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I am friends with Mark Wilson on Facebook, many of you may remember that Mark was one of the very first wounded veterans we helped raise a shop, acquire the tools and machinery he needed to work the wood, and our sponsors really came to the table to outfit his shop, he is a blind woodworker, injury received by shotgun blast to his face and blinded. My friend Mark posted this on Facebook, I replied: Amen amen amen my brother Mark! Just so ya'll know, he's doing fine, really well. Still working the wood, and going on trips all over the USA and participating in Wounded Warrior Games and Competitions. Our friend Mark on the table saw at the Chicago Heinz Center for the Blind Rehabilitation clinic. I took a break from working on some issues for our community here, while plugging away at those issues, I remembered our friend Mark Wilson, and he touched many hearts here. Service animals, fully functional folks traveling with those service animals, as psychological service pets, really chaps my hide, you all know the ones I am talking about, and then there's Mark Wilson. Our friend Mark with his service dog
Final Debrief Once again I'd like to thank all those who participated and all those who sent positive thoughts and prayers to this wonderful project we held, and we will hold once again this year in 10 short months. Many of you did not win any prizes, but please keep in mind, the grand prize was helping the Bassett Family to have a wonderful memorable Christmas. So we all won in that regard! Thank you to all who participated! To view our project please visit this link Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays Project - 2018 Raffle River hosted our raffle, you can see the total contributions by you, our supporters at Raffle River Patriot Woodworker Portal Total Raffle Proceeds and Expenditures Gross $2205.00 Service fees $77.24 PayPal fees $9.05 USPS fee $36.96 Gifts $1385.87 Check to Bassett $750.00 Balance $54.12 Fees Definitions Gross - Total contributions by you, our generous contributors Service fees - Fees charged by raffle system per transaction, for example, a $50.00 raffle ticket purchase had a $1.75 service fee attached. A $5.00 raffle ticket purchase had a $0.55 service fee attached. PayPal fees - Several raffle purchases were sent to us in proxy via PayPal, these fees are charges PayPal charged those transactions. USPS fee - Shipping charges for items sent via USPS from our home. Gifts - The amount that was spent for the Bassett family. Check to Bassett - The remainder of the funds in the coffers sent to the Bassett Family. Balance - Funds Remaining We have an excess of $54.12 Gifts and Disbursements General children's gifts for Dalen and Aiden, ($1385.87) see screen shots. A check in the amount of ($750.00) sent via PayPal to Bassett Family. A payment via PayPal ($200.00) for the Bassett Christmas dinner. If anyone is very curious of the Raffle River Fees and PayPal fees, please contact me in a private message and I'll do my best to disclose the fees via personal email. Questions? If anyone has any questions at all regarding this project, and how your proceeds were used, please do not hesitate to PM me or one of our admins, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To the best of my ability I have shown a full disclosure in this topic, if you see any errors or accidental omissions please feel free to call us out here by replying to this topic. I am not perfect, so I may have missed something. Screen shots of Dalen and Aiden's gifts that you, our generous donors purchased the children. Gifts not shown below were purchased outside of Amazon such as: Online Video Game Cards ($60.00) from "Game Stop" A Walmart Gift Card ($200.00) for Christmas dinner Payment via PayPal ($750.00) for the Bassett's Prices of gifts below do not reflect shipping and taxes, nor gift wrapping fees charged by Amazon. We have Amazon Prime which allowed free shipping on most items. One particular item (Beatz Headphone) seen below is times 2, $279.95. One pair for each boy. Total $559.90 plus tax. For the above items or the below items, if you wish to see the receipts please PM me, due to sensitive information I would rather not publish them publicly. In closing We want to thank everyone again for their participation in the 2018 Christmas project, we are very proud of how our Patriot Woodworkers, guests, and sponsors came to the table, and made this all happen. Please see a few images of the kids with some of their gifts. Michelle Bassett sent us these images to be displayed in our community. If you have not yet seen the personalized gifts sent to the Bassett's please see this topic at Woodworking and Blanket for the Bassett's. Wounded Warrior Dad Bassett and his two boys Dalen and Aiden Christmas morning, some wild PJ's! Aiden sporting his Adidas sweater Dalen had "What Do You Meme?" on his list, just one, The Patriot Woodworkers got him the whole set. I have no idea what this game is, anyone? Both boys received from you all, several pairs of Levis. Dalen and Aiden both received Amazon gift cards from John and Debra Mordus. Both boys received "Beatz" headphones, they had just "headphones" on their Christmas list, but since I have no idea what's in and what's not, I had my own kids pick these out for the boys, apparently these are all the rave this year for headphones, they are supposed to cancel out all outside noise, and the sound is supposedly spectacular, for the price our Patriot Woodworker's paid for these two sets, the sound better be awesome! My kids assured me they are as awesome as the cost. Aiden sporting his new head phones! The above images are a small representation of what you all paid back to this Warrior Family. From what Mom Bassett told me, they had a wonderful Christmas. I'd like to thank you all for making this Christmas a wonderful event. Some Quotes from Mom Bassett The below quotes are from emails we had with Mrs. Bassett, we had over 60 emails together, and there is so much more with her expressing her gratitude, I could flood this page with them. I made sure that she understood, no thanks was or is ever necessary, we are simply paying back what we owe to her family. Us Americans and much of the world, we owe our freedoms because of men like James Bassett, who answered the call, and paid the price. For those of us sitting at home and enjoying our lifestyle and freedoms to move about and perform our daily routines and rituals, make no mistake, if it wasn't for the men and women of our United States Military, our lives would change in a heartbeat, without our military, we have no protection, without protection, our shores would be over-run by those who would exploit our weakness if we did not have those who serve our nation, standing post with rifle in hand, and willing to do the un-heard of. Thank you Michelle, James, and boys. Your family is still paying the price.
We are proud to have our woodworking community featured on the Woodcraft Blog. Thank you Patriot Woodworkers for making this project a great success! And thank you Woodcraft for your incredible support in all our veterans projects! The Patriot Woodworker organization is asking the public to support a fundraiser that will make the Christmas holiday brighter for a severely wounded veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and his family. Woodcraft is one of three retailers sponsoring the project. Read more...
Rob Cosman’s Purple Heart Project (PHP) in conjunction with Exotic Woods present The Wounded Warrior Hand Tool Seminar/Benefit! 100% of your workshop fees goes to the PHP to bring hand tool woodworking to wounded Vets, helping them cope.
I'm a bit behind on my emails, but this one sent out by Woodcraft on June 8th recognized "all" of us here and featured our adopted family, the Thomas Akin family. Well done gang! ( @John Morris...if this needs to be moved within the forum, please do so...thanks,dz) BTW, Woodcraft has a pretty good price this month on the Rikon 8" Slow Speed Grinder too...that was brought the article to my attention. Woodcraft email Sales Circular 06-08-17 https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodcraft-supports-patriot-woodworker-project-to-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-christmas
About a month ago, I received a phone call from a fellow wondering if I could make something special for his dad. He explained that his dad was wounded in Viet Nam and is still felling the effects. He went on to explain that his dad was only in the Army for a couple of years but spent most of that time in country. His main job was a Forward Scout". (YIKES) Anyhow, to finish up the story, his dad received four Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star and attained the rank of Sgt. With learning of a brother who was a true hero in a conflict so many years ago and so far away, I advised this young man that I would be honored to make something for him. We settled on a $40 Army thing with just a little modification. The more I got to thinking about it, I couldn't justify this small gift express the gratitude of a grateful nation. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo I just finished this hero's gift today. His son took one look and started to cry. I must admit that my eyes leaked a little bit too. After hugs, he and his wife headed out to his dad's house to present it to him. Merry CHRISTmas to all. Oh, yeh, a couple of pictures of the project.
Tim Ross is a Wounded Warrior alumni and he also works for the Wounded Warriors Project! Not long ago we were contacted by the Wounded Warriors Project and asked if we could send out a box of displays to be distributed amongst the Wounded Warrior Staff Veterans. We proudly obliged.
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