This Christmas season, Freedom Alliance was able to bring hope and joy to 20 military families through our Presents for Patriots project in which adopted families fill out a Christmas wish list and Freedom Alliance then purchases those items.
Many of the service members adopted by Freedom Alliance for the project are recovering at military hospitals, or are dealing with illness or financial hardship, like Marine Sergeant Kyle, who has been deployed to Iraq three times. Kyle has three daughters and during his last deployment, he was exposed to an IED that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Kyle is currently stationed with the Wounded Warriors Battalion-East at Camp Lejeune.
Typical gifts for the children are toys or video games while adults may request clothes or Wal-Mart or Target gift cards. Private First Class Jacob’s family (die hard Greenbay Packers fans) were treated to seats at their first ever Packers game in Atlanta. Jacob left for basic training only two weeks after getting married. After training he was deployed to Afghanistan and had only been back for a brief time for to see his wife Ashley and their 23 month old son Braydon. Jacob’s family was also provided a gift card to help with gas and an adorable Packers jersey for Braydon.
Army Sergeant Samuel has served our country for ten years. He and his wife, Diana, have three children, Sam Jr. (5), David (4), and John (3). Samuel wrote to Freedom Alliance in appreciation for the gifts his family received: “This holiday season was to be a trying and difficult time for my family due to unexpected financial hardships. When it was discovered … that my family was selected… my family was very excited and comforted… Words can be difficult to form in the proper response to such a gift. I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and my family’s for making our holidays surely to be remembered.”
Freedom Alliance is proud to give something back to the servicemen and women and their families, all of whom sacrifice so much for our safety and freedom.