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The Patriot Woodworkers with Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2020

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Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to giveaway for this cause. We use 100 percent of your contributions to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts.


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Our Mission 
We need your help to accumulate funds for Christmas presents for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. 


The Wounded Warrior Family

I have had the honor of communicating with Mrs. Hine and learned much about her wonderful family, her husband, the kids, and they are of course just really great folks. I could, in my own words introduce the family to you as I always do, but I thought this time I'd let Mrs. Hine's own words stand for her family, with her permission I am sharing our communications.



Just wanted to let you know a little bit about our family.  My husband is a former Marine Corps sniper/infantryman and was deployed to OEF and OIF.  He was injured in Iraq. He enjoys watching sports, fishing, hunting, and woodworking. 


I’m in law school now trying to graduate so I can supplement income. 


Our kids are amazing, resilient, military kids.  Haley (13) takes on a leadership role at her school as ASB secretary and gets straight A’s. Haley wants to be a detective when she’s older.  Hunter (8) is currently in ice hockey (as long as his scholarship lasts) and also has excellent grades.  Hunter was nominated for student spotlight early on in the year because he too takes on a leadership role at the school, helping other kids, and always listening to his teacher. :) Hunter wants to be a pilot or NHL player when he grows up.   Hudson (4) is not in school but is super athletic, helpful, and at 99th percentile for height and weight he’s the “big” baby brother! Hudson says he wants to “fight bad guys” when he grows up.  Makenzie adores hanging out with her siblings and they protect her.  

My husband would like to eventually move somewhere farther out of California.  He enjoys his solitude.   :)


We love our military family.  I plan on giving back to the veteran community in a big way when I graduate law school this December and I am licensed.  Because of the challenges we've had along the way with the VA and how many disabled veterans I've seen fall through the cracks, it inspired me to want to work with these heroes.  I'm hoping to get an internship with Veterans Legal Institute out in Orange County.  Please let your vets know that we appreciate their blessing and will pay it forward. 


I know a lot of Nick's sniper buddies from 2/7 have either died in combat, committed suicide, or are suffering silently.  People like you and your community of veterans/woodworkers help these guys know they are not forgotten.  We appreciate your service past and present! 


Thank you for all you do!

Briana Hine 


Our Christmas Family

Top Row Left to Right: Haley, Mr. Hine, Mrs. Hine, Mackenzie | Bottom Row Left to Right: Hunter and brother Hudson




The Kids :) Haley and sister Makenzie, and brothers Hunter and Hudson.


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Our Guest of Honor

2nd Image: Mr. Hine right, in country on mission. | 3rd Image: Mr. Hine center right with buddies and local boy. | 4th Image: Mr. Hine far right, Marine Corp Ball.


Mr. and Mrs. Hine, their younger years.photo 4 breeandnick.jpg


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Mr. Hine with daughter Haley.photo 5 haley and nick.jpg
Mr. Hine center in country with buddies and locals.B3D466F3-4549-4E4F-89AF-B16D371981C6.jpeg



  • Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate. Outside countries may contribute but you will not be entered into the system for receiving items due to shipping costs. If you are in an outside country, and do contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
  • All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate).
  • Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately.
  • You may contribute as much funding as you like to earn entries into our random draw.
  • Your contributions will be accepted up to January 31st 12 am Pacific Time, at which time project will close and item recipients will be chosen.
  • 4 names will be randomly drawn by Random Picker software, and items will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with the Laguna Bandsaw, then the Easy Wood Tools, then the Woodriver hand planes.


To contribute to our Adopted Family please click on "Donate" button



This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! You can donate only 2 dollars with multiple entry bargains, and your odds of receiving a sponsored item are very high given our typical turnout. To view the entry fees, and to purchase your entries please click on the Donate button above!


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In Closing

Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price.

Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback!


Thank you sponsors!

We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys!




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Dear donors, you have gotten us a quarter of the way, good going!

I need to catch up on the donor raffle verification emails, the emails will be going out tomorrow with verification of the number of entries you purchased, thank you again folks!

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On 11/8/2020 at 1:08 PM, John Morris said:

Thank you sponsors!

We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys!

I totally failed on this.   Thank you sponsors!  :Praise::Praise:

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