Thanksgiving Dinners for Heroes
Operation Bald Eagle is a charity serving those who protect us. “Serving Heroes” is about giving back to those who give their all to us in their time of need. When we were established it was about creating programs that honor those who serve and their families.
We know that the families sacrifice a great deal when their family member is serving as a Soldier, Airmen, Sailor or Marine. That’s why we wanted to ensure that our programs counted the families as an integral part of the programs that we provide.
Can you imagine for a moment that your loved one is serving abroad in a hostile environment and isn’t able to be seated at the table during the holidays? Or to communicate via video conference only to see a blast flash behind the screen and the conference ends with no further communication. These aren’t just stories but reality for many of these families.
Not to mention missing the birth of their children, graduations, sporting events and graduations just to name a few. This is why Operation Bald Eagle was created. As I have been asked more than once as to why we do this and is it really necessary.
To be honest when we provided a fundraiser for a young Marine who had just returned from Iraq dying from brain cancer and wasn’t expected to see his next child born. Someone asked me: “Why do you do this? If a garbage man was dying would you care about that?” I restrained my response and replied: “Ma’am all life is precious. But this young man decided that instead of graduating high school and living it up. This young man decided to put on an 80 pound pack in 120 degree temperatures, go through 8 gallons of water and put himself in harms way so that you and I can enjoy the freedoms we do every day. I think that deserves a little more…don’t you Ma’am?” She agreed.
We work with local businesses to solicit donations to create as many Thanksgiving Dinners for Heroes in hopes of making their holiday a little less difficult. We are only as effective as those who get behind us to ensure that we are able to give back to these families during the holidays and throughout the year.
Visit www.operationbaldeagle.org or call our office (385) 282-5221.
Miss Pacific Islander - Whitney Matagi, Special Forces Soldier - Eric Hunter, and founder of Operation Bald Eagle - Jeff Mitchell.