SUPPORTED BY SHANE GEORGE, TRAINER & JUDGE • WRITTEN BY LINDSEY GEORGE ROGERS, CO-FOUNDER OF BOOTS FOR TROOPS
My husband, Jimmy Rogers, came up with the idea for Boots For Troops while deployed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt with the U.S. Navy in 2015. He saw himself and others getting care packages from family back home, but noticed that so many never received any mail. Getting something from home while you’re deployed is like Christmas morning and really makes a difference in morale. There were organizations out there that sent packages, but nothing was customized to one person, everyone got the same thing. He knew we could do better. He knew that the men and women service over seas deserved the very best love and support from back home.
On that deployment, Jimmy launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the startup costs for the organization. Many in the horse industry supported our dream and sent us our very first donations. Those first donors helped to launch what has become today a thriving, young non-profit organization designed to boost the morale and mental wellbeing of our deployed service members.
Since its formation, Boots For Troops has been able to send out 650 completely custom care packages all over the world, each with a brand new pair of boots selected by the service member. We have also been able to fly 75 service members back to their hometowns to enjoy the holidays with their family. We hold a Concert in the Country event once a year in the fall at Show Sports Farm in Magnolia, TX and also a Gala in the Houston area. The Care Package Program has become so popular in the military community that we currently have hundreds of requests waiting.
Packages range from $250-300 and can be sponsored monetarily or put together by a family. Donations can be made at www.boots4troops.org or by mail to 32931 Wright Road, Magnolia, TX 77355.