Heroes Supporting Heroes
COVID-19 MILITARY SUPPORT EFFORTS
Gift Card Donation Drive
We are requesting GIFT CARD Donations to support local actively serving military families, especially local National Guard & Reserve members whose civilian employment has been effected due to the current COVID-19 crisis. For an explantion of needs and our organizational response to the COVID-19 crisis, please see the Press Release below.
We specifically need GIFT CARDS in ANY amount to:
- Grocery Stores
- Household Supply Retail Stores like Target or Walmart
- Gas Stations
Gift Cards Can be sent to our offices at: Heroes Supporting Heroes, 7313 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, PA 15071 or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial donations for gift card purchases can be made to our PayPal donation account accessible here:
Your help is needed!
BREAKING PRESS RELEASE
PITTSBURGH (March 27, 2020 ) – Pittsburgh based 501c3 Heroes Supporting Heroes (HSH) today announced the start of a public gift card donation drive, in support of local Western PA military families that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact across our Forces as they continue to support the federal and state government response, in addition to preserving the Force’s ability to provide for our national defense and current worldwide military missions. As our service members take on these responsibilities, many will face financial uncertainty for their own families as the Covid-19 crisis continues. This is particularly true in Western Pennsylvania.
HSH’s Chief Executive Officer, Kristi Hilbert explains “In western Pennsylvania, across branches of service, we have predominantly National Guard and Reserve installations and service members. Thousands of our citizens serve our Nation in these critical roles, however unlike full time actively serving military members, our families primarily rely financially on their civilian employment. In this extraordinary time, as more and more service members and their spouses lose their civilian employment, we are beginning to see a dramatic increase in the number of military families who need our support.”
Heroes Supporting Heroes primary organizational mission is to support stable and safe housing for military members and their families, Hilbert explained their shift in focus during the pandemic; “We are in an unprecedented time in our Nation’s history. Through HSH we have a strong working relationship with all of the Family Readiness Offices at local military installations, in addition to senior Pentagon officials, who we are in regular contact with to assess the needs of our service member families and insure they are being met in a very timely way. Our primary concern is that our military members can focus on the mission, knowing that their families have what they need.”
Using other neighboring states as a model, the prediction is currently that we will see a dramatic spike in requests for assistance coming from local Reserve & National Guard service members in the next two weeks. Heroes Supporting Heroes is trying to insure there will be the vital resources needed readily available for this predicted increase by launching a Gift Card Drive today on their website. Military families will be able to request support directly through their Family Readiness Offices, who are on the front lines keeping a pulse on the needs of their collective group of service members by installation. The primary push is for donations of gift cards to grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores for household supplies such as Target & Walmart and restaurants. Donations can be mailed to Heroes Supporting Heroes offices at 7313 Noblkestown Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. Sent electronically to email@example.com and financial donations to purchase gift cards can be made to PayPal on www.heroessupportingheroes.org. All funds and gift cards raised that are not used during the Covid-19 crisis management will be used for needs of local military families throughout the year.
Hilbert believes, “Western Pennsylvania has a history of unwavering support and dedication to it’s military community. It is often cited by military members and leadership as being more profound & resilient than many of the full time active duty communities where they have been stationed. When our region is called on for support, we do not fail to deliver.”
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Did you ever wonder how hard it is to have a loved one who is a member of the United States military deployed overseas in a dangerous foreign country? Think of the parent with young children whose spouse has been deployed. What happens when the everyday household repairs and maintenance arise that they might have depended upon their spouse to take care of? Or the elderly neighbor who can no longer complete basic home repairs? A broken water heater, leaky roof, flooded basement, backed up plumbing, etc. Well that is exactly what Heroes Supporting Heroes (HSH) is all about!
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The VISION of HSH is: To support stable and safe housing for military members and their families, senior citizens and others in need in order to honor God!
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HSH is proud to be approved by the IRS as an independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization! We have been blessed to have had West Allegheny Ministerial Association as our Fiscal Sponsor until now as that allowed HSH to operate as a non-profit organization.
What is especially important is that now our grant opportunities will expand as this will allow HSH to qualify with more organizations than we could have before!
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