This past week I was involved with two wonderful charity events that really touched my heart. Especially during this time when devastation from the storms such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma has people selflessly giving of themselves to help people in need, it was particularly heartwarming to see others who have been sacrificing themselves in other ways, and it made me think how great the need currently is, and is going to be this upcoming Holiday season.
Many people know that I am a volunteer worker with the Kansas Honor Flight. Both my wife and I work together to help the KHF raise money to send aging WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans on an all-expense paid trip to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. we have also sponsored a veteran on the trip ourselves in addition to working to help send other veterans. Kansas currently has the #1 Honor Flight organization in the United States, sending more veterans on flights than any of the 133 other chapters nationwide.
This past Friday was the “Heroes Welcome Home” ceremony for Kansas Honor Flight #51. The flights for these veterans resumed for the fall this past week. They do not run during the summer due to the extreme heat and the fact that many of the veterans need assistance when travelling. The Spring and Fall provide much better weather for making these trips. Below is the video of the live Facebook stream that I conducted for the ceremony at Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport. The love that Kansas has for their veterans is greatly shown by the huge outpouring of support at this event!
If you live in the Wichita, Kansas area and would like to volunteer to work with the KHF, or would like to make a donation, visit their website for more information by clicking here.
The Kansas Honor Flight is a 501c3 charitable, non-profit organization. None of the staff or workers are paid, and 100% of the donations go DIRECTLY to fund the trips for the veterans. You can rest assured that your donated dollars go directly to the cause!
On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of performing at the 20 year celebration of an organization known as the Oklahoma Family Network. The OFN is an organization that helps families with critically ill infants and children get through all of the extreme difficulties that come with having an infant or child who has been smitten with diseases, birth defects, and other conditions and ailments. They were celebrating 20 years of helping families and their event was wonderful.
Their founder, Dr. Edward Co, was honored for his work in helping these infants and families, and the stories of these families and children who overcame extreme illnesses and other obstacles was beyond heart-warming. I was privileged enough to even have some of those children who were saved through his work sitting in my audience that night as young adults enjoying the show!
For more information about the Oklahoma Family Network, visit their website by clicking here.
The people that work for and volunteer for this organization are remarkable, and their heart for helping families is tremendous. They were also a fun and energetic group of people to entertain!
The video below records one man’s reaction during the finale of the show. He was astonished to find that I had read his mind to know a number he was thinking and used that number in a series of calculations that had him jumping out of his chair in unbelief.
We don’t have to look far to see that there are many people in need all around us. I’m very grateful for all of the organizations full of selfless people who give of themselves to help others each day as these organizations do. And with the recent disasters in Houston, TX, and in the state of Florida and in the Gulf, those needs just increased by the millions.
I encourage my readers to support these and other similar organizations who are helping greatly to make a difference in the lives of untold numbers of people. I guarantee by doing so it will make a huge difference in your lives as well.