A few months ago we hosted a fundraiser to be able to supply eight combat veterans with supplies for their new service dogs. Many thanks to all those that donated and supported this fundraiser! Congrats to all the graduates of This Able Veteran‘s Class of 2020.
Grateful to help Old School Kitchen (OSK) with their amazing mission. Every dollar donated creates $10 worth of meals.
OSK – “Our Mission is two-fold. Our project puts restaurant workers who were recently let go due to the COVID-19 crisis back to work. We produce mass quantities of prepared to-go meals -both frozen and refrigerated. We also offer warm options to target those that cannot heat the prepared meals.
Secondly, we are providing vital nutrition assistance to families and individuals that are identified for financial food assistance through Prince William County, the Town of Haymarket and surrounding jurisdictions. We work as Food Heroes to deliver meals AND distribute meals through pick-up at our kitchen in Haymarket, VA.
The purpose of our efforts is to help facilitate the coming together of our community and to do everything in our power to see our friends and neighbors through this crisis.”
On a warm and sunny afternoon on September 20, 2019, family, friends, teammates, and current members of the women’s soccer team gathered at George Mason Stadium to honor and remember former George Mason University soccer player and track and field team member Stephanie Hancock who tragically passed away on June 29th in a kayaking accident.
Stephanie was a beloved member of the soccer team at Mason from 1997-2001. She was a four-year starter, a co-captain, and scholar-athlete. She is remembered as a steady teammate, an amazing defender, and a beacon of light. After her years at Mason, Stephanie went on to serve 12 years with the United States Secret Service last serving with the Presidential Protective Detail.
After the women’s soccer game that day, a post-match ceremony commemorating Stephanie, along with a permanent bench in her honor was placed adjacent to the north entrance of George Mason Stadium. The plaque reads:
“In Loving Memory of
George Mason Women’s
Soccer/Track and Field
1997 – 2001”
Our founder Meg was a teammate and close friend of Stephanie. We are so honored to have sponsored the memorial bench to ensure Stephanie’s life and legacy is not forgotten. We want to thank all our supporters and donors for making this possible through their generous donations.
For the last 18 months, we have been working behind the scenes for numerous veterans and first responders providing transportation to treatment centers. We keep their anonymity because of the sensitiveness of these acts of support. Thank you for those that have supported these heroes in their times of need.
At times, people find themselves down and out during the holidays. We were able to help out a former LEO and “Make Christmas Good.”
“We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll
M.E.G. adopted a veteran and family via Operation Ward 57. We sponsored a single mother and her two kids. All presents from “Santa” are on their way. Thank you to all that donated to make this Christmas extra special for them!
A member of M.E.G. heard about a local public safety family with a need. You see, their son has Autism and is nonverbal. Recently, he has been using an iPad to help him communicate with his family and at school. Right now, the family is borrowing an iPad that has the application on it. The application alone is $400, and the iPad is another $400. Thankfully, we were able to secure an iPad from an anonymous donor and we provided the funds for the family to purchase the app for their son.
We heard of a sister in blue in need. Grateful to be able to help her and her family. – MEG
To contribute to her GoFundMe click here.
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On October 11, 2019, early Friday morning, a row of homes on Wade Street, in Jersey City, NJ , caught on fire. All of the homes were destroyed causing several people to be displaced, including Officer Valerie Carriere of the Jersey City Police Department and her family of Thirteen.
The members of the Jersey City Police Department are extremely fortunate that Officer Carriere and family escaped the fire safely, however, they are left homeless and lost of of their possessions to the devastating fire.
Officer Carriere and her family have a long road ahead as they try to rebuild and once again find normalcy in their lives. We are hoping to raise enough money to help Officer Carriere and her family start the road to recovery.
Please consider donating to her and her family. Any contribution will help!!
Jersey City Police
We learned of a local law enforcement officer who is starting cancer treatment. We sent some funds to help with expenses while at the hospital for he and his family. We are sending prayers, positive vibes, and wish him a speedy recovery.
We are so happy to support the K-9 Krawl 5K! In October of 2006, the inaugural K-9 Krawl 5K was held in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This dog walk was created to raise awareness of the link between domestic violence and pet abuse. Pets are part of the family and oftentimes abusive partners use the bond between victims and their companions to control, manipulate, and isolate them. Many victims have reported that their partners have threatened, hurt, or even harm their pets.
Please join us this Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters (12099 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA).
- Pet Costume Contest–show us what you got!
- Face Painting
- Resource Tables
- Goodies &Treats
- Dog Adoption by Fairfax County Animal Shelter
- Hot Cocoa/Coffee Bar–proceeds go to help child victims of domestic violence
FREE Raffle at the end of the walk!
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The walk will begin at 9:00 a.m.