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Christmas Decor Honors Veterans, Active-Duty Military and First Responders with Patriotic Pines

DALLASNov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Christmas Decor, a leading holiday lighting and decorating franchise, has teamed up with Birds Eye View Project to launch Patriotic Pines in an effort to show support and bring awareness to military and first responder communities across the United States. At a time when our nation seems so much at odds, the partnership aims to play a role in spreading efforts of unity, hope, and appreciation for the country and those who spend their days protecting our way of life.

Christmas Decor and its network of 250+ operators will be donating the red, white, and blue Christmas trees and garland flags to military families, VA hospitals, VFW lodges, military recruiting stations, local police stations, and fire departments across the country this holiday season. Additionally, retail orders can be made at www.patrioticpine.com if individuals are interested in aiding in the awareness effort or donating to local organizations.

“We have taken the humble symbol of the American flag and created a line of products that allow each and every American to show their support and thanks for military families, veterans, and first responders,” stated Rayan Parrott, founder of Birds Eye View Project. “We believe with the help of Christmas Decor, we can spread a message of unity, pride, and support for our brave men and women at a time when our country needs it the most.”

The partnership formed when Dallas-based philanthropist and former Navy SEAL, Ryan Parrott decided to expand Patriotic Pine to a national level by connecting with Christmas Decor’s parent company, The Decor Group. The idea began as a way to honor U.S. military members who cannot be home for the holidays. At a time of year when many spend their days with family and loved ones, others do not have that luxury. They are the brave men and women of our armed forces and first responders protecting our country and daily way of life.

“When we were approached by the Birds Eye View Project with an opportunity to partner with an amazing cause like Patriotic Pines, it was another wonderful opportunity to support a group of people who we admire and aim to appreciate,” stated Brandon Stephens, president of Christmas Decor. “This program complements our existing Decorated Family Program which is in its 15th year of transforming the homes of servicemen and women each holiday season. These efforts are the least we can do for those who risk their lives of us daily.”

Now a seasonal tradition, hundreds of franchisees nationwide participate in the Decorated Family Program by donating products, resources, and time to decorate the homes of local military families with lights, garland, ornaments, and other trimmings. Following the decorating process, each decked out home is revealed during a surprise ceremony.

Operating in more than 300 markets and 49 states, Christmas Decor, Inc. is the largest professional holiday and event decorating franchise. The company offers complete decorating service programs including unique display design, installation, maintenance, and removal of holiday lighting and decorations – alleviating decorating stress while delivering the look customers want within a reasonable budget.

For more information on Christmas Decor and to find a local operator, please visit http://www.christmasdecor.net/

About Christmas Decor
Since its inception in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to become the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The Texas-based company was founded by Blake Smith as an off-season supplement to his landscape business and as a method to provide year-round work for employees. Christmas Decor quickly emerged as a viable business opportunity and today, operates in more than 300 markets in 49 states and Canada. Christmas Decor is highly revered in its field and has received consistent recognition for its efforts, including its popular Decorated Family Programwhich has been featured on The TODAY Show, TIME.comCNN and FOX, among others. For more information, visit www.christmasdecor.net.

About Birds Eye View Project
Birds Eye View Project generates awareness and raises funds for charities supporting veterans and first responders. Former US Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, and other Veterans offer an up close and personal look at the extreme needs of veterans and first responders, as well as the people and organizations working to help them realize nothing is impossible, even the most extreme challenges. 2017 Beneficiary organizations include: Sons of the Flag, Carry the Load, 22Kill, Adaptive Training Foundation, America’s Mighty Warriors, Base Camp 40, Rebuilding Warriors, and Rosecrance Florian.  Visit #Birdseyeviewproject and www.birdseyeviewproject.org for more information.

SOURCE Christmas Decor

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American Heritage Girls Make Big Impact This Christmas Season with Our Nation’s Heroes

CINCINNATI, Ohio, Dec. 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — During this Christmas season, American Heritage Girls demonstrate the true spirit of giving by honoring Fire Departments, Police Departments and fallen soldiers nationwide.

Troops prepared and delivered treats to their local Fire and Police stations as thanks to the community’s first responders. The small acts of kindness came from big hearts of gratitude. These giving projects are a vehicle of practical instruction which AHG provides through the character development program for girls 5-18.

Wreaths Across America Day on December 12 stands as an additional example of American Heritage Girl’s commitment to service. Troops across the nation assisted in placing thousands of wreaths upon military graves, this being part of the annual ceremony that gives tribute to deceased military. Throughout the country, uniformed American Heritage Girls aided in the placement of wreaths in numerous veteran cemeteries.

53rd District, Ohio House Representative, Tim Derickson is just one of the many State Representatives throughout the country that attended their local ceremony in which American Heritage Girls served as an active part. “I am honored to have the opportunity to commend American Heritage Girls Troop Ohio 1412 and the 288th Pathfinder Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol on sponsoring 621 wreaths. The time and effort Ohio Troop 1412 has dedicated to this organization, and to veterans’ events throughout the year is truly remarkable. Every member of this Troop should be proud of her contributions and selflessness.”

American Heritage Girls is celebrating 20 years of ministry. AHG membership has grown 30-50 percent in the last four years and has over 40,000 members globally. For more information, visit www.americanheritagegirls.org. Follow AHG on Instagram @ahgfun or Facebook facebook.com/AmericanHeritageGirls

Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG is a faith-based character development program dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences.

Emergency Ministries Partners with PTSD Foundation of America to Help First Responders Heal

This story reminds me of one of the calls I went on when I was an active fire chaplain. An elderly man fell and busted his skull open. Blood and brains were every where. Our first responders have front row seats to the worst days of people’s lives everyday. First Responders never know when the next call will become one call too many. Programs like this are  too scarce and sorely needed ! Pastor Crutchfield

Two great organizations have teamed up to bring hope to those Heroes who have served and are serving on the “front lines” of our city streets.

 Emergency Ministries is honored to be chosen by the PTSD Foundation of America to be their “Official First Responder Partner” and to take the new “First Responder Healing Manual” to the streets and to offer weekly support groups. “This alliance between our two organizations will enable us to reach more places and people in need of our services.” Skip Straus MA,BCC,EMT-P, who is founder/CEO/Chief Chaplain of Emergency Ministries. (NOTE – first groups are being offered in the Houston area for now – with plans for expansion to other cities).

Take the “First Responder PTSD Self-Assessment”

ABOUT THE PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

Up to ten fellow first responders (led by a fellow first responder who has ‘been there, done that’ and who has specialized training in PTSD) will meet weekly to openly discuss the impacts of our jobs on ourselves, our families , our friends and our co-workers. This group is presented as a “safe venue” for first responders to meet with their peers and work on countering the devastating effects caused by the terrible incidents many encounter on a daily basis. Straus notes that many emergency services organizations have Employee Assistance Programs, however many first responders find it difficult to open up to someone oyher than another first responder, someone who knows what they have lived through.

” Every day, a first responder answers a call, they know they will most likely be exposed to horrendous sites and situations. ” said Straus. ” No matter their strength and professionalism, being part of those situations can have cataclysmic effects on them-and those around them-if they don’t have trained persons to ‘walk with them’ through the crisis. That’s where Emergency Chaplain Group comes in. ”

The groups are open to al first responders- including firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, dispatchers and other emergency services personnel- who meet with up to ten of their peers led by a fellow first responder who has specialized training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to discuss the impacts of their jobs on their families, friends, coworkers, and selves.

Are you feeling the effects of years on the job seeing highly charged and emotional scenes? Join a group today!

Thursday Evenings – 7:00pm

Tomball Regional Medical Center – First Floor Conference Room

605 Holderrieth Blvd.  –  Tomball, TX 77375

Monday Evenings – 7:00pm

Spring Baptist Church  –  Room #101A

633 E Louetta Rd  –   Spring, Texas 77373

For more information about joining a group, please email peersupport@emchap.org or call 281.651.2661 (Mon-Fri 0900-1700hrs Central Time Zone)