LastAnnual Military Cookout for it's Founders, Mosley and Voyles | Community Spirit
FAYETTEVILLE -- (FBOE) The ninth annual Military Cookout will be a monumental one for the Fayette County Public School System’s Transportation Department, the original organizers have announced they are stepping down.
Bus drivers Linda Mosley and Susan Voyles told their colleagues at a recent safety meeting that they are ready to hand the reins to someone else.
“We want to spend more time with our families. This has been a great run, but after nine years we feel the time has come for us to step down,” says Mosley.
Mosley hopes that other drivers will step forward to ensure that the lunchtime cookout continues, which was organized to support local deployed troops after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Thousands of dollars have been raised over the years to purchase gift cards for Fayette’s men and women serving in Afghanistan.
Despite cold, rainy weather last year, over 250 people showed up to have lunch and raised over $2,500. This year’s cookout is March 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fayette County Board of Education’s bus shop.
Thank-you letters collected from soldiers over the years adorn several scrapbooks kept by Mosley. She displays them at the event so participants can read about how their generosity is making a difference.
“Some are funny, some are sad, but they all convey how grateful these soldiers are that people remember them, that we acknowledge their sacrifices to our country, and that we appreciate what they are doing to preserve our freedom,” says Mosley.
Mosley and Voyles spend months and countless hours planning and promoting the event, including working with local businesses for monetary donations and items that are used as giveaways. The school system’s transportation department supplies and cooks the food that is served.
“This community has just been wonderful with helping us every year. We have had businesses contact us and ask how they can help. It really touches my heart to see this community come together to support our brave men and women,” says Mosley.
Fayette residents who have a friend or loved one serving in the military can request to have a gift card sent to their soldier by mailing his or her name and address to : The Troops, 210 Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Please include a local contact and telephone number.