Houston Texans linebacker Jacob Martin teams up with Boots for Troops
“For those who make the conscious decision to serve our country, I think it takes a lot of strength. I think it says a lot about a person. I think it’s important that we honor him not only during the holidays. , but every day in every way, ”Martin explained.
Martin got involved with Boots for Troops earlier this year. It all happened on social media.
“Funny story, I was sitting in a bar having a drink and tweeted (Martin) about attending an event we had a few months ago. I didn’t expect him to responds, but about 30 minutes after he tweeted him he sent me a message in the inbox saying he would love to go out. So I was a little shocked and we have been fostering our relationship since that first event, ”a explained Jimmy Rogers, founder of Boots for Troops.
The local non-profit organization sends personalized care packages to deployed military personnel. Rogers founded the organization in 2015, while serving in the Navy, so he knows firsthand the impact they have.
“Getting a care kit or something from home can absolutely have a huge impact on their morale, their mental health. It can change their day. It kind of gives you a boost to keep going, ”Rogers said.
It’s a thoughtful gesture that Martin knows will go a long way too. He comes from a military family. Her father served in the Marines and her sister is currently in the Navy.
“It’s more than just a FaceTime. It’s more than a simple postcard. Someone has been very attentive to everything that has been placed in the box and I think it’s really amazing,” Martin said.
Boots for Troops have delivered over 2,500 care packages and raised nearly $ 1 million for the cause each year. Now their team is even stronger with Rogers and Martin working together.
“It’s huge for the organization, but being a sports fan is like a dream come true, to be honest,” said Rogers.
“Did I know that football was going to be a part of my life? No, but did I know that I was going to be able to have an impact on people’s lives? Of course,” said Martin.
To learn more about how you can get involved with Boots for Troops, visit his website.
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