2014’s Operation Holiday Heroes is successful

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
The current residents of Tripler Army Medical Center's (TAMC) Fisher House, along with Dream of a Better World's Hannah and Jack Button and Kim Uehisa, are all smiles during "Operation Holiday Heroes" on Dec. 7, 2014, at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

The current residents of Tripler Army Medical Center’s (TAMC) Fisher House, along with Dream of a Better World’s Hannah and Jack Button and Kim Uehisa, are all smiles during “Operation Holiday Heroes” on Dec. 7, 2014, at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

Spc. Paxton Busch
Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Volunteers teamed up to help spread holiday cheer to 19 Tripler Army Medical Center Fisher House families on Dec. 7, 2014.

Hannah and Jackson Button, a brother and sister attending Island Pacific Academy (PA), have spearheaded “Operation Holiday Heroes,” collecting donations, games and other gifts to recognize the special sacrifices that military families make for the country.

Hannah Button, founder of "Operation Holiday Heroes," sits with the gifts and donations she handed out at Tripler Army Medical Center's (TAMC) Fisher House on Dec. 7, 2014, at TAMC. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

Hannah Button, founder of “Operation Holiday Heroes,” sits with the gifts and donations she handed out at Tripler Army Medical Center’s (TAMC) Fisher
House on Dec. 7, 2014, at TAMC. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

The siblings began their own nonprofit, “Dream of a Better World,” after their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

From there, Buttons started “Operation Holiday Heroes” two and a half years ago after Hannah witnessed a classmates experience the emotional event of having a father returning from a year of deployment to Afghanistan.

“At Fisher House, they know that ‘family’ is good medicine! They make it possible for our sick and injured military families to be together during times of need, just like we experienced when our mom had cancer,” stated Hannah when asked why Fisher House was chosen for the project.

“It’s really a special honor to help our military families. They have sacrificed so much in ways that I will never be able to understand. It was really rewarding being there and getting to see the smiles on their faces,” stated Jackson.

This year the Button siblings were able to deliver over 100 wrapped Christmas gifts and goodies to the residents of Fisher House.

Since 2011 they have earned, collected and donated over $15,000 worth of gifts and support to the Fisher House.

Founders of Dream of a Better World — Hannah Button (far left), Kim Uehisa (left), and Jack Button (second to right) — deliver gifts to Anita Clingerman (far right), manager at Tripler Army Medical Center's (TAMC) Fisher House for Operation Holiday Heroes held on Dec. 7, 2014 at TAMC. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

Founders of Dream of a Better World — Hannah Button (far left), Kim Uehisa
(left), and Jack Button (second to right) — deliver gifts to Anita
Clingerman (far right), manager at Tripler Army Medical Center’s (TAMC)
Fisher House for Operation Holiday Heroes held on Dec. 7, 2014 at TAMC. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

“It’s especially difficult that most of our residents are far away from family and home during the holidays. Hannah, Jackson and the Dream of a Better World kids really lift our spirits, just when we need it the most. And, they are another great reminder that people still care about our military families,” stated Anita Clingerman, manager of Tripler Fisher House.

“Dream of a Better World” has raised over $200,000 to help kids and families locally and around the world.

To find out more information about the Button siblings work, visit DreamofaBetterWorld.org or visit their blog at http://www.OurTumNow.blogspot.com.

Fisher Houses serves over 20,000 families per year across the country.

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