, where bad news plasters every channel and acts of kindness seem to be scarce, it is beyond reassuring and uplifting to hear and see the magnitude which this event has grown to. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” My mom is truly an inspiration and Operation SEAs The Day is a testament that there ARE good people in the world.
Please report on this story, it is too heart-warming and remarkable to pass up.
Thank you for your time and have a tremendous day!