Mary Lou McCoskrie, Col McCoskrie’s wife, passed away in 2016. On October 8, 2016, the McCoskrie family returned to Fort Walton Beach to place Mary Lou’s ashes in the grave site next to her husband. After the ceremony, an enjoyable lunch was hosted by the family. Several MTF board members attended.
The MTF is still working with Bless the Children (BTC) in a humanitarian effort to help the needy in several parts of the world. Medical supplies and many other items are collected and stored in free storage units provided by a local business man. Bob White, Dave Freeman, and Jim Connors collect the items and when there are enough for a delivery, Jim and John Easley drive to Clearwater, FL with a trailer load. In 2016 three trips were made. Many of the items MTF provided were sent by BTC to Haiti to help with the recent disaster. Rebecca Smith, Vice-President of BTC, sent a beautiful thank you email to MTF and all the volunteers involved. Some of her comments follow:
“Just a few short weeks ago Hurricane Matthew ravaged the vulnerable country of Haiti. But into this devastation hope has come in the form of a 40-foot sea container filled with vitally needed aid, provided by the love of many having come together with compassion in their hearts. I invite you to feel a great sense of accomplishment deep in your heart that you are touching thousands of lives with love, hope and help. I assure you, there is so much good happening RIGHT NOW, and every moment of every day, towards creating a better world for us all.
Thank you for helping make this shipment of aid to Haiti possible! Thank you for being part of this movement for good, for the survival of the human race.”
Rebecca Smith, Vice President, Bless the Children
Bless the Children, Karen Hubbard, President, and Rebecca are dedicated to helping the less fortunate, and they do it so well. Years ago, John Grove established the relationship between MTF and BTC, a relationship that has been great and has endured.
In 2006, John Grove working with BTC established a school in Honduras. John bought the land. When John passed away, Steve Connelly, family members, MTF, and other donors have kept the High School alive with financial support. Steve manages a volunteer contribution program with donations coming from many of Steve’s and John’s military friends. Rebecca, who visits the school, sends pictures and comments showing the great impact the chance for an education has had on nearly 350 students. Donations can be made for the school on www.aircommando.org by clicking on McCoskrie Threshold Foundation.
The following donated to the MTF fund in 2016: Cahikin, Carol; Eaton, Doris; Freeman, David; Grove, Ed; McCoskrie, Marsha; White, Bob; Schillo, John; Watson, Judith; Blanchette, Sandy McCoskrie.
In 2016, three deliveries of medical supplies/equipment, clothing, and numerous other items were made to Bless the Children.
To start 2017 off, Jim Connors and John Easley will make another deliver on 1 February. Once again numerous medical supplies/ equipment, clothing, bicycles and many other items will be included.
Maile MCCoskrie Busby, keeping with the McCoskrie tradition, made a significant donation in January 2017. Thank you Maile!!
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