Packages from Home and a Special Tribute

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My daughter and her husband have their own blog site titled Every Life Has A Story,  they started this before marriage and it chronicled the engagement period, the pre-nuptial period and then the honeymoon period. How they've moved on to other things and the blog has grown.  This post Kim and John wrote this week for an event they are participating in this Saturday March 1.  A little story behind why they are involved in this.  John's best friend, Jimmy Wikowski, died in Iraq in February 2006 (just a couple weeks before John's own father passed away).  It was a tough time for the kids.  They did not find out that Jimmy had died until after John's dad died and the way they found out about it was in watching the evening news.  John and Kim met with Jimmy's parents and have become good friends...the Witkowski seniors became involved in the 'packages from home' program during the summer after Jimmy's death.  John and Kim felt led to help where needed also.  With that said, and if you have nothing to do on March 1 and you live in the Phoenix area you might want to go and help support our troops.

On Saturday, March 1st 2008 we will be assisting with another event with If you live in Phoenix and are looking for something to do come by and show us some love! We will be at the Packages From Home booth at the Margaret T-Hance Park from 1 p.m - 4 p.m. on Saturday .

Margaret T-Hance Park, is located at the SE corner of 3rd Street and Moore, just south of the Burton Barr Library and located on top of the I-10 tunnel freeway, just north of downtown Phoenix and pretty much centrally located for everyone

There will also be a special presentation of an American flag which has flown in Iraqi from Packages From Home to Councilman Johnson, whose son is presently serving in Iraq.

WorldFEST 2008

Mark your calendars for February 29 and March 1, 2008!

CELEBRATE the world we live in at WorldFEST. The annual Phoenix Sister Cities WorldFEST, presented by Pro's Ranch Markets, is a celebration of culture, the arts and food from our sister cities and more. Visitors will see, hear, smell, taste, touch and actively participate in this hands-on, multicultural festival.

Margaret T. Hance Park (Deck Park)
1125 N. Central
South of Burton Barr Library
3rd St. and Moreland, on the tunnel.
Use I-10 exit 7th Street
Map of Margaret T. Hance Park / Deck Park

Friday, February 29, 5pm-10pm
5pm-10pm: World of Beers, Food, and Live Music & Entertainment

Saturday, March 1, 10am-10pm
10am: Sister Cities Parade
10am - 5pm: Kids' World, Sister Cities Village, and International Performers on the Friendship Stage
10am-10pm: World of Beers, Food, and Live Music & Entertainment

February 29 - March 1, 2008: FREE Admission

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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
How cool - I wish I could be there - both my son and my brother (the same age as my son) have served - thank them from Oregon for their efforts
Feb 29, 2008 05:59 PM #1
Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate
Mary - That is a wonderful thing they are doing.  I am glad the Witkowski family are involved, it probably helps them cope in some ways. 
Mar 01, 2008 12:41 AM #2
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!! :) Thanks,   Fran

Mar 01, 2008 01:48 AM #3
Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT

Mary~I'm so sorry for John's loss and giving back and being involved in the community, in the world helps get through that pain. What a wonderful opportunity. God bless our troops and their families. What an incredible sacrifice they make with every single breath they take.

Have a wonderful week! 

Mar 02, 2008 03:25 AM #4
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Mary... have fun with all of this...... doing an act of Gods love is a wonderful way to show God lives in you to those around you.....

Be blessed, sis!!


Mar 02, 2008 05:33 AM #5
Arina Hanciulescu
RealtyPros - Las Vegas, NV

Mary, Your kids are just wonderful. How inspiring... Thank you for shearing with us such great story.

My father told me that recently he meet you on line while a bridge competition. He smiled because we talked about you many times. He remembers you from years ago when you were vary active playing bridge. I told him that you don't have time now because you to busy blogging on Active Rain.


Mar 02, 2008 04:24 PM #6
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Mary, sounds like you do a lot for your community. You play bridge? I used to play duplicate bridge when my children were growing up.


Mar 03, 2008 07:36 AM #7
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Mary...Wish I could have been there to help.  I hope it was very successful.

Take care,


Mar 03, 2008 02:19 PM #8
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Mary, that is so touching that they are doing this.  Our son leaves for his second tour on the 11th.  We are driving to Fort Hood this weekend to pick up his car and bring it back here.  It means a lot that our country is still backing our soldiers the way they are.  I'm glad we learned our lesson from VietNam.  When our son is in uniform he is often thanked by people for his service.
Mar 03, 2008 02:20 PM #9
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