Today is #GivingTuesday, a single day that’s all about giving. Hope For The Warriors® is proud to take part in the day’s spirit of generosity, but what about the other 364 days of the year? This #GivingTuesday, Hope For The Warriors® recognizes the stories of our inspirational community of supporters, who creatively give HOPE to our military community every day of the year.
This is one such story.
On July 1, 2015, Air Force Veteran Michael Nehlsen, and his friend, Jeff Molesko, began a cross-country motorcycle trip called Riding For Warriors to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors®. Michael and Jeff, New York and New Jersey natives respectively, began their journey in Seattle, Washington and ended eleven days later in Union, New Jersey. The duo logged over 4,344 miles and traveled through 14 states, gathering support for military families on their way.
“As a young man, I had the privilege to serve my country. During this time, I saw and experienced intimately the sacrifices service members and their families were expected to make,” said Michael. “I continue to deeply appreciate the struggles faced by our service members and am committed to helping them achieve their goals.”
|Michael (Left) and Jeff (Right)|
Together, Michael and Jeff raised over $40,000 to support three Wishes as part of A Warrior’s Wish®, a Hope For The Warriors® program that turns the dreams of severely wounded service members, veterans and their families into reality. Riding For Warriors gave three veterans and their families the well-deserved opportunity to improve their lives and accomplish new goals.
Thanks to the generosity of friends like Michael and Jeff, the cycle of giving goes well beyond one Wish, one supporter, and one day of the year. To learn more about the impact Riding For Warriors had on one Wish recipient and his community, read our blog.
Join Hope For The Warriors® for #GivingTuesday. To highlight our ten-year anniversary in 2016, our #GivingTuesday campaign slogan this year is #Give10for10—donate $10 for 10 years of HOPE. Please share our campaign on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #Give10for10.
Gifts may be made online, by phone at 877-246-7349 or by mail to 5101C Backlick Road, Annandale, VA 22003. Text the word WARRIORS to 20222 to donate.
Thank you! Your support today will help us restore self, family, and hope to military families who need it most this holiday season and throughout the year.
P.S. Did you know you can support Hope For The Warriors® by shopping at smile.amazon.com? You can use your existing account – and there’s no cost to you. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to HOPE. Just select Hope For The Warriors® as your designated charitable organization and start shopping!