NEWPORT, N.C. (June 29, 2021) – Newport resident Shannon Anthony was recently recognized as volunteer of the month by Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families.
In 2019, Anthony and her family joined the Hope For The Warriors family and most recently completed the Resilient Family program. As a military spouse and caregiver, the Resilient Family program is designed to assist military families with tools to effectively manage stress — both in the short and long term, improving overall quality of life and to do so with a group of peers.
In addition to being an active member of Hope For The Warriors Caregiver Resource HUB, Anthony’s family has been a two-time recipient of the Hope For The Warriors Holiday Giving Initiative. This annual program provides financial holiday assistance to post-9/11 wounded military families or families of the fallen.
The support that she has received through the nonprofit inspired Anthony to give back to this year’s Holiday Giving Initiative. With the help of her best friend and Usborne consultant Kaylin, Anthony will be hosting an Usborne book party on June 24, where proceeds will be donated to Hope For The Warriors to buy books for military children receiving gifts during this year’s Holiday Giving Initiative. The party will also offer an option to purchase books for military children or direct donations to the Holiday Giving Initiative.
“I remember our family being in a really bad place financially while my husband was in treatments and recovering and I had no idea how I was going to make Christmas work for our family,” said the mom of four. “I had reached out to Hope For The Warriors and was told I could be supported through the Holiday Giving Initiative.
“That December, I met with a Hope For The Warriors staff member to collect the presents for our children, and when they opened the trunk to their car, I was reduced to tears. I had no idea the magnitude of support my family would receive that day from this program. I was left completely speechless, and that Christmas was truly memorable despite that year’s challenges. I knew from that moment when we were more stable, I needed to do something to give the hope I had received to others.”
Hope For The Warriors social worker Savannah Smith, explained how a main goal at the Jacksonville-founded organization is to help veterans and military families discover that through Hope For The Warriors programs, they can live the life they hoped for themselves and give back to their fellow military families.
“Shannon is an advocate for her husband and herself. She is a warm and genuine person that is an open book in sharing her story and the challenges she has navigated as a caregiver to her Marine veteran husband,” said Smith. “She is the definition of resilience and has persevered through some truly tough times. She is an inspiration to everyone around her! Her hosting this party to support her fellow military families is a true representation of the type of person she is.”
The Usborne Book Fair is currently underway and runs until July 3. To join the book fair to support the Hope For The Warriors Holiday Giving Initiative, click here.
For more information on Hope For The Warriors Holiday Giving Initiative, visit https://support.
About Hope For The Warriors:
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 36,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 155 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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