Last night we were sitting in the living room visiting with company and I saw a shadow figure at our front door.  They left something on the door and we figured it was a menu or advertisement so we ignored it. 


As we opened the door for our guest to leave a postcard dropped down on the ground and it said “Congratulations!!  You’ve been Flamingoed by the B CO Family Readiness Group”   


Courtesy of our friends Molly and Brian our front yard was filled with Flamingos of all sizes and types.  I didn’t know what B CO Family Readiness was so I goggled it and there are phone numbers on the postcard to have the birds removed or removed and planted in someone else’s yard. 


I had ours moved to two more friends yards.  I hope they laugh as hard as I did because it’s a comical site and furthermore a GREAT CAUSE.  Here is the skinny;


Troop 634 Bravo Company is based here in Champaign.  In the Company, there are 85 soldiers all from Champaign County.  Currently all 85 are in North Carolina at Fort Bragg receiving training.  On December 5, they will deploy to Afghanistan for at least 12 – 15 months. 


The Flamingos are a fundraiser for Family Readiness to give each family of our 85 soldiers a $100 gas card and help with travel expenses.  The soldiers will have 1 week off after training prior to deployment.  The families must travel to see their loved ones in North Carolina.  It’s probably the best $30 I have spent and it gave me a lot of giggles and tears because while the birds made me laugh – the thought of these loved ones defending us and leaving their families for 15 months – makes me cry.  Enjoy the birds I sent your way and I hope you keep helping them fly. 


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4 Responses to Flamingoed

  1. cathy says:

    LOL! Thanks for the explanation…I saw the ‘flock’ at a neighbor’s house (teacher at Kenwood around the corner actually) and wondered what it was about…what a neat idea and I’d probably have cried too 🙂

  2. lbotp says:

    Mingos! that is cool. Saw that down the street from here not too long ago.

  3. Kayla says:

    That is too funny! They show up around here every now and then for different organizations. Very cool.

  4. Melanie says:

    I wondered what those flamingos were for and I want to thank you for your donation. My brother Tim is with that group he’s in platoon 2. I went to his ceremony and to the armory the saturday that they left. Each one of those soldiers stood tall, proud, and handsome as ever. They are true heros who took time from their daily lives and family to fight for our and our children’s future. What a cute display. As always take care and hugs from the Bates family!!!!!

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