Homeland Heroes Foundation’s 1940s Winter Gala

February 21, 2014

submitted by Sonny Tylus

The Homeland Heroes Foundation (HHF) celebrated its first 1940s USO themed winter gala fundraiser on February 15 at the Atkinson Country Club.

“Despite the horrible weather conditions our event was a huge success with over 180 guests in attendance and a wonderful evening was had by all,” said Julie Weymouth cofounder of HHF.

The Homeland Heroes Foundation is a grass roots, non-profit organization that assists local active duty military, veterans and their families in their time of need.  They work with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Pease Air Force Base, Easter Seals and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program through the Veterans Administration.  When a soldier needs household items, furnishings, appliances, etc., they will call on HHF to get them what they need.  HHF relies on the donations of others to accomplish this goal; if you have anything that you would like to donate, contact HHF at www.homelandheroesfoundation.org.

HHF has a storage unit at Morgan Storage in Salem that was graciously donated by the Morgan family, which holds all the donated items that are dispersed out to the needy military families on a case by case basis.

This past Christmas, HHF worked hard to supply over 100 children with Christmas gifts.  The gifts were delivered to the children at Pease Air Force Base and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

“I received an unexpected hug and quiet thank you from a soldier at the winter gala, when he approached me to say how grateful he was for the help his family received at Christmas from HHF,” said Julie Weymouth.  “And that’s why we do what we do.”

With postage paid for by the American Legion Post 63, the Homeland Heroes Foundation was recently able to ship many boxes of gifts to Afghanistan, consisting of:  pillows and blankets donated by the community, 100 pounds of candy, cards and letters written by the children from St. Joseph’s Elementary School and pillow cases handmade by women in our community to Bravo Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom who are stationed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.  A thank you letter was received from 1st Sergeant Carl Woodley …”with the support of organizations like yours; you lighten the load and brighten dark skies.”

“Not to be cliché,” said Kim McMahon co-founder of HHF, “but at Homeland Heroes we believe that it truly takes a village and we encourage you to get involved.  If you would like to make a donation please contact us.”

The Homeland Heroes Foundation is 100 percent reliant on the support of the community.  If you would like to make a cash donation or a donation of gently used or new furniture contact them at www.homelandheroesfoudnation.org or by calling (617) 910-6948.