The organization that Jack Munroe started grew faster and larger than he ever imagined.
The Landings Military Relief Fund simply matches the scope of Munroe familiar contribution to the well-being of our Armed Forces.
The awards have been rolling in for a while now for Munroe. As he gets ready to hand over one of the most successful military aid organizations around, the gratitude toward him remains.
"It has been a fun thing to do because you get so much thanks," he said.
Munroe has overseen the relief fund since its inception in 2007 and guided it from modest goal to remarkable impact.
"Forty-thousand dollars, and this community came up with, we're close to $1 million now, and we promote only from inside the gates at The Landings," he said. "It's a community that cares so much for the military. We have golf tournament after golf tournament dedicate their entry fee to the landings military family relief fund."
Munroe is stepping down from director of the Landings Military Relief Fund to chairman of the acceptance committee.
But he is not stepping back his involvement in many other volunteer efforts, including Kiwanis and the American Red Cross, where he also helps get aid to military families.
"The Red Cross is first on the scene. They're spot-on that fire every time it happens; the Red Cross shows up and takes care of the inhabitants," he said.
That's what Munroe enjoys about all the work he does - taking care of people, especially military people.
"I'm not an overly religious guy, but I think God wants us to help people who help us so much," he said.
So why does he do it? Munroe had a unique and honest to that when we spoke the day before his 80th birthday on Dec. 13.
"I have no idea. I just can't stand to sit still. I was up blowing the leaves when you came in here," he quipped.
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