Regardless of partisan or political views, we aim to increase awareness and funds to address the needs of our military children and families who sacrifice daily for our freedom.
Our Mission & Cause
The mission of Helping Hands for Freedom is to provide support of military children of the fallen, wounded and deployed.
The Forgotten Heroes
The word military calls to mind men and women in uniform, those who are today serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not hard to imagine the sacrifices that these men and women make. But the images that are too often forgotten are those of wives, husbands, children who stay behind. Their commitment to our country lies in the sacrifices they have to make while supporting the family member who serves.
Over 2 million children have a parent who is in the military. Over 48,000 have a parent that has been wounded or killed during the current conflict. The period before and during deployment can be quite stressful for a young child. The fear of a parent being injured or even killed can be an ongoing worry. Other difficulties include separation anxiety and the adjustments that must be made when only one parent is home such as additional responsibilities with household chores or helping to care for siblings. When parents return from deployment, they are not always the same. Major injuries, such as the loss of a limb, Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are life-altering and children often have a hard time understanding the reason for a significant change in the appearance, personality or behavior of a parent.
MILITARY CHILDREN “THE STORY BEHIND THE SCENE”
The children of our wounded service members, and those who lose a parent to war, suffer not only from the devastating loss of a parent and a life-changing home environment, but also from the absence of a significant contributor to their growth, development, and education. Children whose parents serve multiple deployments also face considerable change. To these children facing such significant issues, caring mentors and proven leadership provide the vital support, encouragement, and inspiration to help them reach their goals in life. We work to address the gaps in the military and government’s support for the immediate needs facing our service members, the wounded, their families and the families of the fatally wounded.
Helping Hands for Freedom Four Signature Programs
- Life Enrichment
- Life Needs
- Sports & Education Camps
- Dream Chaser
Life Enrichment Programs – Connecting children and families in the community
Summary – HHFF brings the children and families together to help them deal with issues only understood by the families of military service members who have a loved one lost or wounded serving their country. Examples of activities include: Picnics for the Families of Fallen Warriors, History & Science Museum Visits, Water & Fun Theme Parks, Holiday Angel Holiday Party, Arcade Day, Bowling Outings, Aquarium Visits, MLB Baseball Game, NFL Football Games, Arena Football Games, Spring Training Baseball games, Minor League Sporting Events, and other family oriented destinations.
Sports & Education Camps – Partnering with Pro Athletes
Summary – HHFF will partner with professional athletes, college athletes and local high school coaches to serve as instructors to bring military children, ages 7 to 18, together to learn about sports, fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition. Mentors, educators and professional speakers will also be on hand to help participants with unique and key issues facing our youth. Athletic Drills, sporting techniques, challenging activities and educational topics will also be featured throughout each program. Examples of sporting activities will include football, soccer, yoga classes, baseball instruction, golf instruction, general exercise sessions, dance, and a host of other activities based on community volunteer participation.
Life Assistance – Emergency Needs & Activities
Summary – Provide emergency financial assistance to military families based on needs that arise from financial hardships faced when a family member is wounded or lost serving their country. Examples include: academic assistance – tutor based fees, sports entry fees – individual and team, home repair and mortgage and rent support, day care fees, art classes, music lessons and educational based program fees, camp program entry fees (i.e. football camp, space and science camp, etc.), after-school programs and mentorship program fees, counseling services not covered by insurance, additional financial aid to be provided on a case per case basis
Dream Chaser Program – Fulfilling the dreams of children
Summary – Helping Hands for Freedom will focus on fulfilling the dreams of military families suffering loss because of war. HHFF will be making good on the promise, “When I get back we will…. “. Examples include: Disneyland trips, baseball games, concerts, family trips, etc. The program will help fulfill a dream or share an experience that will enrich the child’s life and create a lifelong positive memory.