Give $20, Ask for $20 in February, 2020
...and Read Our 20 Stories of Support
REMEMBER: Your donation today will help a Marine who needs us tomorrow.

Donate $20 to the Warrior Support Team and then ask a friend to donate $20. Every donation gets us closer to our goal of $20,000 by February 29, 2020. That's about $1000 a day for 20 days. We need your help asking for donations and sharing our stories.

Scroll below to read 20 stories of support (one added each day) during our "20 Ask 20" fundraising campaign.

As of 11:15 AM CST Tuesday 2/25/2020, we have raised $5415 of our $20,000 goal.

27% Complete

If you prefer, you may mail your donation:
MarineParents.com, Inc.
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205


Read Our 20 Stories of Support
We will add one of hundreds of support stories every day during our 20/20 campaign.

Making Christmas Special for Recovering Warriors

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Story 15 of 20

December, 2019
The Warrior Support Team, an outreach program of MarineParents.com, regularly serves dinners at military hospitals on both coasts. This past Christmas, we sent Christmas stockings filled with stocking stuffers to include a portable phone charging bank.

We are dedicated to helping warriors when they have suffered a setback. If you know a service member who needs help or support, please encourage them to contact us.


WW II Marine and His Dress Blue Uniform

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Story 14 of 20

April, 2016
When Tom Henderson learned he was drafted to go fight in World War II, he was on his way to the draft board to try to convince the members to let him finish high school before shipping out when he saw a life-size cardboard "cutout" of a Marine non-commissioned officer in a crisp "dress blue" uniform in the window of the local Montgomery Ward store encouraging eligible young men to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He then decided to enlist in the Marine Corps and was shipped off to boot camp. After serving his country honorably, Henderson was sent home without ever receiving a Dress Blue uniform. When MarineParents.com heard about this, we hatched a plan, with several parties, to ensure that Tom Henderson received the uniform that he had earned.


Helping a Marine Reintegrate After a House Fire

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Story 13 of 20

Date of Event
Reintegration to civilian life for a combat veteran is tough, but when you've lost everything in a fire not even two weeks out of the Marine Corps, it is devastating. We made it our goal to raise $5,000 to help Vinney and Aubrey, and within 24 hours YOU helped us raise $4,600! The donations continued to come in and we ultimately raised $8,300!

We can't thank you enough for your generosity and willingness to be a part of the solution in helping this Marine family get back on their feet. Semper Fi!


Helping Marine Family after Joplin Tornado

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Story 12 of 20

May, 2011
On May 22, 2011, the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri, destroyed cars, flattened buildings and in some cases took nearly everything that made a family's house a home. When we heard about the Shiwidin family, we knew we had to help. By the second day of our fundraiser we were already close to our goal of $5,000. We had also received donations of furniture and household goods, and a local appliance store offered us discounts on a new refrigerator and stove for the family.

We'd like to express our sincerest thanks to those that reached out to help the Shiwdin family whether through their time, donations or prayers.


YOUR Donations Send 7 Marines to PFC Giannattasio's Funeral

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Story 11 of 20

August, 2017
PFC Michael Giannattasio died during Reconnaissance training aboard Camp Pendleton, California on August 30, 2017. His Marine brothers were still in training, so there was uncertainty as to whether they would be able to attend PFC Giannattasio's funeral in Iowa. Fortunately, schedules opened up, and with the support and donations of the Marine Parents family, we were able to send seven Marines so they could be with their brother one more time.

Thank you to those who helped us spread the word and make this happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family. It was an honor to support this family. God Bless and Semper Family!


Death Gratuities on Hold During Government Shutdown

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Story 10 of 20

October, 2013
Benefits and pay halted for Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and their families during the government shutdown in 2013. Death benefits halted with no solution from the government for our service members dying overseas in combat. MarineParents.com got a phone call from the mother of a Marine in tears that her son had died in combat and she couldn't afford the funeral expenses. The Founder and Executive Director, Tracy Della Vecchia, along with the MarineParents family stepped up immediately to help with a fundraiser. Checks for $10,000 were overnighted to two families whose loved ones had just died in combat.

Through this tragedy, changes were implemented in Washington. Click our story to read more about the outcome and how Marine families rallied together.


YOUR Donations Help Marine Families After a Natural Disaster

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Story 9 of 20

June, 2013
In 2013, after a devastating tornado ripped through Oklahoma, two Marine families were left in dire need of help. We originally set a goal to raise $10,000 and by the end the Marine Parents family donated $21,000 and a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. This was an amazing experience for all involved, and we can't thank the Marine Parents family enough for making this possible


Playground for a Wounded Marine's Son

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Story 8 of 20

2012
After being paralyzed by wounds sustained during combat operations in Afghanistan, Corporal Tyler Huffman is grateful to be alive. After a major community building project that resulted in a brand-new, accessible $500,000 smart home being built for Marine Tyler and his family with donated materials, labor and funding, Marine Parents obtained donations to fund the playground build from many sources, including Rainbow Play Systems of Chesterfield, MO.


Support for Marine Veteran Ryan in Wife's Recovery

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Story 7 of 20

January, 2019

YOU came together as extended Marine Family Members to support this Marine during the lengthy recovery his wife endured after a devastating car accident. We supported Marine Ryan by paying bills and utilities while he remained at the hospital for his wife's miraculous recovery. It would not have been possible without YOUR donations.

Be sure to click the image or story button to watch the video of Kelsey taking her first stairs again during a physical therapy session.


Your Donations Send 40 Marines to LCpl Haley's Funeral

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Story 6 of 20

August, 2017
When LCpl Cody Haley was killed in a training accident in August, 2017, his mother reached out to us and let us know that it was her wish that his Marine brothers would be there to attend his funeral in Iowa. We are committed to helping those who sacrifice so much for us, and within four days, because of YOUR donations, we raised over $40,00, enough to send 40 Marines from San Diego, California to a small town in Iowa to honor their fallen Marine brother and grant his mother's wish.


Disaster Relief to Two Families in Puerto Rico

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Story 5 of 20 (posted 2/11/2020)

August, 2017
When the series of devastating hurricanes began in the Atlantic and the Gulf in August 2017, MarineParents.com began a disaster relief fundraiser. We were able to raise $5,110 to help families who applied for assistance. With YOUR donations, we were able to help a Marine Mom watch her son graduate from boot camp, and we were able to send a generator to a school run by a Marine Family.


Gold Star Family Home Repair

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Story 4 of 20 (posted 2/10/2020)

November, 2017
MarineParents.com had the opportunity to support the Gold Star family of Lt. Shane Childers, the first KIA in Iraq. We worked with two Marines, Dave Cecil and Sean Lamb, who were with Lt. Childers when he was killed.

We held a fundraiser in November 2017 and were able to raise about $3,000. With that money, Dave and Sean were able to purchase the building materials they needed to replace drywall, replace trim around windows, seal pipes, and trim tree limbs that were hanging over the house.


Lee's Story and Baby Honi

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Story 3 of 20 (posted 2/9/2020)

May, 2014
Some stories just can't be summed up in a paragraph. The following story was written by a Combat Marine and Purple Heart recipient whose struggles to reintegrate into a civilian lifestyle were nearly insurmountable. Following the sudden death of his infant daughter, MarineParents.com helped with the funeral expenses. Our prayers and good wishes continue to go out to Lee on a daily basis. Please keep Marine Lee in your prayers.


Wounded Warriors and Super Bowl 2018 Party

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Story 2 of 20 (posted 2/8/2020)

February, 2018
MarineParents.com and the Warrior Support Team-East host a couple of dinners each month at the USO near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. On February 4, 2018, we wanted to do something more special for the recovering warriors by co-hosting a Super Bowl party along with the USO and MWR. We provided hundreds of dollars in Super Bowl memorabilia for the attendees. Our volunteers on-site also served food to patients in the behavioral health and post-surgical units of the hospital. A nurse that assisted our volunteers said she was very grateful for us being there because her patients are often forgotten due to that floor being difficult to access. We are honored we could be there and give these men and women an opportunity to feel included. The final headcount was approximately 160 people served. We are honored to serve these dinners and to have the opportunity to co-host this party for these recovering warriors was an opportunity we couldn't pass up.


94 Year-Old WWII Marine Combat Veteran

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Story 1 of 20 (posted 2/7/2020)

May, 2018
On May 7, 2018, MarineParents.com took on this extreme restoration project to support 94-year-old WWII Marine Combat Veteran, Larry Diggs. We raised over $12,000, recruited 120 volunteers from Veterans United, and hired Lanier Landscaping to get this job done in one day. The project included tearing down and rebuilding a retaining wall, which was affecting the structure of the Diggs' home, removing and trimming overgrown and dead plants, and creating a low maintenance landscape with weed barrier and rock.