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Crane Fund for Widows and Children Bless our families BIG

Our friends at Crane Aerospace and Electronics just partnered to ensure #CareContinues for our military families, donating $7500 as a Back to Better Buddy Sponsorship for 2020.  These kind hearts recognize the impact families make on hope and healing, and were so moved by Bobby Dove’s story at last year’s Helping Heroes Gala, they were committed to this year in a bigger way.

We love when one ripple causes another ripple, and so on.

A Walk Down Memory Lane – Groundbreaking 2008

As we near the 10th anniversary of our Fisher House’s opening in September, a wave of nostalgia swept over me.  With all the many blessings that have been poured into and over our military families, the great honor that we have to care for them overtakes my emotions.  Dave Coker, said it best, we don’t have a goal, we have a duty.  Interesting that in this short clip, featuring all the dignitaries that helped make our house a reality, it’s foretelling that I am in the audience as a witness to the day’s events.  An event that would become so impactful to our military community and to my family personally.  My spouse, Tony Hughes served as the first President, Trec Chedister was on the founding board and remains with us today, Dave Coker still leads the national foundation, Shirley Pigott was with us then, and continues and here we all are together, a part of something way bigger than each of us individually.

Here is the clip….

#Thankful Thursday as #carecontinues – Meet Lois

It’s Thankful Thursday ya’ll as we near our 10th birthday celebration with #carecontinues. Meet Lois, I am thankful for her and the love she stitched into this baby quilt for a Hurlburt family. Lois is a veteran and joins Virginia in our sewing circle. #loveisgoodmedicine

#Thankful Thursday – What is your super power?

On this Thankful Thursday, we are thankful for the many volunteers who show up and sign up, gifting their talents and time to bless military families. Here’s Virginia, a regular volunteer for Fisher House, pictured with Shirley Pigott, our past president and current board member, followed by a photo of the quilt for Baby Atticus…..who came a little early but is now home and doing great. Virginia, a veteran herself is a volunteer on superdrive, donating to a bazillion places, spreading the love. #loveisgoodmedicine

Gulf Power goes GOLD with #CareContinues 2020

Bernard Johnson, Regional Manager with Gulf Power shared the good news on Wednesday, August 12th that Gulf Power Company would be returning as a GOLD sponsor of the #CareContinues2020 campaign.   This 90-day FUNraising non-event, held Anywhere USA, kicks off September 11th, the 10th anniversary of our home’s dedication and runs through December 11.  The birthday celebration takes the place of the 13th annual Helping Heroes Gala, on hiatus for 2020.

#CareContinues reminds the generous community that with the pandemic, the mission has expanded to ensure families remain together outside the Fisher House if necessary, due to limited access to our house as a result of base access directives. Hotel expenses are greater and can never take the place of the comfort inside the home but does lessen the financial impact, and stress associated with military families.  Here is a photo of some of the Gulf Power supporters from the 2019 sold out event at the Henderson. 

Who we serve, as #CareContinues

The motto for our Fisher House at Eglin is “keeping families together” for hope and healing.  In this story, it could be said that we were “keeping families from sleeping in vans” when their babies both came early a few years apart.  Both babies are doing well and Mom and Dad were able to have peace of mind and a place to stay.

Hear in their own words through an email we received today.

(photo is from baby 1, Asher, born 2 1/2 years ago at 26 weeks)

“Hello Mia. I’m not sure you remember me, but about 2 1/2 years ago, my wife and I had a son born at 26 weeks at sacred heart in Pensacola. My wife almost passed away during that time, and you helped us out tremendously during that time.

Just recently, on 18 July, we had another preemie. He was alot further along, and was almost 7 lbs at birth. He only had to spend about 19 days in NICU. You helped us out again this time.

I wanted to reach out and personally thank you. I will be forever indebted to you for everything you’ve done for us. “Baby 2″ was discharged last night, and we checked out at sunup and are now back in Alabama. During his NICU stay, I had to leave and come home to graduate college. Without you, my wife would’ve been sleeping in a van in the hospital, as she was determined not to leave him.

Again, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us. You truly are a guardian angel!!!!”

#Thankful Thursdays as #CareContinues kicks off for 10th Birthday

As we near our Eglin Fisher House’s 10th birthday on September 11, we are celebrating #carecontinues. On Thursdays for the next 90 days, #thankful is our focus. We have great mission partners and last year at our 12th Annual Helping Heroes Gala, Jeremy Boeing, 96th FSS led a Git Up Challenge and taught WEAR celebrity, Laura Hussey. What a fun night supporting our military families during a medical event. We are #thankful for these fun folks who have big hearts for serving others.

Watch Jeremy’s video showcasing his team. 

#Thankful for Alanah Gardner as #CareContinues

Our Fisher House on Eglin is turning 10 on September 11. On Thursdays for the next 90 days, #thankful is our focus. Each year, we host a Helping Heroes Gala which takes a great army of talented folks to support. We are #thankful for our photographer Alanah Gardner. If you need a local photographer, she’s the best!