Gratitude and warm smiles greeted the “Big Warriors for Little Warriors” holiday drive supporters as they gathered today for a small luncheon at Vanguard University’s Veterans Center.
For the past month and continuing until Dec. 20, the Vanguard Veterans Club has been receiving and will continue to receive gift cards, Legos, toys and monetary donations to help benefit the MaxLove Project and the Walter Reed Military Hospital. The contributions provide toys for military families and child cancer patients.
This year, the veterans club asked 42 children diagnosed with cancer at Walter Reed Military Hospital what they would like for Christmas. Legos was their answer. As of today, the drive has raised about $2200 and approximately 60 Lego gifts.
The holiday drive started last year when Veterans Center volunteer Adrian Michael asked MaxLove Project founder and Chief Hope Officer Audra D. Wilford for ways the veterans club could get involved with her organization. Michael knew Wilford from his time at Saddleback College; She was one of his professors.
Together, they came up with the idea for the “Big Warriors for Little Warriors” holiday drive to give the community an opportunity to bless the lives of veterans and child cancer patients. “Military families and hospital kid families share similar struggles,” Wilford said. Michael added, “Both know what it means to fight for their life and to experience the uncertainty of what each day could bring.”
Supporters from around the community and from various organizations came to the event. Some of the organizations represented were Strength and Support, the Orange County Freedom Committee and Newport Mesa Church. This event was specifically planned to thank the contributors and share with them the impact their contributions have made.
To learn more about Vanguard’s Veterans Center, click here.