Good Deeds Foundation Supports Many Programs Benefitting Active Duty Military, Veterans in Brevard
By Marilyn Sanford, MOAACC Public Relations // January 27, 2019
Provided $6,000 donation for Operation Warm Heart at Patrick Air Force Base during holidays
BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE – The Military Officers Association of America’ Cape Canaveral Chapter’s (MOAACC) Good Deeds Foundation was created in 2014 and established as a separate non=profit organization the following year.
The Good Deeds Foundation relies on donations from MOAACC members; contributions from local businesses and others in the community; and the annual GDF golf tournament, to support its many programs benefiting active duty military, veterans, and military-related youth communities in Brevard County.
To name just a few activities from this past year, the GDF hosted a sent a volunteer to Texas for training to provide better support to the Brevard Veteran Treatment Court; supported a Memorial Day Ceremony at the new Cape Canaveral National Cemetery that was attended by over 1000 people; and provided financial and volunteer support to the Missing in America Project-FL.
For the first time in this area, 21 veterans and one veteran spouse whose cremated remains had been abandoned at funeral homes (in several cases for decades) were given a solemn burial with full military honors.
These ceremonies were performed at no cost to any surviving family members. This past fall the GDF distributed over $7,000 in checks to 20 high school JROTC units, Sea Cadet Divisions, and Civil Air Patrol Squadrons throughout Brevard County to support their activities during the 2018-2019 school year.
The checks were presented in classrooms, at auditorium ceremonies, in a museum, and at two football games with over 1600 fans in the stands. During the holiday season, the GDF supported the Brevard USO in their effort to stage stocking stuffer events for the children of junior enlisted personnel.
They provided $6,000 to the Patrick Air force Base First Sergeant’s Council Operation “Warm Heart”, which helps kids whose parents are in junior active duty ranks with parties, stockings, and emergency family travel.
They also provided funding to the charitable efforts of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute on PAFB, and the Base’s security dog handlers who reach out to provide toys and clothing for homeless or needy veteran families.
This past summer, the first Sergeant’s Council of Patrick Air Force Base presented MOAACC/GDF with a special plaque of appreciation, and recounted stories of how their support has, over the years, helped so many junior enlisted and their family members.
If you have any questions or would like to be more involved with the Good Deeds Foundation, contact President Donn Weaver at 757-871-6576. Contributions may be sent to MOAACC Good Deeds Foundation, P.O. Box 560023, Rockledge, FL 32956-0023.
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