Mission & Programs

Helping Hands For Freedom on the Hallmark Channel

Our Service

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

The mission of Helping Hands for Freedom is to provide support for military children and families of the fallen, wounded and deployed.

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 Scenes

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.

SPORTS/EDUCATION CAMPS

Sports Programs

Helping Hands for Freedom partners with professional athletes, college athletes, and local high school coaches who serve as instructors, as we bring military children ages 7 to 18 together to learn about sports, fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition.  Mentors, educators, and professional speakers are also on hand to help participants with unique and key issues facing our youth. Athletic drills, sporting techniques, challenging activities, and educational topics are also featured throughout each program.

Examples of sporting activities include football, soccer, yoga classes, baseball instruction, golf instruction, general exercise sessions, dance, and a host of other activities based on community volunteer participation.

Boot Camp

Our boot camp gives children an inside look into what goes into making a military service member during its annual boot camp for children. We do boot camp because children want to be like their parents, to see what they went through.

LIFE NEEDS PROGRAMS

Emergency Assistance Program

Helping Hands for Freedom provides emergency financial assistance to military families based on needs that arise from financial hardships faced when a family member is wounded or lost in the line of duty.

Recent examples include:
Helped a family out with a car payment.
Paid utility bills to keep lights on in a family’s home.
Helped a family repair their car.
Paid for back to school expenses.
Helped a family move out of their car and into a home.
Helped get utilities turned back on.
Helped replace a broken furnace for a Gold Star family.
Helped get a veteran’s cell phone turned back on so he could contact his family, and paid his car insurance so he could legally drive to and from school.
Made a car payment for a wounded warrior.

LIFE ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

Connecting children and families in the community

Helping Hands for Freedom brings 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 in the line of duty.

Recent examples include:
Picnics for the families of fallen warriors
History & science museum visits
Water & theme parks
Holiday Angel Party
Arcade Day
Bowling outings
Aquarium visits
MLB baseball games
NFL football games
Arena football games
Spring Training baseball games
Minor league sporting events
And other family oriented destinations…

DREAM CHASER PROGRAM

Fulfilling the dreams of children

Helping Hands for Freedom helps fulfill the dreams of military families suffering because of loss due to war.  When a parent leaves for active service, they often hug their children goodbye and tell them, “Be good while I’m gone, and when I get back, we will…”  When a parent doesn’t return, or they return too scarred or broken to fulfill their promise, their children often wonder what they did wrong.  Sometimes young children believe it is their fault when a parent is injured or killed.  Our Dream Chaser program steps in to make good on these promises and create experiences that strengthen families through creating lifelong, positive memories.

Recent examples include:
Gave a home to a wounded warrior from Ft. Wayne, Indiana live on stage at the Darius Rucker concert
An evening as a sportscaster at the Colorado Rockies baseball game
Tickets to an Indianapolis Colts football game
Tickets to the Taylor Swift concert
Dribbled the basketball out o the court at the Final Four with the Admiral, David Robinson
Fulfilled a promise to a soldier’s kid to meet the Oklahoma City basketball team.
Took a girl to meet John Stamos.
Fulfilled the bucket list for 38 soldiers to go to a Notre Dame game.
Fulfilled the promise of a family of a soldier who was killed in action to go a University of Arizona football game.

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