[October 5, 2021] Yesterday, I spoke with radio talk-show host Joe Griffies about this young girl, Miss Sawyer, 14 years old. When her U.S. Marine brother was in Afghanistan, she sent him and a few of his buddies each Christmas stockings. The response was so overwhelming; she turned the idea into something big. Maybe you would say she is a hero to some.
Her name is Sawyer Hendrickson, and she is from Ludington, Michigan and is the founder of “Miss Sawyer’s Kids With a Cause,” a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to “making a difference in the lives of our veterans and active-duty military, one smile at a time.”1
Miss Sawyer’s mission is … she says the mission is simple:
Remember, Understand, and Never Forget that Our Freedom Isn’t Free!
Her accolades are legendary. Remember, she is only 14 years old. She is the youngest person in history to earn a Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award (at age 7), a Lifetime Volunteer Service Award for 4000+ hours volunteered (at age 11), and many more. She has been recognized by three sitting Presidents, the U.S. military, and many veteran organizations.
In 2018, she shipped over 5,000 stockings for our troops and attended over 100 veteran-based events all over the United States. She also visits VA hospitals, military bases, armed forces retirement homes, and cemeteries honoring those lost. She gives speeches and presentations nationwide. Well, I could go on, but my point is made. Miss Sawyer gets things done.
Visit her website (link here) to learn more about her projects, awards, testimonials, see pictures and videos, and, importantly, see what she is doing.
For what she has done to help our troops and veterans, she deserves all the praise. She is, indeed, a hero to many for her selfless work on behalf of those who are in harm’s way.
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