~Semper Fi Sister Beach Blast arrives Oct. 17~

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM.

Gunnerson and Armitage began, as Armitage put it, burning up the internet with ideas about getting more involved in the Semper Fi Sisters.

Armitage didn’t stop at the concert. She broached the county Ministerial Association about becoming involved and expects to hear back soon.

“Hopefully all the area churches will be stepping up and donating,” Armitage said.

In addition, Armitage got her chorus class at South Walton High School involved. One motivation, she said, was telling her kids that this would be a way to raise their profile, apply something of a “cool” sheen to the group.

Armitage and her kids decorated boxes in holiday colors and distributed them throughout the school, igniting something of a challenge to all classes to see who could bring in the most items to send to troops. They wanted to provide a touch of home and the principal at the high school jumped on board the effort.

“The kids are pretty excited,” Armitage said. “I think it’s important for the kids not to be only part of themselves. They need to look beyond themselves to the world around them.”

Armitage and Gunnerson will be in Port St. Joe – along with 75 Sisters from 23 states who have registered to attend this year’s Beach Blast – next month with their donated items, applying some Forgotten Coast love to the Boxes of Love to be sent.

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