Operation Holiday Heroes provides gifts at Fisher House, Monday

| December 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Hannah Button putting the final touches on gifts for “Operation Holiday Heroes.” (Courtesy photo)

Hannah Button putting the final touches on gifts for “Operation Holiday Heroes.” (Courtesy photo)

Operation Holiday Heroes
News Release

This Monday, Dec. 14th at 4 p.m., Hannah and Jackson Button (ages 15 and 17), and their helpers, will be making Christmas brighter for 19 families of sick, injured or wounded Soldiers and veterans.

For the fourth year in a row, these pint-sized Santa’s helpers will be delivering a caravan of over 120 wrapped Christmas gifts and goodies to the residents of Fisher House Hawaii, at Tripler Army Medical Center.

Hannah and Jackson, students at Island Pacific Academy (IPA) in Kapolei, have spearheaded what they like to call “Operation Holiday Heroes,” collecting donations, games and other gifts to recognize the special sacrifices that our military families make for our country.

They have earned, collected and donated over $18,500 worth of gifts and support to Fisher House since 2011.

Hannah and her siblings are no strangers to lending a helping hand, having started a nonprofit eight years ago, after their mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“We learned what it was like to really need help, and help came from everywhere,” says Hannah.

Since then, their nonprofit, “Dream of a Better World,” has raised over $275,000 to help kids and families locally and around the world.

The Button kids hope to make the world better for others. (Courtesy logo)

The Button kids hope to make the world better for others. (Courtesy logo)

One of their favorites over the last four years has been bringing holiday cheer to the sick and injured residents of Tripler’s Fisher House.

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

Four and a half years ago, Hannah experienced for the first time an emotional scene that plays out regularly with our military families. She was at school sitting with her classmate, Riley. A Soldier quietly entered the classroom and tapped her gently on the back. As Riley turned around, she screamed with excitement to see her dad home from a year of deployment in Afghanistan.

Tears rolled down Riley’s face, and soon Hannah found herself in a puddle of tears as well.

“I am so lucky to have friends like Riley, whose families are willing to sacrifice in so many ways to keep our country safe,” Hannah explained to her own family, after getting home that day.

That moment inspired Operation Holiday Heroes. In the last four and a half years, the Button kids and Dream of a Better World have collected, wrapped and delivered gifts to the nation’s military families for Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July and Christmas. Hannah also has worked tirelessly this past year as she and Dream of a Better World were volunteers and sponsors for this year’s “Heroes & Remembrance Run” across Ford Island Bridge.

Hannah and Jackson, along with their older sister, Carly, have written a cookbook to raise money in support of tTroops. The book is called “Special Delivery,” available at Amazon.com, and through www.DreamOfaBetterWorld.org. All proceeds of their “Support Our Troops Edition” go to Operation Holiday Heroes. Find out more attheir blog http://www.OurTurnNow.blogspot.com.

• The Fisher House

Fisher House Hawaii is one of 58 locations worldwide supporting America’s military in their time of need. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 17,000 families, and have made available over four million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.

Fisher Houses are funded by public donations and operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs on behalf of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

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