2020 and Beyond!
Happy New Year! WOW 2020 was an incredible year for us. YOU are amazing, thank you! We were founded on July 27th and by the end of the year, with your help, our programs had reached nearly 3500 people! Thank you. We could not have done it without the support of all of you. Here are just a few things we did from July 27th – December 31st, 2020; Boxes 4 The Brave – Every box had enough items to be shared with 2-3 others Secret Santa Stops - Reaching out and honoring our first responders, providing recognition and a meal, as well as snacks and beverages Warm Clothing Drive – We collected coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, sweatpants, thermal underwear and blankets as well as trail mix, granola bars, oatmeal, hot cocoa among other things and partnered with Mike at Homeless Veterans in America Relief Foundation to get it all delivered to our homeless Veterans GIFTS - Over 250 PTSD patients and Veterans in a local facilites received a Christmas Box STOCKINGS FOR VETERANS - We partnered with Be A Hero To A Hero to provide stockings to Veterans in local VA/Nursing homes SPONSOR A SAILOR– Provided gifts and treats for nearly 900 Sailors & Marines who had their leave cancelled due to COVID restrictions Each box, stocking, gift and care package included cards and letters of support and information about PTSD resources, Support Over Stigma and our contact information. As we look ahead to 2021, we are still facing COVID restrictions. Which is tough for us but even tougher for our military, veterans and first responders. Many service members are facing long (and sometimes multiple) quarantines, many veterans are facing isolation due to visiting restrictions and many first responders are overwhelmed by the sheer number of calls associated with COVID, loneliness, increased substance abuse and suicides. Please continue to help us, help THEM! We continue to look for opportunities to help get the word out about or organization and our mission. If you or someone you know belongs to a organization which brings in speakers, please let them know we would be happy to come and speak. UPCOMING EVENTS Valentines for Veterans - We will collect Valentines through Feb. 10th so that we can get them to our Veterans on time BOXES 4 The Brave - Military Appreciation Boxes - Late April (in time for Military Appreciation Month/May) Boxes 4 The Brave - Christmas Boxes - early November. If you are interested in sponsoring, donating, or volunteering, please email info@SupportOverStigma.org and put BOXES in the subject line. We will also be planning some in person events as soon as we can. Watch Facebook and our website, www.SupportOverStigma.org for updates. With much gratitude, Zoeie Kreiner President, Support Over Stigma If Suicide ever crosses your mind, remember that I would rather hear YOU tell me YOUR STORY, than listen to someone else tell it to me at your Funeral! Support Over Stigma is a 501(C)(3). Our ID # is 85-2200096.