Heaven’s Heroes is committed to bringing smiles to the children of America’s fallen men and women in uniform. In the eyes of a child, there are no greater heroes than mom and dad.
When a man or woman in uniform sacrifices their life for their country, the children they leave behind lose not only a parent, but also a role model – their hero.
Heaven’s Heroes makes it their goal to help the kids experience another hero during this painful time. That person may be a pro-sports player, a chef, a figure skater, a pilot – anyone who can leave a positive imprint on a child suffering a loss of this size.
We can all be a hero to the right child at the right time. We only need the opportunity. Heaven’s Heroes matches the children of fallen servicemen and women with volunteer heroes who serve the kids in their own way – and be a hero for a day. They need only to share their lives with a child who suddenly needs them. We can never fill in the empty seat at the dinner table, but we can reach for the heaven’s and pull down a bit of sunshine and joy for a child, if even for a day. It’s the least we can do to show our warriors on the home front – big and small – how we appreciate them and their loved ones who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
The Kansas City Royals are showing 10-year-old Braydon Nichols that they haven’t forgotten his dad, Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, pilot of the Chinook shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan last month. Braydon wrote to CNN’s iReport soon after the incident asking why the media did not recognize his father in the news.
“My father was one of the 30 US Soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday with the Seals rescue mission. My father was the pilot of the chinook. I have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father. He is the farthest to the left.
Bryan Nichols on far left, seated on Chinook helicopter
Braydon Nichols, 10 yrs old
Kansas City, MO”
Heaven’s Heroes and the Royals are not letting Bryan Nichols sacrifice for our freedom go unnoticed. On Saturday, the Royals staff is escorting Braydon and his mother to pre-game batting practice to meet his favorite players, Melky Cabrera and Alex Gordon.
It is because of men like Braydon’s dad that pro-players can continue doing what they love and allow us to enjoy their games. It’s our turn to give back. Thanks, Royals, for showing the Nichols family that we will never forget their sacrifice. And thank you, Braydon, for letting us honor your father’s bravery, and yours. We hope your night at “the K” is truly a special one.
Centerfielder of the Washington Nationals, Rick Ankiel, is a new addition to the Heaven’s Heroes team of Champions. He personally confirmed his support yesterday. We are thrilled to have Rick on board and look forward to pairing him with a little warrior.