OSD Northern Florida Assists Gainesville Fisher House Families with Gifts and Christmas Decorations
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA December 21, 2017 /For immediate release/ — OSD’s Northern Florida chapter joined regional partners at the Gainesville Fisher House for multiple events during December.
The house was decorated with strings of Christmas lights, stockings, poinsettia plants, and a total of six Christmas trees. Many of the ornaments were homemade by volunteers, and represented all branches of the military. Volunteers really went above and beyond to make the families staying at the Fisher House feel comfortable.
Bringing holiday cheer this time for year is important as families are far from home, and their loved one is receiving treatment at the medical center nearby.
OSD brought 15 gift bags full of snacks, games, tea, and Starbucks coffee for the families staying at the Fisher House during the month of December including an SNES Classic that the younger family members can enjoy while staying there.
Patti Fabiani, Executive Director for Gainesville Fisher House Foundation, said, “The VA will only provide certain things at the Fisher House, and only if those things are for a veteran. Some of the most important items, like Christmas decorations, have to be purchased with money that is donated. The same applies to any holiday gifts and video games for the families staying at the Fisher House. We appreciate that OSD is able to provide the comforts needed for the families at our Fisher House.”
OSD Northern Florida Team Leader, Tatum Rhodes said, “Small comforts are important for families staying at the Fisher House. Outside of that, knowing that there are people thinking of them during times when they may feel very vulnerable or unhappy, is very significant to them. For the most part, these families have to pay for many things out of pocket since it is not covered by the VA/Fisher House, including food and entertainment. There is a significant need for these sorts of things, and we meet that need.”
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About OSD (Operation Supply Drop)
OSD is a global, chapter based, Veteran Service Organization (EIN 27-3842517) providing relevant, relatable and sustainable impact to the military community through social, professional and service-oriented programs. Since 2010, OSD has impacted over 600,000 members of the military community through these award-winning programs. Read more at: https://operationsupplydrop.org/news
About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and Veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
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