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A Special Christmas Message

  • 12/17/2013
  • Jon Jerome
  • H.E.R.O.E.S. Care

It's a week before Christmas. Her three year old daughter sits in her lap, and as she reads the last page of the Nativity Story picture book, her sleepy daughter asks, "Mommy, when will daddy be home? "Not for a while, baby," she replies, "Time for bed." She cradles her child in her arms as she carries her upstairs and tucks her in. As her daughter says her bedtime prayers, she whispers one, too, for her husband...

She turns off the light as she closes the door to her daughter's room and goes downstairs. She looks at the Christmas tree in the living room as she passes by. There won't be much under it this year. She sighs. She walks into the kitchen and sits down at the table. She glances over at the counter and sees the stack of unpaid bills. She lowers her face into her hands...

and she weeps.

You see, her husband is a reservist deployed to Afghanistan. She won't see him again until August. When his country called, he answered, leaving a good job and taking a big cut in pay to serve. The savings are almost gone. She's tried to be careful with the money. She won't tell her husband. He shouldn't be distracted by problems at home. Not with the dangerous work he has to do.

There's still time to change the ending to this story and many just like it, but we must act quickly.

We know where the needs are right now and we can help. We're H.E.R.O.E.S Care. We serve the Troops, the Families they leave behind, and Wounded Warriors when they come home. We've been doing it for years. We make money work hard. Ten dollars buys groceries for a family for a week. We're good stewards as well. Over ninety seven cents of every dollar we receive directly supports military families. We know times are tough. Our food assistance cases alone have increased over 80%.

Your gift will help one more military family avoid eviction or repossession. One more military mom will have enough food to feed her kids. One more military child won't have to wake up on Christmas morning with nothing.

Click on the DONATE button to give securely online, or send your 100% tax deductible donation to:

H.E.R.O.E.S. Care
1306R West Lark Industrial Park
Fenton, MO 63026

Thank you on behalf of those we serve together.

May the blessings of the holiday season be upon you and yours.

Jon Jerome

St. Louis, MO
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