TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Bob Williams as a Lightning Community Hero during the first period of tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames. Williams, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will contribute the money to his charity of choice, Our Troops Online.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Williams returned home 30 years ago from serving overseas and as a result of his own experience, made it his mission to send care packages to deployed soldiers serving in the American armed forces. He established Our Troops Online, which over the past three decades, has assembled and distributed more than 200,000 care packages to the brave men and women protecting our freedom. Every penny raised from the initiative is put towards the organization’s $197,000 yearly postage bill or the purchase of items requested by the troops on a daily basis.
Six years ago, when Our Troops Online ran short of funds required for purchase of postage and various items requested by the troops, Williams cashed in his own personal life insurance policies to ensure every request would be fulfilled. With this act alone, along with numerous other ongoing contributions through Our Troops Online, Williams continues to serve as an individual who puts the needs of others far ahead of his own.