Holidays for Heroes originally started with a group of Vets who really wanted to give back to their local vets during the Holidays.
There is no better time than Christmas time. As many know this family holiday can be one of the hardest. Not only does it get expensive, but also it is the time of year where many are away from family off on duty.
Here is where Holidays for Heroes came about. Live Christmas Trees were the answer. With a lot of dedication, donations, and their own time and money Christmas trees purchased from a tree farm in North Carolina made their way back to Tallahassee to be given away to Vets so that they could also celebrate and have cheer during the holidays.
Operation Christmas Tree was started in 2016 with the help of Patriot Riders. Trees were bought from a farm in North Carolina and given away at the Tallahassee Fire Dept.
In 2017 Dickens, Reed & Associates Law Firm stepped up and became the main face of the operation.
2018 was a sad year. We just didn't have the money to be able to get it done. A lot of the expenses from travel and any shortage on monies for trees and other expenses come straight out of pocket. We vowed to never let another year pass where we weren't in the homes of Vets.
As 2019 rolled around quick, we hit the pavement hard asking for sponsors. It was a good year and thanks to VVA Big Bend Ch 96 of Tallahassee we now have a main sponsor that will stay with us for years to come.
Covid hit us all really hard in 2020. But that didn't stop us. We grew this operation 2 fold in one of the worst years. Not only did we raise the most money since our start in '16, we also were able to give away 100 Christmas trees to vets in 4 different counties. We couldn't have done it with out the help and support of the community and our sponsors. We were also able to give a tree stand and box of 300 lights to almost all those who came to get a Christmas Tree in Tallahassee.
Holidays for Heroes had the honor of helping with Wreaths Across America in the Tallahassee area in 2020.
This experience for us was emotionally overwhelming and we were so very honored to help.
We were able to place almost 300 wreaths on grave sites where those who have fallen in combat or who have passed on at home were honored.
"Gone But Not Forgotten"
No one should be forgotten during the holidays especially those who have given so much to us with out question.
We hope that we will be able to help out again going forward.