By Debbie Gregory
When Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, recently heard on the news that Our Military Kids had to cut its grants to military children due to lack of funding, he knew he had to help.
And help he did! Fisher House Foundation presented Our Military Kids with a check for $250,000, and challenged Americans across the country to step up and help, too.
Our Military Kids’ supports the children of National Guard and Reserve service members, as well as children of active, wounded and fallen warriors, by paying fees associated with athletic, fine arts and tutoring programs.
Gabby Douglas, the Gold Medal Olympic gymnast was a past grant recipient.
Since April 2005, the organization has delivered more than 54,000 grants totaling $22 million.
Unfortunately, in 2014, all of Our Military Kids’ federal funding was cut. That left the non-profit reliant upon private funds.
“Our Military Kids does incredible work to support military families when they need it most,” said Fisher. “We feel that supporting them is a natural extension of our mission at Fisher House, and believe that we have to work together to wrap our arms around military families – especially young people – in times of need. We both understand that not only the service member serves, but the entire family sacrifices.”
“We’re so grateful to Fisher House,” said Linda Davidson, executive director of Our Military Kids. “Not only does their donation come at a time when our funds are not keeping pace with the need, but their generous act signals a door opening to better collaboration among military support organizations.”
“Taking care of our military, veterans and their families is everyone’s responsibility,” said Fisher. “I challenge Americans everywhere to reach into your hearts and pockets and help Our Military Kids sustain the wonderful support they have given military children since 2004—these children deserve this and so much more.”