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December 31, 2010

Operation Happy Holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult time for anyone, but especially for our country’s Service Members and their families. Saying goodbye to a loved one at the airport is never an easy task but imagine saying goodbye, not for a week or two, but for the next 8 to 12 months or longer and not to another city but to another country on the other side of the world. Our military men and women can be called at any time of the year. They will miss Christmas’s, birthdays, anniversaries, the birth of their children, first steps, proms, weddings, and even the death of loved ones. They do all of this without a complaint.

 

Although most of us cannot imagine how this would feel or how it would affect our lives, the Fort Detrick community has found a unique way to give back to those who give so much. Operation Happy Holidays (OHH) has been supporting the Fort Detrick Army Community for 20 years. The OHH program assists area military families who are in need of a little extra help with food, clothing, and gifts during the holidays. EmpiriStat proudly has supported our nation’s troops and has participated in this program since the company’s inception.


In 2009, 97 military families for a total of 379 family members (213 children) received donations through the generosity of 54 on-post and off-post sponsors. This year in 2010, 100 families with 398 family members (238 children) were excited to benefit from the program to make their holidays a little more special. Groups or individuals who choose to sponsor a family must abide by the established program guidelines, which helps to make the OHH program fair and equitable for all. Sponsors are assigned families anonymously to ensure privacy and integrity to the program.


EmpiriStat is passionate about supporting our Service Members and their families. Two of our staff members have firsthand experience as active duty members and as the spouse’s of active duty members and others have parents who served proudly. We understand, more so than others, the heartbreak, sacrifice, and joys that comes with serving our country. Our service members give more to us than we could ever give to them in return. Through this program, EmpiriStat and all the sponsors participating in Operation Happy Holidays understand the importance of this program and the love and happiness it brings to military families.


Thank you to our nations service members and their families for all they sacrifice, and to those who give in support of their efforts, both during the holidays, and throughout the year.
 



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