By Boot Girl Myra
What kind of grass do you have growing in your yard right now? We like to dream ours is St. Augustine but it’s mostly weeds at the moment. But not to worry, the pre-treatment for healthy grass will kill off the “fake” green in just a few short weeks as the grass begins to take root and spread across the yard. There are days in late-winter and early spring I wonder if the grass will ever take root, choke out the weeds and spread in time for summer enjoyment. The thing I love about grass is that it pretty much takes off on its own once the preliminary work is done. So much so, that my husband finds himself mowing the lawn more than once a week in the summer!
That visual totally describes recent activity at the Boot Campaign! It is after all, a grass-roots initiative. While a lot of ground work was put in to making this effort known Americans, it’s grabbed root, spreading like a wild-fire! All of a sudden there are people across the US taking the initiative to challenge friends and colleagues to get their boots on.
Granger Smith will likely wake up every morning this next week with grass in his hair to go along with a probable 5 O’clock shadow. He begins a 100 mile trek across Texas on Easter Sunday in Boots and like his song says he’ll be “Sleeping on the Interstate”. I’m thinking I’d like a shower after walking 100 miles, sleeping on the interstate, and wearing combat boots. But Granger will go the extra mile by delivering a concert to the troops at Ft. Hood come the end of his trek on Thursday, April 28.
If you prefer running in boots over walking check out Maurice Peterson’s challenge in the Penny Per Mile Marathon Pledge. He’s currently training for this marathon which takes place October 9th in Portland, Oregon. He’s pledged his support by giving the proceeds to the Boot Campaign! Here’s where he’s digging in for deeper support: it’s not just the miles he runs in the marathon that count but all the miles he runs training for the marathon! That’s about 1,000 miles people!
So after 100 miles walking in boots and 1,000 miles running in boots, one might get a little hungry and thirsty. Leave it to Rich Withee to take care of that! He hosted a bar-crawl last weekend in Pennsylvania. He challenged his friends to buy boots and join him at the event in support of troops. Their fund-raiser garnered $12,100 in funds raised to benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation, Boot Campaign (through boot purchases) and other charities that value military veterans! That’s 2,000 more than their goal!
When you look at the video provided by Louise Thaxton, you’ll discover Fairway Independent Mortgage Company did more than put boots on! It cost her time and money to gather all her partners and employees together to make the video. Her challenge? To see the mortgage lending business get their boots on with the goal of 1,100 pairs on the feet of people in the mortgage lending industry in 2011. It’s important enough to Louise that in less than a month she’s inspired to impact her sphere of influence. She commented in our blog Sole Food: “I appreciated this post about the difficulites faced by the men and women of our United States military. Because a great percentage of my work is with the military (mortgage banker in two military towns with focus on VA home loans), we see much of what you are talking about here. Thank you so much for what you are doing with the Boot Campaign! I ordered my very first pair of boots today after watching the interview on Fox News! And we have set a goal of how many pairs of boots we want to purchase this year! Go Boot Girls!”
Just yesterday I received an email from one of the Boot Girls listing all the events scheduled for the next 4 months (be sure to check our website and social media sites often for the schedule, you won’t be disappointed)! It’s spreading so rapidly, I can’t help but go back to the visual of a blade of St. Augustine grass. It takes only a few plugs to turn a brown plot of ground into a beautiful lawn, with just a little fertilizer and water. The Boot Campaign’s taking root all over the US now, and so many people finding it possible to give back with “more than the words of saying thank-you, it’s the tangible of doing something for our military” as Louise pointed out.
Send me your stories. I know many of you are busy telling someone about the boots you have on! I’d like to hear about your adventures as you walk across America with the grass rooted under your boots!