The need was overwhelming this year:
“I am afraid I won’t be able to give [my family] a good Christmas…”
“This year we have not been able to even get the kids gifts for their birthdays.”
“The kiddos have had a hard year…”
“We are financially hurting.”
“…right now I’m struggling just to put food on the table.”
“I told my kids there would be no Christmas.”
Military families all over the country are struggling to support their families. Due to a surge of service members who are wounded and unable to continue their military careers, many households are falling under a pile of medical charges and overdue bills.
Some have waited for delayed disability checks to come in, while others have made the transition from active-duty to retirement pay. In order to be close to a family member in the hospital, many have had to sustain two homes while their loved one recovers from combat-related injuries. More have remained separated from their families or have had to bear the expense of moving. There are still many more spouses and parents who have had to give up jobs to care for their injured hero.
“To have a nice Christmas here would make us feel normal for a little while.”
Freedom Alliance and its supporters have heard the outcry, and together we determined to show our military families in need that we care. There were a lot of kids this year who had already sacrificed so much; they deserved to wake up on Christmas morning to find presents under the tree. Furthermore, there were a great number of wounded heroes in treatment centers who needed to know that we don’t take their struggle for granted.
We thought that Christmas was a good time to help lift the burden. And this year, our holiday program, Presents for Patriots, has provided gifts for more than 100 families, which include 465 individuals.
(Regrettably, some of these vets have lost the fight for their lives. Freedom Alliance was there also to make sure these families would receive Christmas presents in honor of their most noble sacrifice, during this tragically tender time.)
And the response has been overwhelming as well:
“What a blessing this is! I feel like I can take a second breath now.”
“Thank you for all that you do for all our wounded heroes and know that it does not go unnoticed.”
“Seeing [our children’s] smiles was possible because of you.”
“I don’t think I have seen the kids this happy in a very long time.”
What’s astonishing is that many of the recipients in the Presents for Patriots program greatly wish to help another family in need as soon as they get back on their feet.
This priceless gift of gratitude is truly the gift that keeps on giving.