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Pinellas Co. 12-year-old's create nonprofit to send care packages to the military overseas

Event Monday at Texas Roadhouse in Pinellas County
Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 21:07:00-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — You can show some love and support to American soldiers overseas tonight just by eating at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in St. Pete.

The local non-profit "Operation: Military Matters" is teaming up with the restaurant and the local VFW Post 9272 of Seminole to send care packages to American soldiers and reservists.

The non-profit is run by a 12-year-old girl from Pinellas County named Graci Tubbs, who started the 501 (c) (3) back in November 2015 as part of a school project.

Since then, the nonprofit has sent more than 300 care packages; each package costs $17.35 to send.

The event at the Texas Roadhouse at 10105 Bay Pines Boulevard is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26.

10% of the sales Monday night will go to Operation: Military Matters to help send care packages to the military overseas.

Tubbs collects donations from the community to put in the care packages, including handwritten cards, toiletry items, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, snacks, hard candy, wipes, games, instant coffee, gummy bears, ramen noodles, beef jerky, tuna or salmon packs, tea gallon zip lock bags, hand lotion, trail mix, socks, dvds, etc. There are donation sites throughout Pinellas County.

You can learn more about the non-profit by clicking HERE