Our company had achieved a milestone anniversary last year and wanted to celebrate it by organizing a fund raiser dedicated to our active and returning troops in various ways. We searched high and low to find a couple of honest, hard-working, 100% non-profit, New Jersey charities. We knew we certainly found one when we met Randi Cairns. She is truly a person who simply rolls up her sleeves and does what is needed, when it is needed. She impresed all of us and we are grateful to have found her and joined forces with Home Front Hearts. We wanted to make a difference in the lives of our brave men and women who put so much on the line for us, and we definitely feel we achieved that goal with the help of Home Front Hearts.
Each year the Temple Shaari Emeth Community works with Home Front Hearts collecting holiday toys and gifts for military families. It is incerdible to see what a difference these donations make in the lives of those who receive them. The Director of Home Front Hearts, Randi, is an inspiration to all of us, making sure that families who need all kinds of assistance receive it -- whether providing housing for military families who lost homes after Hurricane Sandy, making sure a child receives a bike to play with or ensuring that a family has money to pay for food and electricity -- Randi is right there providing military families with what they need. Our community feels good knowing that we support an organization that truly impacts the lives of those who live with tremendous daily stress and worry. It is a very meaningful way to give back to the men and women who serve our country and the families who sacrifice so much to support them in their work.
Every year L'Oreal looks for charities that need a helping hand. My location in SB has had the pleasure of helping Homefront Hearts for the past few years. We collect gifts for the militarty families around thanksgiving to be handed out for christmas. It has been very successful and rewarding. We know that all the gifts are being distributed to good people and helping out in tough times.
Randi Cairns is wonderful and very friendly. She makes the connection between our organizations very seemless and smooth. Love working with her and look foward to doing so again this year.
One thing that I very much appreciate about this charity is that 100% of the funds donated go to the person or family in need. Unlike many of the larger charities that have paid administration and only a small percentage of money donated actually goes to those in need, Home Front Hearts is run by all volunteer effort and the people in need receive all of the amount given.
Home Front Hearts has evolved into a significant charity reaching an un-served or under-served group of people in need of our help.
It is heartwarming, also that she is serving military families. I don't believe that this great country of ours has gone far enough to ensure that these people are well taken care of. Home Front Hearts has met their needs time and again.
Home. Front. Hearts. The name says it all. "Home" means such a different thing to my generation. We are separated from our own extended families by miles, in this age. We find ourselves in crisis, with loved ones deployed or activated, without the support to help us make it in life. I know. My husband has deployed twice to Iraq. I can't even begin to tell you what it means to have a group like Home Front Hearts be your "home", your go to place, that place that you know has other people, like you. HFH understands the "front", too. It's volunteers are or have loved ones in the military. For instance, nobody knows what it's like to be a temporary single parent when your spouse deploys. It's weird. It's not permanent, but it's long, sometimes over a year's time. Of course, then there is a re-adjustment stage. Families begin one state of existence and the military changes their lives...., again. I appreciate having someone who has been on the "front". HFH has a living "heart", also. You will find, among military families, the values and morals that have shaped our dear country. You will find, that if there is a need to be filled, HFR will fill it. I have have witnessed them provide both physical and financial help. In particular, I recall a soldier needing to get get home to a sick family member. Home Front Hearts intervened, making it possible; it was the right thing to do. Of course, they helped. Home Front Hearts makes a positive difference in the lives of our military families. I am grateful for them.
While deployed, the support Home Front Hearts provided to my family was invaluable. Knowing that they were there gave me a sense of security that is indescribable.
Since my return from my deployment, Home Front Hearts has been there to assist the Soldiers under my command no matter the difficulty of their circumstance or their geographic location. The service this organization provides and the quality with which it does so, should be the standard by which organizations that support the military are judged.
I know a few of the people that have benefited from Home Front Hearts. They really are one of the few non-profits that is not trying to make money off peoples' suffering.
I provide this review without any hesitation(s) or apprehension(s). Home Front Hearts stood in the gap for myself, disabled, veteran spouse, and three children for the Christmas holiday. I was working and going to school full-time, paying the tuition difference out of pocket, and then the boiler needed to be replaced and my utility bills were piling up. I was paying for the gas and tolls to commute to work and at the same time trying to remain committed and focused on completing my graduate studies. I was at work one day and simply did a google search in an attempt to identify agencies/organizations that could help me provide a decent Christmas holiday; one that my kids were accustomed to. I knew that this past year would be difficult because my husband and I simply did not have the savings to provide them with anything they had expressed on their wish list. This is when I came across Home Front Hearts and provided them with my heart-felt plead for assistance, not only were my prayers answered but they far exceeded my wildest imagination. Randi Cairns from Home Front Hearts graciously replied to my numerous e-mails, inquiries and follow-ups and not only blessed my family with making sure that the items on my children's wish list were fulfilled but also provided giftcards to various stores for the family. Randi Cairns and Home Front Hearts made this past Christmas season the best one yet for the entire Banks family! God bless Home Front Hearts for the extraordinary work that it does; it provides an impactful and memorable service.
As a spouse of an Army National Guard officer, Randi at Home Front Hearts truly understands the difficulties encountered by military families when their service member is deployed. She has established Home Front Hearts as a place where these families can turn when tough times occur. She has developed a large base of local veteran service organizations, businesses, caring individuals who donate time, goods, and money to help the service members families through difficult times. She is always willing to step in and help. A truly great non profit group who looks out for the true 1 percent of this nation, those serving out great nation to protect the freedoms we enjoy. Please support this outstanding organization. We have and will continue to support them.
Michael Goff CWO3 USN (Ret)
VFW Post 133
East Brunswick, NJ
As the president and founder of another charity (WISH for OUR HEROES) dedicated to helping our military members, it has truly been an honor and privilege to partner with Randi Cairns and Home From Hearts. They are an unbelievable organization dedicated to helping our veterans and their families. They are professional, well-run, and most importantly, they genuinely care about helping our veteran families. Of all the charities we have worked with since we started W4OH, they have been the best. Thank you Home Front Hearts for all that you do!! -Jeff Wells, President, W4OH
I have collected gift donations from my customers (products & gift cards) and wanted to donate them to our local military families. I was THRILLED to be recommended to Home Front Hearts! This nonprofit is run by a selfless, trustworthy & genuine woman ... who I'm happy to call a friend! I look forward to donating to Home Front Hearts again & encourage everyone in NJ to do so also :)
Celebrating Home Indepdendent Designer
My family and I were victims of hurricane Sandy and Home Front Hearts help my family have a lovely and best Christma for our baby girl. I really appreciate everything they have done for us. They are the best!
The Butterfly Program is a non-profit who mission is cultivate, nurture, develop those are living in poverty. TBP helps indivdualds who need resources to reach their goals.
Home Front Hearts is an amazing organization that does so much for our military families. By providing support for military families they are sending a message to the entire community that no soldier stands alone. Donations of services, goods and/or money can make a huge difference in the life of a military family. They serve as a matchmaker of sorts - connecting military families with individuals and/or businesses in their community that wish to lend a hand. The mission of Home Front Hearts is to serve the families that serve our country by: providing support and resources to the families of service members, increasing public awareness of the struggles and sacrifices of military families, and engaging both individuals and businesses in building communities that are responsive to the needs of these families. As an elected official in the Township where this organization calls home, I am proud of the work that Randi Cairns and her team have done and applaud them for their never-ending efforts!!Councilwoman Denise Contrino
I have know about Home Front Hearts since its inception. I've been involved in several of their clothing/toy drives and attempts to help the families of servicemen deployed. Randi Cairns is one of the most amazing woman I've ever met. Her dedication to this cause is incredible.
My husband and I have worked with this charity for years along with several clubs we belong to. We have been involved with adopting military families in need for Christmas and at other times when the need arises.
Home Front Hearts is an organization dedicated to helping soldiers and there families. The dedication begins with Randi, the founder of the organization. Our family and friends have participated in collecting supplies for children in need to send abroad while her husband was stationed there. Locally we held a Christmas Party where the guests donated gifts and purchased furniture for a military family. I've also participated in a baby shower for a military family in need and expecting a child. Randi is very helpful in finding a way everyone can help, either financially, physically or through a collection of sorts.
Home front Hearts goes above and beyond what most non-profits do to help military families. Randi is very knowledgeable about available resources and manages to find answers to tough questions to assist families in New Jersey.
I've had the pleasure of working with Home Front Hearts on numerous occasions and their services, expertise and knowledge of available resources is second to none. I met Randi Cairns, Executive Director for Home Front Hearts, when I was trying to find services for a wounded warrior and his family who were in dire straits. Home Front Hearts worked miracles for this family, and for many other families that I've referred to them. No matter the need, Randi and Home Front Hearts goes above and beyond to assist military families. This organization does more with less than any other organization I've come in contact with. Randi's talent for determining true needs, finding resources and helping military families should make some of the larger, well-funded non-profits working in this area take notice - she kicks their butts!
The Oregon City, Oregon Army Strong Community Center (ASCC) would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the many times your organization has helped the Veterans and their Families who come through the doors of our office just hoping someone will care enough to assist them during their struggles.
Oregon has deployed thousands of their National Guard over these last 12 years of conflicts and wars. The economy in our state crashed in 2009 like many places and has yet to recover. Unemployment is high and it is estimated that returning soldiers unemployment rate is over 50%.
Obviously, in my line of work, I deal with a great many organizations who offer assistance. I have to say that your organization is professional, prompt, caring, respectful, and is a joy to work with. While all organizations go through times of financial short falls, you still managed to assist in some way with each request.
Congratulations on a job well done. Your program is changing lives and is vital to the success of the Military Families we assist. Thank you again,
I've seen the effects of Home Front Hearts on the families of soldiers overseas. I think this charity provides among the highest value oer donor dollar! I would not hesitate to continue my donations!
Home Front Heart changes lives. The fact is that our service men and women have families and all too often those left at home are falling through the cracks. This organization offers professional, prompt and caring assistance. Serving the families of those who serve our country, Home Front Hearts steps up to the plate and delivers. It is able to do this through the outstanding leadership provided by the dynamic Executive Director, Randi Cairns.
This is the best organization! I am a spouse of a Wounded Warrier and we have been through so much, thanks to Home Front Hearts my family and I didn't have to worry about Food or Christmas Presents for our children, I love what this organization does for Families. This is such a blessing and helps so many families! I tell everyone about what a difference Home Front Hearts makes in so many lives! It really makes a difference when you know someone truly cares, at a time when it really matters the most.
HOme Front Hearts takes care of those left here while their loved ones are serving who have worry and fear and realtime financial and physical concerns. This organization does amazing things to support these needs. Returning servicemen and women can count on everything from a hug to assistance finding somewhere to live. I am a Huge fan being a Blue Star Mother myself.
I became associated with Home front Hearts when I was having an issue. I called Randi to see what they could do to help me. Randi give me alot of suggestions and she followed up. Even though I ended up not needing to use the resources of Home front hearts, I knew that the resources were available. I have also recommeded alot of soldiers to Home Front Hearts and they have been very helpful. This is an amazing organization and they work they do with the soldiers and their families can not be duplicated.
Home Front Hearts has help numerous of my soldiers when no other organization could. Because of the strict rules guiding other organizations, Home Front Hearts has the flexability to use all assets to accomplish their mission. The soldiers who require help just need to get over the hump of certain struggles with dignity and privacy, which Home Front Hearts provides.
I am writing to tell you about a wonderful organization called Home Front Hearts! I am a Military Spouse myself, but I came to know Home Front Hearts and it's founder, Randi, through a mutual friend. I have seen and heard about services the organization provides to Military Servicemembers, Veteran's and Family Members. Recently, the organization was looking for a specific item for a Servicemember in need. Home Front Hearts has a wide network for communications, so I heard about this right away - and was able to put the organization in touch with someone that could help the Soldier. It is positive outcomes such as this, that makes Home Front Hearts such a vital important service to the community!
Home front hearts has been a blessing in our lives. For christmas they received donations of toys for children and we were lucky enough to be a recipeiant. Needless to say our children had a very merry christmas and were so happy, I cried. Even when her husband was deployed Randi worked endlessly to help others who were in need never asking for anything in return, she is a wonderful person and her organization is a blessing in far too many ways to count and list.
I've been volunteering with Home Front Hearts for about 6 months now and have witnessed absolute miracles! Randi and her team jump into action to help military families with anything they need -- no questions asked. Home Front Hearts truly changes lives. Randi is one of the most dedicated, selfless people I know. She treats volunteers with the utmost respect and provides an extremely encouraging and supportive environment.
Our family is so very grateful to Home Front Hearts for the gift card they sent us. Being a caregiver of a Wounded Warrior is no easy task and there are times when the little extra help goes a long way. We are so happy to have been helped by an organization that truly cares for our Veteran's and their families. Thanks so much Home Front Hearts and God bless you for all that you do.
Home Front Hearts is a non-profit that truly performs miracles! In contrast to experiences with many of the larger, flashier, organizations out there to whom I referred many military families while serving as a command volunteer, Home Front Hearts has delivered to each of my families referred, in the fashion most needed by the individual families. Recently, my family and I've found ourselves in need of support and assistance in a vast array of areas due to our service member's chronic, serious illness and, with all of the resources out there- Home Front Hearts stands tall as the ONLY organization who has helped us. We fall through the cracks in available programs and, as Active Duty, don't qualify for others-and for some needs, there are no programs. While taking great care to preserve our dignity, Randi has performed incredible miracles with a budget that, I'm sure, is much smaller than the larger organizations. Home Front Hearts has stepped in and helped and provided gift cards for food, gifts for my children at the holiday times, an ear when things get overwhelming, as well as referral information to other organizations that assist military families. Currently, HFH is finding ways to enable us to make necessary repairs to our home. I can not say enough positive things about this organization. Trustworthy, honest, experienced with the military family lifestyle and dedicated-- all of that, and much more, describe Home Front Hearts!
This organization and the people involved do more than provide band-aids for obstacles or financial hardships- they problem solve and help to form plans that, once the obstacle is overcome or mitigated, promote independence and the ability to move forward.
Home Front Hearts' mission is to serve the families that serve our country and that is exactly what Randi Cairns does. I am proud to say that we were one of the families that Randi helped. Randi generously supported our family when all hope was diminished. She opened her arms and heart and gently guided us to solid ground. I am the mother of two daughters and caregiver to my husband who is 100% totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty. It has been impossible for me to leave the home and go out to work. Financially we were not "making ends meet" and we desperately needed help when Randi stepped in and saved the day. After all this transpired Randi Cairns contacted me a few weeks later to offer me employment. I am proud to announce that I am now a "Pay It Forward Fellow" for Home Front Hearts. Thank you Randi for being so strong and capable and always being there for military families in need.
I've offered services to Home Front Hearts. Randi is wonderful and the mission is so critical. I have nothing but the highest praise!
Randi and her family were gracious enough to come and speak to the teens of our parish Confirmation program. They spoke to them about what it's like to be a military family and the sacrifices that our men and women (and their families) make every day. They were warm, outgoing and very knowledgable. Randi's spirit for caring and giving far exceeds her family. She works hard each day to help spread the word about her organization and the ways they can best serve our country's finest.
The power and worth of any organization stems from the authentic values underneath. By this measure, HFH stands very tall indeed. With her husband on the front lines in Afghanistan, Randi Cairns experienced firsthand the challenges on the home front. Caring for children, keeping a one-adult household afloat, and making ends meet, Randi found the compassion and strength to build an organization to serve others like her.
As President of the St. Bartholomew Columbiettes, I have had the opportunity to have the members help The St. Bartholomew Columbiettes are a church oriented organization that provides aid to charitable organizations in the community. We have been providing help for over 11 years and our experience with Home Front Hearts was very rewarding to our members. We felt like we had made a difference in the lives of several military families especially around the holidays.
Randi gets the top rating for her compassion and committment to the military and their families in NJ and beyond. Home Front Hearts is a great organization.
Randi and HomeFront Hearts goes above and beyond what anyone would ever expect in her treatment and caring of veterans, military and their families. If there is any way the organization can assist those who need them, HFH will be there. The organization got the community involved and caring - it collected clothing, schoolo supplies and more to send over to Afghanistan. HFH made the Christmas/Hannukah holidays special for a number of military families.
In my current position, I encounter, on a daily basis, many organizations claiming to, "walk-the-walk-and-talk-the-talk." However, as a professional in the field, of ensuring the needs of veterans and their respective families, I find some come-up short. Home Front Hearts, I find to be truly sincere. If you haven't met the folks, from this organization, you're at a tremendous loss, to truly understand, the real meaning of caring. I salute the folks at Home Front Hearts, for their significant efforts. I feel comfortable knowing, there are folks like Randi and her staff, still walking the planet. I've spent over 40 years in a military uniform, and am a vietnam veteran. I guess, I am slightly qualified in my assessment, of this dynamic organization of, HOME-FRONT-HEARTS....
I work at a nursery school in NJ and we wanted to do something for a military family during this past holiday season. I checked on my computer to see who we could help. I found Home Front Hearts and it seemed like the perfect choice. It was exactly what we were looking for. I contacted Ronnie Cairns and asked how and what we could do to help one or more of these military families. She responded with several suggestions and we decided to go with purchasing items for a family of her choice. The families connected with our school responded with "open hearts". We were able to purchase toys, bedding, shoes and a computer. We were also able to make two truck payments and one mortgage payment. We were truly honored to do this. It was such a positive experience for all the children who attend our school. They helped gather and sort all the items and pack and ship them off. I must say that everyone connected and involved with this non-profit organization are wonderful, caring people. We hope to do this again this year.
I have been witness to the dedicated and committed efforts of the Founder/Exective Director in forming this much needed organization. By serving and supporting the families that serve on behalf of all our citizens, greater communiies are forged in the process.
Home Front Hearts is an organization that truly inspires. This nonprofit has such a clear mission to serve the most deserving and underappreciated "members" of our military - the families left at home. I witnessed first hand the dedication of the staff and their "whatever it takes to get the job done" work ethics. I had a front row seat to the beginnings of Home Front Hearts when the Director was herself managing a family left at home while her husband served our country. The fact that this nonprofit could be born during the time of her own personal needs demonstrates the ambition and drive that carries through this entire organization. If you want to help you should reach out to Home Front Hearts and if you need help you should reach out to Home Front Hearts. You won't be disappointed.
Home Front Hearts is a great source of information. I work with OEF/OIF in NC, and I suggest they look at the Home Front Hearts website for the latest info on services.
This non- profit organization was a blessing to me. In my time of need, and during my pregnancy Home Front Hearts took the initative to assist me in my financial needs takes a huge worry off my shoulders. Their assistance and help was truly a privilege and a greatly appreciated deed. Especially their Director Randi Cairns, she is a great person.
I was in San Antonio for 6 months with my warrior son who was airlifted back to the states with a brain tumor. Home Front Hearts, as well as other organizations, helped to pay my rent, car note, and utilities while I was in Texas. Otherwise, I would not have had the opportunity to stay that long with my son. He has terminal cancer. Home Front Hearts was invaluable. Randi Cairns is a wonderful and caring person. 5 star rating
As the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that is dedicated to small, little known organizations often begun by an inspired and inspiring individual (also known as a "good person")I have years of experience meeting and working with amazing visionaries who identify a need in this world and are dedicated to addressing that need. Randi Cairns, the inspiration behind Home Front Hearts and the good work it does, is one of those visionaries. As the wife of a National Guardsman who has left his wife and children on numerous occasions to serve our country, Randi had first-hand knowledge of the specific problems faced by National Guard families and has worked tirelessly to resolve many of those difficulties. HFH has developed an extensive online database of resources which are accessed by many Guard families. They have responded to specific needs, with the help of donors, when appropriate and Randi spends a considerable amount of time on the phone offering her (own)experience and expertise to those who come to her for help.