Since our website has undergone a major renovation, we have decided to compile the blog posts from the last year or two onto this page. As we are still working on organizing and transferring the information, please keep in mind that these are not all the events that Operation Fly has organized in the past.
Operation Fly participated in a book drive on June 11th, 2013 where 234 books were donated to the Greentree Shelter in Bethesda, Maryland. The books were collected from Lakewood Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland and are to be delivered to the children in less fortunate circumstances. Operation Fly has been growing and expanding to reaching out to the homeless not only by feeding them food, but by also contributing in drives such as these.
Memorial Day Visitation
The last visitation of the school year was held on Memorial Day, in which 8 hardworking individuals served around 375 people. This visitation was also located at Franklin Square in DC, which has become a regular site for Operation Fly to serve food. It is a convenient location and efficiently reaches many homeless people in the area. The food was cooked the morning of the visit, so the spaghetti, meatballs, and brownies were very fresh and the homeless people seemed to really enjoy the food. Water was also provided, and there was a more abundant supply of plates,, napkins, serving spoons, and utensils to allow a smoother serving process. These visitations have been effective, helpful, and rewarding and Operation Fly will undoubtedly continue them next year (2013-2014).
Operation Fly held its second visitation this school year on February 3rd, 2013 at Franklin Square in DC. Operation Fly has had constant success at this location as it is an easily accessible area for the less fortunate. The food, spaghetti and meat balls and beans, was cooked the night before and then driven to the site while other members took the metro there. Eight brave members volunteered to help the homeless in what was a very cold and snowy day. Despite the conditions and the presence of other groups also feeding the homeless, Operation Fly managed to feed around 100 people that day.
Clothing Drive (October 2012)
Aside from visitations, Operation Fly also engaged in a clothing drive where clothes were donated from the local school of Dufief and Fallsmead Elementary. A total of 87 items were donated to the homeless families in the DC area ranging from kids and adult jackets, socks, pants, sweaters, sheets, and pillow cases. To benefit the homeless, it is important to provide them not only with warm food but also clothes to keep them warm throughout the years.
The 2012-2013 school year started off strong for Operation Fly with the first visitation on September 22, 2012. The visitation was held at Franklin Square in DC. Because many homeless people in the DC metropolitan area reside on the benches in this serene and massive park, it is an appropriate and convenient place for Operation Fly to serve food and give back to the community. 6 Operation Fly members served around 175 people, and although there were limited utensils and a lack of napkins, we made up for it in warmhearted service, water, hot spaghetti, and sauce for everyone. The people we served enjoyed the food immensely and serving them not only benefited them, but further made us realize how important it is to give back to the community in all ways that we can. It truly is a wonderful feeling.
A Big “Thank You” to the Carl M. Freeman Foundation!
Operation Fly would like to thank The Carl M. Freeman foundation for making us finalists in their FACES of Montgomery County Grant. Your generosity further empowers our organization and allows us to touch more of those in need in Montgomery County.
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