We all realize that this year's 4th of July celebration will look a lot different from what we've all grown used to over the years.
Normally, we'd be looking forward to celebrating this special day surrounded by family and our closest friends - BBQing by the pool, spending the weekend at the lake, or anticipating the beautiful fireworks show held at our favorite park.
While it's easy to dwell on all that's changed, it's important to remember that this holiday is made up of so much more than the food, the party, and the pretty lights.
The 4th of July holiday stands for honor, sacrifice, and coming together as a country. So even though our celebratory traditions may be very different than previous years, there is still plenty to be proud of, grateful for, and to celebrate.
Walking Cradles is proud to introduce our neighbors: H.E.R.O.E.S Care, a phenomenal program that centers all its resources on providing support for members of all branches of the military and their families in the communities where they reside.
Located right down the street from the Walking Cradles offices, we have joined forces with H.E.R.O.E.S. Care to provide much needed help in sorting and de-tagging apparel items that will be distributed to military families.
“Walking Cradles is very happy and willing to support H.E.R.O.E.S. Care by having workers volunteer their time during paid company time. In addition, many of our employees are also donating their personal time to help sort and de-tag all the items that have been generously donated by apparel brands. I am very proud that 100% of our employees have volunteered their time, myself included.”
-Walking Cradles President, Mark Lemp, Jr.
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care's devotion is unwavering, extending services within a multitude of areas both before and during deployment, as well as after. These individuals work tirelessly to ensure these military families are taken care of and provided for, no matter what the circumstance.
Among the disturbing developments that have recently occurred, two stand out as areas of grave concern: the alarming increase in the number of suicides among members of the military, and the effects of PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, on a growing number of military families. Many of these families suffer due to the lack of a responsive support structure that can recognize and intervene to assist in crisis situations. Experts agree that a comprehensive, local system of support is needed. Not only was the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care model designed to meet this need, but to detect and provide mechanisms for action before problems escalate to a crisis level.
This program and these people embody what it means to be loyal and compassionate. As neighbors, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care are our friends. As providers of assistance and support to military and their families everywhere, they are heroes themselves.
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is always in need of volunteers willing to make a difference. If you live in the Saint Louis area, give them a call (636) 600-0096 to learn how you can donate your time and support!
If you'd like to show your support in other ways, click here to donate. Right now, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care could really use monetary donations to provide support. Your donation is completely tax-deductible.
No matter what this year may bring, let's come together in honor of those who have and continue to put their lives on the line in order to protect ours every single day- allowing us to be free and celebrate, even if it's not how we normally would.
We can help move forward by being there for one another, and igniting good within our country. Helping those who work to keep our country safe - as their chosen path in life - is one way, this 4th of July, that we can show our gratitude.
Our team at Walking Cradles, and our friends at H.E.R.O.E.S Care wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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