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Local Organization Shows Heroes Who Cares This Holiday Season

On Monday, December 2, I had the privilege of meeting a number of people who put together the area's largest toy collection for Missouri/Illinois military families. On the days leading up to today, the hardworking crew behind H.E.R.O.E.S. Care worked diligently to collaborate with local organizations and area military units to ensure that those that serve have the best possible holiday season.

It all started at Fenton based organization, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, with President Jon Jerome.

"We wanted to ensure that every military family felt the continued support of the community this holiday season," he explained.

So he and his team went to work, seeking donations and sponsors to fund this outreach program.

While in contact with Veterans United Foundation, who was still working on the final decision as to whether or not they would be able to get behind the project, Jerome sent a photo to show the organization just how many toys $1,500 would purchase. It was that photo that finalized the deal; securing a donation of close to $30,000 in order to provide toys to military families in Missouri and Illinois.

The funding along with a discount of $13,000 from Dollar General allowed H.E.R.O.E.S. Care to purchase $40,000 in toys for military families. The toys along with 66,000 dvds donated by Disney through K.I.D.S. - Kids in Distressed Situations - will make for a Christmas that no one will soon forget!

According to First Sergeant Dave Huskey of Alpha Company 2nd 334th Infantry Regiment, who volunteers at H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, "A lot of younger enlisted are finding a tough time to go this year."

"This project enhances the season and extends their Christmas," he said. "H.E.R.O.E.S. Care has helped provide for our kids' Christmas party at our Reserve Center in Illinois."

Thanks to the generous donors and others associated with this effort, children from Whiteman Air Force Base, Ft. Leonard Wood, and Scott Air Force Base as well as children from National Guard and Reserve units in Missouri and Southern Illinois will have a happier Christmas this year.

St. Louis, MO
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