It is my privilege to volunteer with the Hometown Support Program here in CT. We received exceptional training for the work we do, and the support staff in St. Louis is constantly available to us for for advice/encouragement. H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is an organization run by the highest quality people with sky-high standards. It is the avenue by which I can finally do my part to serve those who so selflessly serve our nation---what an honor!
The work that this program does to help Veterans and their families is outstanding. Their staff and volunteers go above and beyond to help those in need.
When I originally thought of this project for my Rocket squirt youth hockey team, it was just that a simple idea to give my players a community project for the season.
This project has always been close to my heart. As a young boy playing at Winterland, I can remember sitting at the dining table with my mom packing up boxes of her homemade cookies, cakes and other goodies to send my older brother in the Air Force who was in Vietnam. And waiting to get his letters back on how they enjoyed the goodies even though they were pretty beat up from the trip. I continued that tradition when I got out of college and would send care packages to my buddies who were in the Marines and deployed overseas.
So doing this project with my squirts seemed to be a simple project. And that is where the simple part of it stopped.
- The St. Louis Rockets came on board as a club wide project
- The Kirkwood Stars joined in
- Lady Cyclones joined in
- Parkway’s Northwest Middle School wrote letters and collected items
- Congregation Bnai Amoona MKLC students help raise money and collect items
- Oakville Middle School write letters and collected items
- Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Assn. helped promote the project
- Missouri Hockey help to promote the project
- The Waffle Houses allowed us to put collection boxes in their Lindbergh and Telegraph locations
- Webster, Brentwood, Creve Coeur and Kirkwood rinks all allowed us to put collection boxes in their lobbies.
- Mulligan Printing helped with printing
- All Travel Sizes.com helped to set up an online system to help people purchase items
- Tim Horton’s donate coffee mugs for the troops and helped with donuts and coffee on packing day
- And local hockey families helped to raise over $1100.00 to cover the project costs and postage of over 30 Care Packages to our troops.
What even made this more special was that one of my Winterland Adult Program Goalies(Female), had just been transferred from Scott Air Force Base to Whiteman Air Force base in western Missouri and was just deployed in January to the Middle East. So it was a perfect opportunity for us to support the troops.
And an even bigger opportunity for my squirt goalie(female) to be able to connect directly with one of the troops.
Packing day way incredible and such a great experience. It was a day of seeing parents and kids share a life learning experience. TV Channel 4 came out and did a short story which you can see with the link below.
Here’s the link for the Channel 4 report.
And the best part after the fact, was that Sargent Tracy Cockrum had the chance to stop in St. Louis and meet the Little Girl from our team and her family.
H.E.O.R.E.S. CARE gave my kids a chance to support our troops and their families and at the same time give them a life changing experience.
Great nonprofit organization. Numerous times have received free cardinals and blues baseball and homcey tickets that I shared with my family.
As a veteran this is a great service and gives us the opportunity to do something fun with no cost to us!
If it wasn't for them I would not of had the Christmas present to give my grandchildren last year. They're all the best people I have ever meet. Thank you so much for everything you do for my family. God Bless You All. Kim Cooper.
I was connected with HEROES Care my the US Navy Reserve Center St. Louis. I was told that they assisted families around Christmas with some extra toys that they have. What a surprise when I arrived. I was greeted by some of the most caring and friendly people I'd ever meet. My family and I ended up staying to assist with the sorting of all surplus of donations received. This was POST Christmas and after about 2 hours we sorted through several truck loads (53' Trailers) of brand new donated toys, games, and other children play things. I have volunteered with them 3 more times since then. Personally assisted a family in need with a new born to have enough diapers not only to get by but to last so the family didn't have to stress that purchase for a while. HEROES Care does more work than I have ever assisted with. Their staff is friendly, caring, loving, and come from a place of generosity. I cannot wait to visit again and assist helping more of our country's HEROES. An organization that believes in Honoring those who have given to our country. There isn't enough groups in the US that care for our Military and families.
Thank you for your kind words. It is our honor and privilege to serve military families.
I was spiraling downward fast. I had no home. I had no car. I had no work. Everyone I knew wanted nothing to do with me with the exception of a good woman, a little girl and the people at Heroes Care.
The same day I called them they found me a place to stay. It was one day after I was picked up and Heroes care found a job for me. The President and Vice President themselves spent time getting to know me and at the same time they invested in me. Heroes Care didnt see me as another case, they valued me as a person and a veteran during the times that I felt I had no value at all. They partnered with other charities and businesses to get a home for me. They did the same thing again to get a new SUV for me to drive to work. When I lost a job they would help find a new one for me. They did so much more than give. They poured wisdom and love into my life. They were a family to me.
I am now a business owner/ professional artist and I own a house, a car and a truck. I live a happy life. If it wasnt for the people at Heroes Care I wouldnt be alive. They completely restored my faith and helped me make a 180 degree turn in my life.
I am James and I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
James, We are so happy that things are going well for you and very proud of how you have turned your life around. Semper Fi and OOHRAH!
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, Inc never disappoints us. At SLU we've partnered with them to send and pack hundreds of packages for soldiers. Each time, they help us with what we didn't collect, provide the packing facility, and make arrangements to ship. I met a soldier on the plane and we were talking about H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, he said he got a care package while deployed and it meant so much. He said it was a wonderful feeling. H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is all about the soldiers and veterans as well as their family. Both Jon and Dave serve those who serve our country. Can't ask for a better organization and if you have time, donate time; if you have money; donate money to help.
At least once a year, a group of staff, family and friends from my place of employment gather at H.E.R.O.E.S. Care to put together care packages for troops who are deployed. It is a friendly competition between us to see how much we can put in the box and still close it. Last year, we set out to collect enough donations for 101 care packages to send to a unit deployed through Christmas. H.E.R.O.E.S. Care allowed us to use their space and when we ran out of donations, they gave us items to continue packing boxes. We finished with 103 boxes, but H.E.R.O.E.S. Care wasn’t finished. They ensured the boxes were addressed and shipped. We paid for the postage, they did all the coordinating and delivering to the local post office. Dave, Jon and the rest of the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care folks are wonderful people. They started years ago with a little girl’s dream and today, are positively impacting the lives of our military around the globe, their families and veterans. I’m a veteran and my life has been impacted just by volunteering. This is an organization focused on serving our military and their family; at times the support provided is life changing.
They provide diapers and Christmas toys for the military families that use our food pantry! Much needed support!
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, Inc. takes care of military members (current and former). They are self supported by donations in which they give back to the military 100% and more. They are always helping out when it comes to furniture, supplies, and event tickets for the local military community. They do ask anything in return, which makes one want to help them and their cause. We thank all of the members of HEROES Care for all that they do.
I have seen the work these folks do and it is truly REMARKABLE!!!!
Gunny Sgt. Bill Kiefer