On December 19th we had our annual Zoo Light event. Over 275 family members got to meet Mason Cole of the Cardinals, four cheerleaders and Big Red along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Everyone was treated to a meal, a ticket to Zoo Lights and the children got a chance to pick a favorite gift from the hundreds displayed on the table.
On December 19th Navy Federal Credit Union handed Helping Hands for Freedom a check for $2,500. The funds were put to good use assisting the families of the fallen, wounded and deployed during the Holiday season.
On Tuesday, December 17th, Desert Financial Credit Union joined HHFF at our office to provide holiday assistance to three of our families who have lost a loved one in military service. The credit union donated $3,000 worth of age-appropriate gifts collected through a holiday toy drive at an Arizona Cardinals game.
Jennifer O'Donnell from K O'Donnell's pub in Scottsdale, AZ had an Ugly Sweater Night to raise funds for four struggling Gold Star/Survivor families. You can see how the money she raised was put to good use. Thank you Jennifer for a second year of critical support during the Holiday season.
Chris reached out to Helping Hands for Freedom to help find families in need so his HOA could raises funds and treat them to a Happy Holiday. You can see by the photo the HOA did a fantastic job and made the holiday season a special time for families who needed assistance. Thanks Chris for reaching out and lending a helping hand.
On December 15th In Colorado there was a Gold Star Family Holiday Reception at the Governor's Mansion. In addition to yummy food, Santa was a welcomed guest and the kids loved all of the craft options.
A Gold Star Tree was arrayed with ornaments to display and honor the Deceased Service Members. It was a very lighthearted event and the Gold Star Families had a great time.
On December 11th Go Daddy joined AZTV7 at Costco in Gilbert, AZ. Each Go Daddy employee was given an allowance to purchase gifts which were then given to Helping Hands for Freedom to be used during Zoo Lights. Thank you to Costco, Go Daddy and AZTV7.
Cindy and Jim Hill from Shop with a Cop included over 200 children of the fallen, wounded and deployed in the four events on December 7th and 14th. Each child was given an allowance of $100 to shop for whatever they wanted. Many shopped for their single parent, purchased clothes or the latest hot toy.