Children of the Fallen™ to Find Hope and Healing through Horses
The Army’s Army teams up with Sam’s Club and Hope Reins to host day of horseplay for children of fallen heroes
Fayetteville, NC – September 10, 2013 – The Army’s Army, in conjunction with Sam’s Club of Fayetteville, will host Children of the Fallen™ for a day of ranch activities and a special memorial flower planting in honor of their fallen military heroes. The event will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday, September 14 at Hope Reins of Raleigh, located at 8974 Old Creedmoor Road.
Hope Reins is a non-profit ranch that connects children who have experienced trauma with rescued horses to find comfort, hope and healing. Its mission is a perfect match for Children of the Fallen, whose members have lost a parent or guardian in war. A variety of activities are planned for the upcoming event, including a ranch tour, horse grooming, t-shirt tie-dying, games, and the chance to hear stories of rescue and hope about individual horses. In addition, each family will be given a flower seed to plant as part of a special memorial observance.
“This event is dedicated to the brave children who live in the shadow of uncertainty while their parents protect our country,” says Kim Tschirret, Founder and President of Hope Reins of Raleigh. “Some of these kids have a parent that has been injured or killed in the line of duty. Our rescued horses have suffered similar traumas and heartbreak – and it’s this commonality that triggers an instant and powerful bond between the horse and child.”
Children of the Fallen was established by the Army’s Army as a mentoring program to help children who have lost a parent or guardian in the armed forces. Through this program, and the continued support from partners and members, they are able to host fun, interactive events for surviving families, as well as pair children with supportive mentors. A new partnership with Sam’s Club of Fayetteville begins with this event and will continue through four more events in the coming year.
“Sam’s Club is proud to support The Army’s Army through the Children of the Fallen events” said Mike Zalampas, Club Manager of the Fayetteville Sam’s Club. “Giving back to the communities we serve is a priority to our clubs and our associates.”
“The kids who are a part Children of the Fallen are uniquely important to our society, and The Army’s Army strives to help them accept their loss and find healing and support in the community around them,” commented Janine West, Executive Director of the Army’s Army. “We are especially excited to be partnering with Sam’s Club on this and future events which will contribute to the mission of healing.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Army’s Army to help support initiatives like the Children of the Fallen Mentoring Program, please contact Janine West at (910)709-9671 or [email protected]
About The Army’s Army:
The Army’s Army is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization made up of citizens and businesses who have pledged their support to those in the military. We do everything we can to make soldiers, veterans and their families feel welcome, appreciated and safe. The Army’s Army is dedicated to “watching over those who watch over us©.” For additional information, please visit www.armysarmy.comor www.brieffromthefront.com