Help for Our Heroes

Help for Our Heroes

Since January 2008, when R.W. Past Grand Master Stephen Gardner, a Navy veteran, initiated a program whereby Pennsylvania Freemasons and others could show their support for the U.S. military, over $1 million in donations have helped service men and women and veterans, primarily from Pennsylvania.

Raised to help our troops and their families!

Donations So Far Have Provided

  • Calling cards for Pennsylvania soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and to injured soldiers in hospitals
  • Financial support for baby showers for military mothers-to-be hosted in conjunction with the March of Dimes, providing many supplies needed for a baby’s first year of life
  • Telemedicine equipment for troops’ children between Dover Air Force Base and Jefferson University Hospital
  • Support for Wreaths Across America and Moms for Marines
  • A day at Great Adventure amusement park for children of deployed soldiers
  • Christmas parties for troops’ families and for their children with special needs
  • Projects at The Veterans Group home
  • Child day care for children of deployed soldiers
  • Support for Project HERO at Horsham, which provides adaptive bikes for soldiers with injuries or disabilities
  • Mentors for Veterans Courts
  • Household repairs for military families
  • Financial assistance for military members facing costly medical bills and job loss
  • Reconstruction of a serviceman’s home after it was destroyed by fire

“Thanks to everyone involved who made this fabulous event happen. I don’t even know where to begin; my husband and I are both in the military, and my husband is currently deployed. Neither my husband nor I know many people here because we just received a Permanent Change of Station less than a year ago. All the gifts that we received lifted a huge financial and mental burden off [our] family.”

– Military Baby Shower Attendee