The Holidays are fast approaching. It’s that time of the year that many spend enjoying family, friends, feasting and all the joys of the season. It is also a time of reflection and giving thanks for all, including freedom. This is the freedom that is protected by those brave men and women of our various military branches. Each and every one of whom, when they signed up, wrote a blank check made payable to America, for an amount up to and including their lives. That’s where SaddleBrooke Troop Support (STS) comes in. All too often troops and veterans find themselves in a bind, perhaps due to an extended deployment or unexpected emergency. Sometimes they are unable to pay rent or utilities or buy food, facing eviction. STS regularly supplies three military food banks and during the holidays, STS supplies food cards to many active military and Veterans in need and their families. STS would like to do more in this area.The STS supplies soda, snacks and comfort items to the Military Liaison Office (Transit Lounge) at the Tucson Airport, a rest and relaxation area and sometimes a sleep-over room for traveling troops and their families. On average 5,000 troops and Veterans per year take advantage of this service and when you add in any family traveling with them, the actual numbers of people being helped is higher.STS also work with the VA Hospital and administer the Blind Veteran program as support for recovering vets. In addition, we provide layettes for new babies of our military families.Additionally, STS works with VFW Women’s Auxiliary in identifying troops in distress and providing short term relief where needed. Recently, STS presented Kim Sloan of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (LAVFW) a Certificate of Appreciation for her help and coordination with STS. STS also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Boy Scout Troop 270 of the Lutheran Ascension Church for collecting two carloads of food for the Military in need. The food collected by the Boy Scouts was delivered to the Military Food Banks (MFB) by “Moose” Creighton, our MFB Committee head.
The Y is so much more than a gym. For 100 years, the YMCA of Southern Arizona has been committed to changing lives by providing a community that is not only focused on fitness, but also on strengthening our Tucson community, living a healthier life, and spending time together as a family. Whatever reasons, Y members have for joining, they find the motivation and guidance needed to reach their fitness goals and nurture their well-being.The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization actively working to make our community a better place. Whether it’s as simple as offering state-of-the art fitness options, or addressing more complex social issues, the Y is directly involved in our community to make a positive impact. Members of the Y are not just a member of a place—they’re part of a cause. With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being and giving back and supporting our neighbors, membership gives the individuals and their community the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The Y is a cause with a mission to helping their members achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body. That is accomplished by encouraging good health and fostering connections with new and old friends through sports,fun and shared interests.The Y is the leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the foundation of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. At the Y, visitors can see neighbors helping neighbors every day. From providing food, supplies and counseling when disaster strikes, to establishing recycling and sustainability programs, every effort is welcome and makes a difference.The YMCA of Southern Arizona here in Tucson is a nonprofit community-based association of six branches, including a spectacular youth camp and retreat center, three program centers and more than a dozen school-based program sites, with discussions about future sites in rapidly growing areas underway.The impact is felt every day when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good. The Y impacts one in five Pima County residents.