With over a thousand miles in on its Route For The Brave walk across America, Helping Hands For Freedom decided to take Monday, June 20, off and instead of walking for Gold Star and military families, it helped farmers of Chapman, Kansas put the pieces of their lives back together.
HHFF staff member Joel Myers learned the area was devastated three weeks ago by tornadoes and the team helped clean up debris throughout fields.
“Instead of walking the route today, we chose to walk the wheat fields of Chapman, Kansas. Three weeks ago, there was a tornado that ripped through the area and there is debris throughout the field. The farmers are in harvest season, but are not able to do so with their equipment due to the debris. We helped the families clean up the fields,” said Helping Hands For Freedom chairman of the board David V. Roth.
Helping Hands For Freedom CEO Darin Fishburn said the opportunity to help these families is everything his military charity embodies.
“That’s what we do. We help families and this family was in need,” said Fishburn.
Helping Hands For Freedom was co-founded in 2008 by retired Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Shannon and Rod Smith and aids the families of the wounded, fallen and deployed. Its mission is Route For The Brave, a 3,091 mile walk across America to raise funds for the construction of a PTSD Center and House of Healing for Gold Star families.