Helping Hands for Freedom is a 501c3 dedicated to supporting the families of the fallen, wounded and deployed.

Thunderbirds Charities Provides Critical Support To The Families Of The Fallen, Wounded And Deployed

Posted January 4, 2021 by admin

Phoenix, January 4, 2021

In December of 2020 Helping Hands for Freedom received an award of $10,000 from Thunderbird Charities.

In the time of Covid-19 this provides critical support for Helping Hands for Freedom’s Life Needs program. 

The Life Needs program supports the families of the fallen, wounded and deployed with emergency financial assistance. Families that apply typically need help with mortgage/rent, car payments, utilities, insurance and medical bills.

Helping Hands for Freedom CEO Eric Snelz acknowledged that, “Receiving these funds in a year where all but one of our fund-raising events were cancelled because of Covid-19 provided a critical safety net to continue our mission of keeping families together in the home. The fact the assistance came during the holiday season made an even bigger impact for our families.”

In a year where families experienced unprecedented stress, Helping Hands for Freedom received inquiries from 829 families seeking relief from financial emergencies. 


HHFF has a focus on the family. Active-duty Military, Veteran, Wounded Warrior and Gold Star families are considered for emergency assistance as long as at least one child 18 or under resides in the home. The Life Needs program is the primary focus of HHFF. However, in non Covid-19 years, HHFF organizes events via their Life Enrichment program which allows families to share common experiences with other families. This includes attendance at sporting events, picnics and various entertainment venues.

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Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 285 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open,visit . For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit