Every year we have a set amount of money we try to raise for our military and first responder family. When we reach that amount we find other families to spread the remaining donations out to. To date we have surprised 9 families for a total of $175,000.
Meeting this wonderful woman and her two precious little girls was a great way to end this years deliveries. Talking to her she conveyed the genuineness of Garrett and how he was a friend to all no matter the circumstance. Garrett was a member of the Sterling Fire Dept and died in the line of duty.
It was an honor to recognize these families this year.
Battling stage 4 Colon and Liver cancer since his diagnosis in May of 2021, and is still going to work and serving his community daily with a smile on his face.
Army Infantry Veteran and an actively serving Virginia Beach Police Officer. Kurtis is married and a father of two young children. It was an honor and pleasure to have met this family.
He was in an accident after he came home from Iraq. He was hit by a hit and run driver while he was running and was on his way home. He was in full military uniform and even had his rut sack on. Hit so hard it knocked both his boots off and they went in different directions a long distance from him. His head took the blunt force trauma. He was honorably medically discharged with full benefits however because he was considered on active duty during war time.
Aurash was the partner of Craig Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty. Kristi Johnson was our primary beneficiary for this year and having Aurash there to support her made the surprise for him that much more meaningful. We surprised him with a check to help on his recovery as he has yet to return to work.
Tom was one of the officers escorting the Fallen Tulsa officers when he and two other officers were involved in a wreck during the escort. Ron sustained a number of injuries that will take a time to right. It was our honor to surprise him and his wife with a check to help with the day to day struggles they continue to face.
Ryan Sartor was KIA in Afghanistan in 2019 and is survived by his wife and three children. We were fortunate enough to have them present at our annual event that year and present them with a check.
Igor is a member of the 10th SF and his wife was an interpreter trainer prior to a life changing illness. We were able to surprise them in Colorado Springs with a check to help with medical cost.
While Bob Juarez was a fireman in Davenport he suffered a life changing incident while battling fires that left him paralyzed from the waist down. We surprised Bob and his wife, Nancy, at the fire station in Davenport.
Rosemarie is the mother of Marcus Muralles, who was KIA while trying to rescue the men from Operation Red Wing. Too often the mothers and fathers out there are forgotten about and surprising her at her own home with a small token from people all over the country assured her that neither her nor her son were forgotten.
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