In the Crosshairs

Operation Outdoors – A School Project to Remember!

September 28, 2018

Katie Hoster, a sophomore at Southwestern High School in Hanover, Pennsylvania, came to Roots for Boots wanting to assist a veteran for her senior project. Katie was a former student of now CEO of Roots for Boots, Christy Lucas. The two worked together to come up with the perfect project that incorporated Katie’s love of dance and music … Operation Outdoors – a Mission to secure an all terrain action track chair for a deserving local Gulf War veteran, Sgt Michael Geib.

The fundraising began with selling tee shirts, one in blue to represent Sgt Geib’s love of the water and one in olive drab to represent his love of the outdoors and hunting. A Texas Roadhouse fundraiser brought in over $2,000 followed by a paint night and letter writing campaign. Operation Outdoors brought in over $15,000!

Operation Outdoors concluded with a Benefit Concert planned by Katie with the assistance of school faculty members that included performances from Southwestern students and other local talent from our youth! Leek Hunting and Mountain Preserve President, Colonel Edward Fisher assists Roots for Boots in securing the all terrain action track chairs and was present at the concert to present the chair to Sgt Geib with Christy and Katie.

It was a beautiful concert filled with love and support of our military, personalized for our Sgt Geib! Well done by all involved. Operation Outdoors … Mission Accomplished!

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December 11 - Military Share at VFW Post #2506, 19 McKinley Avenue, Hanover,  PA, 1:00-3:00 p.m. pick-up time - YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.  Contact us for more details or to secure the registration form. Deadline to register is Tuesday, December 4th.  NOTE - phone number on the flyer is incorrect - 717-316-0155



Rucksgivng with Hanover Crossfit ...

Rucksgiving 2018 is on the books! CrossFit Hanover will be accepting non-perishable thanksgiving food/meal items. In the week of November 12 they will be accepting perishable food items. On Thursday November 15 at 6:00 p.m., members (and YOU if you'd like to participate) will be packing up all items and rucking them 4-5 miles around Hanover. At the front of the formation will be Old Glory, proudly displayed to show patriotism as a gym.

If you'd like to bring items by for donation, please do so M-F between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m. If you'd like to RSVP to be a part of the ruck crew participating on November 15, visit the Hanover CrossFit event page!

CrossFit Hanover is collecting food items for Veteran's Helping Hands in cooperation with Roots for Boots.


November 30 - Roots for Boots will be taking community members to the Fisher Houses at Walter Reed, Bethesda, MD to decorate all five homes for Christmas! 9:30-2:00.  This event is FULL.


December 1 - Paint for a Patriot at the Markets at Hanover, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Only takes an hour and supports Operation Backyard Buddies!  See flyer below for details ...



December 8 - YMCA/Hanover Crossfit fundraiser for Roots for Boots - See flyer below for details!

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