A few weeks back, Terra Stricklin, whose husband Tim is serving in Iraq, discussed with workers at Shooters Bar and Grill a way to help out the area's soldiers. Those talks turned into a military benefit, and Terra couldn't be more thankful.
"It means we have the best friends in the whole world because we both used to work here. As soon as they started talking, organizers began getting things going," Stricklin said.
With dozens of sponsors on board, this benefit brought in thousands, with every penny going towards postage and care package items for the local 506th Infantry Battalion.
"They just don't have time to go the store, buy toothpaste, buy toilet paper, this is good for them," Stricklin said.
Terra says she's looking forward for the soldiers, from both near and far the stateline, to open up the boxes from Rockford supporters.
"Some of the guys are from around here, but for those that aren't it will be great for them to get those packages and show that we care about our troops," Stricklin said.
Terra expects the benefit's proceeds to fill hundreds of boxes full of care items. Her husband will handle, and distribute the boxes in Iraq, from a benefit that Terra says turned into quite a Sunday success.
"I mailed him a flyer one of those shooters flyers it says the who and want I don't think he's known how big it's been he probably didn't know how big it would be but it’s been a really good turnout," Stricklin said.
If you didn't make it out to military troops benefit on Sunday, there's still a chance to help send off care package items. Organizers say donations are welcome at Shooters on East State before the packages are sent in mid-September.