Mother Goose has met many amazing people in her long and interesting life, but none have touched my heart quite like Dawn Hedrick. I would like to share her story here with you today. You may need to keep a tissue handy…
On November 10, 2010, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal James B. Stack was on foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. From out of nowhere, an enemy sniper shot and killed the young soldier. His widow is Dawn’s daughter, Katie. His daughter is Mikayla, Dawn’s grand-daughter. James had been in Afghanistan only a month.
How does a mother or a mother-in-law cope with life after a tragedy like this? How does she get out of bed in the morning? How does she keep going?
For Dawn, the healing for her broken heart comes through giving back to the Marines who served with James in Afghanistan. She now devotes her free time and energy and money to support the men and women of our Armed Forces for their sacrifice to our country.
This amazing Gold Star Mother has organized several community food and supply drives to send to the troops overseas. She arranges for drop off locations in her town. Along with her husband and family and friends, they pack the boxes and ship them to Marines and Army soldiers stationed around the world and serving in harm’s way.
Hundreds of boxes.
She sends them donated food, socks, hygiene products, Halloween candy, magazines, and snacks as well as letters and pictures from the homefront. Dawn will pack and send anything that might bring a little comfort to the brave men and women who are serving and protecting our freedoms.
She even sent a Christmas card with an Olive Garden gift card to the sailor sons of this goose!
Whenever I see Dawn or talk to her, I thank her for her amazing service to our nation’s heroes. “Oh no,” she says with a smile. “I owe them.”
Dawn, we all salute you today. God bless you and your family with His great love and care and protection.