Saint Helena, California (PRWEB) July 21, 2014
The Hellenic American Family Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving families in need, today announced it will lead a 31 day fundraising campaign on behalf of a veteran California firefighter and his family who lost their home in Calistoga, California on Christmas Day, 2011.
Now entering his 27th year of service with Santa Rosa Fire Department, this dedicated first responder has been actively attempting to rebuild his family's home in the aftermath of the tragedy that took place nearly three years ago. Despite having homeowner's insurance, unforeseeable setbacks have severely drawn out the reconstruction process and depleted the family's financial resources.
"Firefighter's are American heroes who risk their lives on a regular basis to protect people and property threatened by fires. It's high time we, as a community, help to put the tragic loss of this hero's home behind him and his family so that they may move forward and once again celebrate Christmas in the comfort of their home," said Stephanie Patsalis, HAFF Board President.
Firefighters are first responders to any crisis in a community. Throughout the United States, the daily pressures and demands of a Firefighter's job include extreme physical exertion and witnessing human lives in crisis. This particular firefighter's situation has resulted in double duty work between the station and home where he regularly spends his off-work hours toiling to rebuild the family's house with the help and support of his wife and three sons.
"After such a traumatic loss, it just doesn't seem right for someone who gives so much of themselves to their community to be left picking up the pieces caused by the very type of tragedy that he has dedicated his career to preventing. How we care for our heroes says a lot about who we are as Americans," said Patsalis. "I know there is a miracle just waiting to be born for this family. I believe we will meet or exceed our fundraising goal by August 31st."
HAFF's goal is to raise $150,000 in 31 days - from August 1st to 31st, to complete reconstruction of the home before the fire's three year anniversary, December 25th, 2014.
Tax-deductible donations in any amount may be made online via PayPal or by mail, payable to:
Hellenic American Family Foundation
15922 Burt Street
Omaha, NE 68118
Employer or Corporate Matching Donation Events are welcome and encouraged. Contact HAFF for more details.
About The Hellenic American Family Foundation
The Hellenic American Family Foundation is a registered non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, with a program office in St. Helena, California. The Hellenic American Family Foundation takes a multidisciplinary approach aimed at fostering awareness among the general public about benefits of Mediterranean foods, nutrition and health; promoting wellness to advance Hellenic American culture; and developing practical programs in support of Hellenic American families throughout the United States. As a non-profit, HAFF helps bridge the financial gap for those in desperate need due to unforeseen circumstances due to loss of job, medical expenses with illness, death of spouse to help the family and other special circumstances. HAFF believes middle class families keep America strong.