Operation: Military Matters
Operation: Military Matters was started in November 2015, as part of a fourth grade school gifted project by nine-year-old Graci Tubbs.
After hearing and seeing veterans speak at a school Veterans Day assembly, Graci felt the need to support our military and let the men and women sacrificing their lives for us, know people back home cared about them. What started out as a school project collecting supplies from the community and sending care packages from home to the military overseas grew into a nonprofit.
(One of the airman Erik we sent care packages to)
(Our care packages arriving overseas. )
In December 2016, Operation: Military Matters became a corporation and a 501 (c) (3).
Today, Graci speaks to civic organizations and the military to let them know about OMM. Her efforts help raise support and donations to continue sending care packages overseas to our military.
(Graci met with Sentaor Jeff Brandes to talk about ways to work on shipping costs. He helped her get in contact with Amazon.)
Care packages sent since 2016 = 1800
Money raised since 2016 = $65,000
Cost to send each package = $12.00
(Packing party with friends and family)
-November 3, 2018, The National Aviation Academy donated $4,225.67 as part of their student and community fundraiser.
-September 13, 2018 Royal Neighbors of America and their Nation of Neighbors empowerment grant presented for $10,000.
-On February 21, 2018, we were picked as the charity of the quarter by the 100+ Women Who Care Pinellas County. This donation was $17,600 plus an additional $5,000 match from the Best Buy founder Richard Schultze and the Richard Schultze Family Foundation.
-On June 5, 2018, GoFundMe gave a special $1000 donation as part of their “Give Back” Campaign
-In December 2017, we received our biggest donation to date from Flightdocs in Bonita Springs, FL. They donated $2,500 to Operation: Military Matters.
-In November of 2017, Amazon donated $500 to Operation: Military Matters. Graci spoke to the Veterans who work at the Amazon Distribution Center in Ruskin.
-$200 grant from Royal Neighbors of America and the Difference Maker Fund Project (August 2016 and May 2017, June 2018)(Special check presentation with Amazon)
On February 20, 2018, Operation: Military Matters was selected as the charity for the quarter by 100 Women Who Care Pinellas County. In March they presented OMM with $11,500.(Left to right: Randy Hendricks, Ben Tubbs, Kadi Tubbs, Graci Tubbs and Brenda George and Julie Webster from 100 Women Who Care)
*On September 13, 2018, Major Duane Stamm with the Task Force Gauntlet, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve presented a flag to Graci flown over Baghdad, Iraq.
* On September 4, 2018 Graci was awarded the Daily Points of Light Award #6342 by former President George H.W. Bush.
*On June 17, 2018, Graci was given a flag flown over Northern Syria by The Special Operations and Joint Task Force and Operation Inherent Resolve.
*On December 16, 2017, 143D Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) gave a certificate of appreciation to OMM for the work and education to our United States Armed Forces.
*On June 21, 2017, Sergeant Patrick C. Peacock of the United States Marine Corps had a flag flown over Iraq and Syria during a combat mission in honor of Operation: Military Matters.
*On May 13, 2017, the soldiers of Charlie Battery, 3rd Battalion, 4th Defense Artillery Regiment flew a United States flag over a patriot missile site in an undisclosed area in Southwest Asia in honor of them and Operation: Military Matters.
*On October 26, 2016, Congressman David Jolly presented a certificate and flag flown over the United States capital in appreciation of the work of Operation: Military Matters.
Connect with Operation: Military Matters
Go Fund Me www.GoFundMe.com/militarymatters
Instagram is MiltaryMattersCorp
Twitter is OMMCARES
Email at Operationmilitarymatters@gmail.com
What we need:
**Items to send in care packages: toiletry items, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, snacks, hard candy, wipes, games, instant coffee, creamer, romen noodles, beef jerky, tuna or salmon packs, tea, gallon zip lock bags, hand lotion, trail mix, socks etc.
**Money to send care packages (each package is $16.15)
**Handwritten cards *Clear transparent tape to tape boxes
(Graci with Mayor Leslie Watters at the Kiwanis Field of Honor Ceremony 2017. Mayor Waters has helped OMM with several "Sock it to the Mayor" sock drives)
*Drop Off Locations
Seminole City Hall
9199 113 th Street, Seminole, FL 33772
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F
(Inside Belcher Park Apts.)
7800 Belcher Road S., Suite 114, South Pasadena, FL
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F
Answered Prayers Project
400 23rd St. S., St. Petersbrug, FL 33712
St. Petersburg Tennis Center
650 18th Ave S
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Faith Community Church
11501 Walker Ave,
Seminole, FL 33772
Advanced Bay Area Medical Associates
8207 113 Street N.
Seminole, FL 33772
7600 131st St
Seminole, FL 33776
Thank you for all your support!
(Graci with Capt. Stanley J Beach, US Navy, retired and Bill Fagerquist with VFW Post #9272 at Kiwanis Field of Honor Ceremony 2017)
(Graci with members of the Air Force Security Forces Association (AFSFA) Central Florida Chapter Master Sgt. James Kamrad and Carl Gingola)
The organization Operation: Military Matters is a 501 (c) (3) and was created by the two girls to let the military serving overseas know how much people back home care about them. Tubbs and Spano collect donations from the community to put in the care packages. They include: handwritten cards, toiletry items, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, snacks, hard candy, wipes, games, instant coffee, creamer, romen noodles, beef jerky, tuna or salmon packs, tea gallon zip lock bags, hand lotion, trail mix, socks etc.
Since 2016, the girls have sent more than 130 care packages. Each package costs $17.35 to send, so the VFW donation will cover the postage of 28 packages. If you would like to donate items or money there are several drop off locations throughout Pinellas County including: Seminole City Hall, 9119 113th Street, Seminole; Hendricks Enterprises, 7800 Belcher Road Suite 114, Pinellas Park; Seminole Elementary School 11015 72nd Ave, Seminole and Answered Prayers Project, 400 23rd St. S, St. Petersburg.
For more information go to Operation: Military Matters Facebook page www.Facebook.com/OperationMilitaryMatters or the Go Fund Me Page at www.GoFundMe.com/MilitaryMatters.
Photo attached: (left to right) Graci Tubbs, Commander VFW Post #9272 Bill Fagerquist and Ava Spano