Smoothie King of Nashville made Valentine’s Day extra special for a Military mommy-to-be, and her husband, First Lieutenant Jake LaGue, who is scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan this year. Smoothie King of Nashville surprised Samantha LaGue with her go to pregnancy craving, the Pineapple Surf Smoothie.
Samantha is a military wife who left her family in Jacksonville, Fl., two years ago to move with her husband, Jake, who is stationed at Ft. Campbell. Samantha, who is 20 weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child, celebrated hitting the half way mark in her pregnancy on Valentine’s Day. Samantha and her husband do not have any family in Middle Tennessee, and when Samantha’s sister, Jennifer Carter, who lives in Jacksonville along with their parents, and Samantha’s in-laws, realized that this milestone would fall on Valentine’s Day, she wanted to do something special for her sister from miles away.
Jennifer sent a Facebook message to Smoothie King of Nashville, and asked if they would help her send a hug and her sister’s favorite pregnancy craving, the Pineapple Surf Smoothie, to her sister at work on Valentine’s Day. The company, who does not deliver, read her story, and as soon as they saw Samantha was a military wife, they jumped at the chance to make her day special.
“I read the message, and then read it again to confirm I was reading it right,” said Smoothie King of Nashville Owner, Paul McCulloch. “We have never received a request to deliver a smoothie, but reading her story, we wanted to provide this young lady with something that would not only make her and the baby feel good, but also it was something we could do to help her family do something special from miles away in honor of her and her husbands sacrifice for our country.”
So the plan was put into action, and over two days, with the help of Samantha’s office scheduling a “fake meeting” for her on Valentine’s Day, First Lieutenant Jake LaGue making arrangements to come down to Nashville to be at the special delivery, and Smoothie King of Nashville arranging their West End location to not only prepare a large Smoothie for the mommy-to-be and get the truck ready to go on its first delivery, but also prepare smoothies for all of Samantha’s co-workers in honor of Samantha, her husband’s service to our country, and Valentine’s Day. Samantha’s family even ordered flowers from Emma’s flowers, which ironically is the name of the soon-to-be LaGue baby, Emma Caroline, scheduled to be born on, of course, July 4, 2014. Already an All-American baby!