Holiday 4 Heroes
"We give because they give"
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.
We did an on-line fund raiser and our community came together to raise enough money to purchase both the tents and drinking water filtration bottles.
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 families, who may be going through some difficult times.
The first year we started with 3 families.
Fast forward to 2021, through the generosity of our donors, we have adopted 14 families. We provide all the necessary trimmings to make their Holiday Season a little bit brighter.
We hope to do this each year helping as many families with some little extra cheer at the holidays.
This year, through the tremendous generosity of our community, we also included gift certificates for food to help out with Thanksgiving Dinner too. We have added to the program and now have a "Mission Make Merry Continued" Project. We are in the process of adopting 23 families with your help! Thank you.
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 Triciah Rice to join the fun firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so fortunate to have a lady who hand makes cards for EVERY holiday. 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.
Thank you to all of you who have generously donated your time to make this effort such a success!