"We give because they give!"
Holiday 4 Heroes
Thank you to our heroes for being there to protect us. We know freedom is not free and through your sacrifices we are able to live in freedom.
You will see it takes a village and our wonderful Holiday 4 Heroes Team, volunteers, sponsors and the community have made all this happen.
As we always say, "We could not do what we do without you!" Please enjoy our journey through this slide show.
THANK YOU TO ALL!
Who are we
Holiday 4 Heroes was founded in 2007 by Jonette Kessack, owner of Sip and Send. This grassroots effort was started to fill a need to provide comfort and care to out deployed men and women all over the world.
We are a group of team members, volunteers and business owners who had a desire to show our military that we remember them and appreciate their sacrifices for us.
What do we do
What started as a Holiday Program, our first year sending 40 packages, became a Year-Round effort. We now send over 100 - 200 comfort packages each month to our brave men and women, and 1000 packages for our Holiday Mission. We have now sent almost a total of 20,000 packages.
To fill the need at home we have added more programs, for our community, to serve our in-need and homeless Veteran's and their families.
Additions to the Mission
In 2019, we started our Backpack for Homeless and In-need Veterans Program partnering with the VA and various homeless coalitions. Our back packs are filled with personal care items, high protein snacks and information on where to get help.
In 2020, we began distributing bulk food drops to our in-need veterans and their families through the VA Food Pantry.
In 2021 our local VA Clinic asked us if we could help fill a need in our community. We were asked if we could provide tents and water filtration bottles for our Veteran's who are losing their homes during the current housing crisis.
In 2022 we realized that out some of our Mission Make Merry Families, sometimes, need a little extra help for emergencies. When funds are available we provide what we can to help our families get through these difficult times with a little less stress.
Mission Make Merry
As the mission evolves, Holiday 4 Heroes supports our military families at home by giving them a Christmas filled with joy and less worries.
Every year we provide a Merrier Christmas for local Military Families, who may be going through some difficult times. These families are recommended to us through the VA.
The first year we started with 3 families.
Fast forward to 2023, through the generosity of our donors, we have adopted 23 families. We provide all the necessary trimmings to make their Holiday Season a little bit brighter.
This year, through the tremendous generosity of our community, we also included gift certificates for food to help out with Thanksgiving Dinner too.
PACKING PARTY - JOIN US FOR SOME FUN AND FRIENDSHIP
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP, PLEASE SEND YOUR CONTACT INFO
TRICIA HAS TAKEN OVER VOLUNTEER SERVICES AND IS AN AMAZING ADDITION TO OUR COMMITTEE.
PACKING DATES ARE SET AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE !
Photos from our Packing Parties - Join us for some fun and friendship!
These amazing people pictured here join us to pack comfort and care packages for our troops and Back Packs for our homeless Veterans. We have packing parties on Thursdays and Saturdays. Contact Tricia Rice to join the fun email@example.com.
We are so fortunate to have a woman who hand makes cards for EVERY holiday for Holiday 4 Heroes. They are amazing!!! Hand written notes inside.
Is anyone interested in reaching out to children / classrooms to see if they would like to generate more notes to our soldiers! If you are interested fill out the Contact Us Form and tell us what you would like to do.
Thanks to all of you who have generously donated your time to make this effort such a success!
PHOTOS FROM OUR PACKING PARTIES -
JOIN US FOR SOME FUN AND FRIENDSHIP!
Lee County Clerks Office & Comptroller!
Thank you Lee County Clerks Office & Comptroller for volunteering to pack backpacks for our in-need homeless veterans. It is an honor for you to have taken your Saturday morning to come help us! We thank you.