Holidays for Heroes
… God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has wrought desolations in the earth.  He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, he burns the chariots with fire! “Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46

Every Christmas and Valentine’s Day the Military Moms Prayer Group ships gift packages to the troops to let them know that they are not forgotten. The gift drives – now known as Holidays for Heroes – have generated an avalanche of community support, with donations of food and gift items from throughout Vero Beach.  Local elementary school children have contributed hundreds of handmade cards. Since 2006, more than 12,500 packages have reached the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for the holidays, thanks to this community-wide outreach.


There are three simple ways you can help:


To make your job easy, the Military Moms Prayer Group has created a special Holidays for Heroes mailing kit. Each kit contains a list of recommended items to send to the troops; a flat-rate box with customs forms pre-addressed to an individual serviceman or woman in a war zone or at sea; and an instruction sheet. The cost at the Post Office for mailing the box to an APO or FPO address is $15.90.

Pick up a Holidays for Heroes mailing kit at any of these locations and mail by November 30:

  • Barker Electric Air Conditioning & Heating, 1936 Commerce Ave., VB
  • Christ Church Vero Beach, 925 14th Lane (behind Outback and beside Vero Bowl)
  • Christi's Family Fitness, 1250 Old Dixie Highway, VB
  • Cultural Council of Indian River County, 2041 14th Avenue, VB
  • Eye Clinic of Vero & Optical Boutique, 634 21st St. (Miracle Mile Plaza), VB
  • I’ll Never Tell, 3351 Ocean Drive, VB
  • Nail Art, 1275 US Hwy 1, VB (Behind Carrabbas)
  • National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, 3300 N. Hwy. A1A, Ft. Pierce
  • Pak Mail, 505 Beachland Blvd, VB
  • Postal Connections, 1275 U.S. Hwy. 1, #2, VB (Behind Carrabbas)
  • Dr. James Presley, 1000 37th Place, Suite 105, VB
  • Indian River County Clerk of the Circuit Court, 2000 16th Avenue, VB
  • Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1216 21st Street, VB
  • Victory Center, the Veteran’s Council’s storefront at the Indian River Mall (near Macy’s), VB

    Go shopping and pick up some food and gift items from the “Idea List” (Click here). The Military Moms Prayer Group will mail these for you. Drop off the items at the following locations by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving:

  • Barker Electric Air Conditioning & Heating, 1936 Commerce Ave., VB
  • Postal Connections, 1275 U.S. Hwy. 1, #2, VB (Behind Carrabbas)
  • Workin Man Cycles, 875 South King’s Highway, Ft. Pierce
  • Victory Center, the Veteran’s Council’s storefront at the Indian River Mall (near Macy’s), VB


    All three items may be purchased at I’ll Never Tell, a jewelry store at 3351 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach (772-231-1148) or Victory Center Military store at the Indian River Mall in the Macy's concourse (772-226-5316).

    The heart-shaped pin encrusted with red-white-and-blue crystals sells for $12. The Holiday ball is $25. The "American Eagle tie-tac/lapel pin" is $8

         All proceeds benefit the Military Moms Prayer Group. Questions about Holidays for Heroes? Call: 772-538-4422.


    The Military Moms Prayer Group meets from 5-6 p.m. Thursdays at Christ Church Vero Beach, 925 14th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 (behind Outback Steakhouse and beside Vero Bowl). The group includes those with relatives in the military and “cheerleaders” who simply have a mom’s heart for the troops. New members are always welcome.

    Interested in joining the Military Moms Prayer Group? Call 772-231-2221

    The Military Moms Prayer Group is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation registered as a charity in the State of Florida. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.


    The Top Ten Treats Our Troops Want Most

    Powdered drink mixes (lemonade, Gatorade, Tang, hot chocolate)
    Nuts (mixed nuts, peanuts, trail mix, microwave popcorn)
    Peanut butter (in individual packets)
    Dried fruit/raisins
    Wet wipes or baby wipes
    Protein bars and granola bars
    Meat products (Beef jerky/Slim Jims; canned or foil-wrapped tuna, chicken, corned beef)
    Rahmen noodles
    Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards
    Socks (white)

    84th Engineering Battalion, 643rd Engineering Company WOLFPACK in Iraq

    Biblical Blessings: Holidays for Heroes 2014

    Every box shipped to the troops directly from the Military Moms Prayer Group in time for Christmas and Chanukah this year will contain not only donated goodies and cards handmade by local children, but also a copy of Psalm 91, the “Soldiers Prayer,” printed by an anonymous donor. The American Bible Society contributed military Bibles and copies of the booklet, “Refuge and Strengthr,” endorsed by the Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish chaplains of the Armed Forces. Click here to find out about the American Bible Society’s Military Ministry

    Holidays for Heroes
    Linda Colontrelle founded the holiday gift drive in December 2006, while her son, Danny, a graduate of West Point, was serving his second tour in Iraq.

    Prayer group member Gail Reams carried on the holiday tradition in 2007, reaching out to sailors, soldiers, and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her son, Scott, served two tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps.
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