Holidays & Heroes primary purpose is to provide holiday assistance for military families in need.
Holidays & Heroes is a local effort of community volunteers that provide holiday assistance to military families. Our mission is to show these families they are not alone, and that people in the community truly care about them. This is accomplished though sponsorship of military families by local citizens who provide gifts for the families and a unique Christmas experience for them. Not all of us have served in the military, but we found a way to serve those who serve in the military.
Five years ago, an idea came to the minds of two individuals that would change the lives of military families in the local north Texas area. Bob Ortegel and his wife Kerre Randel Ortegel, who live close to Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, would often see men and women in uniform throughout their community and thought it might be nice to do something for them during the holidays. They presented the idea of sponsoring military families to members of their neighborhood as well as to the Navy command master chief stationed here in 2015… and the first Military Family Christmas [now known as Holidays and Heroes] was born.
“These [military] families endure plenty of stress during the holidays,” Kerre Randel Ortegel said. “We found a way to show them they are not alone and there are a lot of people that truly care about their wellbeing.”