Loving Veterans To Life

Mission COMPLETE! December ’14 updates

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
As we have all officially welcomed in 2015 we are looking forward to an incredible year, but first reflect upon an incredible end to 2014!

Holiday season is always busy and this year was no different. Nearly 1,000 lives were impacted in various ways from gift cards, pizza parties, holiday dinners, gift bags, gifts and more.

In November we launched Holidays for Heroes and thanks to the incredible generosity to hundreds of people both local and nationally as well as dozens of volunteers, we are proud to say the mission is COMPLETE!! Our major effort was the adoption of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and the collection of some $40,000 in items to fill over 300 (an additional 100 for those locally) gift bags with essential items and goodies for these homeless veterans. For 6 weeks donations poured in from across the country and were packed and loaded in two hours by four incredible young service men. Bags included thermal socks, new hats, gloves, scarves, handmade candy from our friends at Hebert Candies, toiletries, and more. They were delivered just in time for the holidays on Monday December 22nd!
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In addition to this effort the following was also accomplished as part of our Holidays for Heroes program:
-Assisted 215 military families with needed holiday gifts!
-Holiday care packages and stockings for 112 deployed service members
-Our West Coast Adopt A Marine helped 6 single Marines and 3 families organized by Sgt Valdez, Christy and Midas
-On behalf of the LiveLife Center, a complete Christmas dinner and holiday party for 100 people in recovery was provided for those in Opening Heavens Door Ministry.
-Operation Christmas Cards helped #MissionHoliday cards collect over 100,000 cards for the troops and an additional 60,000+ cards were sent out on behalf of OCC
-Lastly 70 holiday care bags for those in recovery were made with essentials and new blankets. The recovery homes they stay in will be receiving new bedding for its 95+ beds, new bath/hand/face towel sets for each person, new blankets and many house hold needs!
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December was also filled with other incredible moments. Our newest puppy Scout aced his first Puppy K class mastering all of his basic obedience skills as well as a few tricks like paw, other paw and turn around. He was also unofficially pinned by LCpl Shea as well as many members of the USS Constitution including the Lt. Commander (XO) of the ship! We enjoyed a great afternoon with many members of the crew and provided a holiday pizza party to thank them not only for serving our country but all they do while stationed here in Boston. Members of the ship are heavily active in volunteer work and are always excited when we visit the ship with the boys. We were very excited that Sgt Valdez and Midas were able to join us for many of these deliveries when they arrived in Boston for the holidays. It was great having the majority of the team together and we were happy to see them and happy that our volunteers got to enjoy some time with Juan and Midas as well.

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Thank you to each and everyone of you who have and continue to support the incredible work of Valiant Veterans and the mission of #LovingVeteranstoLife. It is the many of you who donate and volunteer that are impacting and changing the lives of these veterans across the country and assisting with a friendly handup. Whether you are directly helping our efforts or those within your own communities we are very thankful that you have joined us in Loving Veterans to Life! We are looking forward to a power packed and incredible 2015 and can’t wait to see you along the way!!
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