Giving Back to the Community
During the month of June 2007, a group of women in Temecula and Murrieta, California wanted to send something to the young men and women in Iraq who are keeping us safe at home. Betty’s Brittle was asked if they would like to participate and cook their old fashioned peanut brittle, an all American favorite. Betty responded, “Absolutely! We have sent brittle overseas several times before to give thanks and bring a little bit of comfort to our soldiers who are serving the country.”
Betty’s Brittle prepared care packages consisting of 200 pounds of home-made peanut brittle and sent it on its’ way to the troops. In December, the group of women and Betty’s Brittle received a great big thank you with certificates in honor of appreciation and the continued thoughts and prayers from those at home. The Marines also shipped an American flag which flew over Fallujah. This proudly and humbly hangs in Betty’s Brittle Shop.
However, it was not over. In February, 2008 a wonderful surprise arrived on the doorstep at Betty’s Brittle. In Betty’s own words:
“The Marines go above and beyond the call of duty. One morning two handsome young men came through our door and introduced themselves. William Sisco and Paul Brilliant were two of the men who received some of the goodies in the care package that was sent to Iraq. I was speechless and very touched. They were back from Iraq and on special assignment at Camp Pendelton. Afterwards they were to return to Camp Leyeune, North Carolina (their home station). When they landed back on American soil, they had a few hours so they rented a car and drove eighty miles to come and thank us. The four of us sat on the porch in the warmth of the California sun and exchanged stories of our lives. Before we knew, several hours had passed as we listened while they shared stories about their families. It was a special afternoon, to say the least. It was time well spent and neither of us will ever forget. We were overjoyed with the great feeling of the sharing and caring of our fellow man far and near. Bill and Paul are such wonderful men. Not once did they complain about the job they have done, nor of the work they continue to do. We can certainly count on our young men and women and trust that they care. Our thoughts and prayers are always with them. A little bit of comfort can go a long way.”
—-We at Betty’s Brittle are grateful for this opportunity that was presented to us. Especially to Jamie Olsen, who spearheaded this experience along with her co-workers at Mission Oaks National Bank in Temecula, California. We are also grateful to Bobbie Ballwey and her co-workers at Pacific Western Bank in Murrieta, California.