WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local non-profit is making sure the men and women who serve and have served in any capacity get the help they need to stay healthy in mind and body. WWAY’s Daniel Seamans introduces you to our Extraordinary Person of the Week.
“We’re going to take this invitation and print out 1200 of them,” Brenda Swartz said as the team put the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving Day invitations.
“I’ll head out and go to all the police departments, fire departments, EMTs, 911 centers,” Lyndsay Benson said as she gets ready to hit the streets.
They are about to invite the community to their November 23 event.
“We served our firefighters, our law enforcement, their familes, the sheriff departments, veterans, their families, military guys and their families,” Brenda said of last years successful dinner. “It was a great time to come together and honor them and so each year we do that at Thanksgiving.”
It’s just one of many missions of Warrior Family Ministries in Wilmington. Brenda Swartz co-founded it with her husband. “When Jay was active duty in the Army, we’d be stationed wherever and live in these little bitty places the Army gave us to live in and we’d open our doors and feed the single soldiers and their families that didn’t have a chance to go home and (it was) always a humbling comradery” she said.
Now the open doors are bigger and offering counseling, food, schooling and even home improvements that help those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. “It just became this need to give hope to the men and women who serve us and support to their family members,” Brenda said.
Brenda says it helps her and her husband adjust to civilian life while helping others. “Families have always been the center of everything I’ve done so to be able to again help those families and keep them together, that’s the ultimate goal.”
GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! And that makes you, Brenda Swartz, and everyone who is a part of Warrior Family Ministries, Extraordinary.
There is a fundraiser for the Thanksgiving Day event on Saturday November 4, 2017 from 10:00AM-4:00PM at the Carolina Beach Food Lion.
They are in need of food for this event including turkeys, Boston butts, ham, vegetables, potatoes, mac and cheese, Casseroles, and any side dish you can think of for Thanksgiving. They are also taking gift card donations and volunteers on Thanksgiving Day.