Here’s A Story That Will Amaze And Inspire You
Each new season of Wreaths Across America brings amazing stories and even more amazing people. It is one of the best parts of working with the wreath-laying events.
This weekend as we were getting started with the events of the week, the following message was posted to our Facebook page:
Hi my name is Jack I am 10 years old and live in Ca. I am raising money to donate. The other night I worked for tips in a local restaurant and made 704$ I had 2 people match my tips so there is a donation of 2112$!! I know you are down on donations so I am also doing a 72 hour Dollar Drive asking my friends to donate just a dollar for wreaths! It has been less than 24 hours and I have collected over 600$ I will let you know my grand total on Monday but I am hoping it will be enough to cover over 200 wreaths! I will also be there next sat to lay a wreath on my Hero, my cousin Sgt Matthew Maddox’s grave he is in section 60. Thank you Wreaths Across America for honoring America’s Heroes
Over 60,000 people saw, shared, or commented on Jack’s post. The Worcester family was so impressed with this young man’s ambition, Morrill Worcester pledged to match whatever total he raised, so double the number of wreaths would be placed by Jack and his supporters.
This is not the first time Jack has shown his patriotic spirit. From his Facebook page managed by Jack and his parents, he has organized and delivered nearly 5,000 “Jack’s Snack Packs” – a tradition he started when he would save his snacks to send to his beloved cousin.
Here is a little bit more about Jack (as shared by his mother Kelly):
When he was 6 his cousin Matthew Maddox was deployed to Afghanistan. Jack started saving his snacks from his school lunch to send to him. Jack also wanted to send snacks to Matt’s friends so he sold ornaments at Christmas and raised enough to send 200 “Jacks Snack Packs”. Jack has continued fundraising and has sent out over 4800 snack packs to deployed heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jack also helps out Veterans here at home. This is the 3rd year that he has filled back packs with hygiene items for 20 veterans who live at a local homeless shelter. For the last three years he has Attended Wreaths Across America in Santa Nella Ca, speaking at the ceremony 2 of those year.
Last year was the first year that a American Hero who received Jacks Snack Packs was laid to rest there. Jack’s Hero is his cousin Sgt Matthew Maddox 173rd Airborne who served 2 tours in Afghanistan. On July 5th 2013 two weeks home from Italy Matthew was killed by a drunk driver. We buried Matthew at Arlington because he loved it there and that is where he wanted to be. When Jack found out about the wreath donation being down this year he wanted to help.
Jack and his family will be at Arlington this Saturday and we are happy to report the following note that was posted on his Facebook page earlier today:
Grand total raised for wreaths across America is $3846!! That is 256 wreaths!!!! With the founders matching wreaths that will make 512 wreaths for Americas Heroes resting in Arlington National Cemetery!! Thank you all very much for your donations! I couldn’t do it with out you friends!
How cool is that? Jack – I bet you are going to see a lot more likes on your Facebook page because the WAA Community loves stories about our younger generation learning the lessons of patriotism and appreciation.