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#52tuesdays: Purple Heart Homes

Written by Addie Rising    on December 12, 2017    in
When a member of our military is injured, what are their next steps? Many times they are forced out of active duty and faced with life-changing injuries.

The founders of Purple Heart Homes, John Gallina and Dale Beatty, know first-hand what the challenges are. The two were wounded when a mine detonated through the floor of their Humvee in northern Iraq in 2004. Beatty lost both legs below the knees. Gallina suffered brain trauma.

Purple Heart Homes helps veterans like Benjamin Wardip (left) and his family with home repairs.Many injured veterans need new homes when they return. Others need improvements to their homes, especially as they age and can't do repairs themselves. But too often they get no aid.

Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us

Written by Addie Rising    on December 11, 2017    in
This month's SHARE Charlotte Spotlight Series will focus on the military.

On Monday, Dec. 18, thousands of men and women currently serving in the United States armed forces will travel through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on their way to loved ones for the holidays.  For many, enlisting in the military meant leaving their hometowns for the first time, traveling on airplanes for the first time and for all, enlisting means following a calling and digging deep to be brave when needed. It means pledging to protect the pillars of freedom our country was founded on and unfortunately it means traveling a tough road once your days of service are done.

Every day men and women enlist in branches of our country’s armed forces. They are trained, they often go to foreign lands and some see combat. 

#GivingTuesdayCLT Raises $7 Million for Charlotte Nonprofits

Written by Addie Rising    on December 5, 2017    in

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Today, local nonprofit SHARE Charlotte announced the total value of donations raised during its 4th annual #GivingTuesdayCLT giving campaign: $7 million! The event took place at Camp North End where Jamie McDonald from the national #GivingTuesday team, SHARE Founder and Executive Director Kelly Brooks and Meredith Dolhare of RunningWorks spoke of their unique perspectives on the campaign. Spoken word artist, Hannah Hasan, was also on hand to perform her “Charlotte Stronger” poem.