Boots for Tripler
Donations of pairs of used combat boots to line the path of the Run to honor each of the over 6,700 fallen heroes are requested. The Run is expected to be an annual event to raise awareness and to honor the fallen, so the display of boots will become a part of history for others to appreciate for years to come.
Soldiers’ Angels will also have a booth at the run event and at the “Biggest Little RC Air Show” after the run, with proceeds benefitting Tripler Fisher House families (Soldiers’ Angels has long been a supporter of Tripler Fisher House, as well as other Fisher Houses on Mainland U.S. and in Germany).
How you can help:
- Donate used combat boots - If you or your family member were deployed, feel free to write a message about the deployment(s) or the path that your boots have traveled, or a message to your Fallen Service Member, which will be attached to your boots. Any questions about the boots or about Tripler Fisher House can be answered by Theresa Johnson, Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, (808) 561-7423.
Mail donated combat boots and your message to:
Tripler Fisher House
317 Krukowski Rd
Honolulu, HI 96819
- Donate small 6 inch US flags to go with each boot - You can find these flags at OrientalTrading.com for $8.50 for 72 pieces: http://www.orientaltrading.com/small-american-flags-a2-5_166+SP-12-1.fltr?Ntt=flags as well as other websites that offer inexpensive flags for sale. Oriental Trading will ship them directly to Tripler Fisher House per your instructions (use the address above)
- Donate funds for production of the run, or gift cards/merchandise to provide ongoing support to Tripler Fisher House families by clicking here.
- Local Hawaiians can help by providing a drop-off point for friends and family to be delivered to Tripler Fisher House (address above), or by helping at the Soldiers' Angels booth. If you live in Hawaii and can help at the Soldiers’ Angels booth at the run or afterwards at the Pacific Aviation Museum’s Family Fun Day ("Biggest Little RC Air Show"), contact Anita Dice at email@example.com to sign up.
About Tripler Fisher House and Why it Needs Outside Support
Tripler Fisher House Hawaii (I & II) are 2 of the 57 Fisher Houses throughout the US and Germany, located on the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) which is the Pacific Regional Medical Command of the Armed Forces and the largest military hospital in the Asian and Pacific Rim region.
This Fisher House provides a no-cost "home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at TAMC. Families are provided individual suites, and share common areas including living room, family room, dining room, spacious kitchen with personal storage for each family, and laundry room.While the Tripler Houses sit on a mountain top and have the best view in Hawaii, the facilities are hidden from the local population of only 950,000 for the island of O’ahu , so most locals have no idea that it exists. Theresa Johnson, Manager of Tripler Fisher House, has worked hard to raise awareness of the facilities to gain more local support by having events and inviting local organizations to attend, such as the Run planned for August.
Tripler supports about 264,000 from all of the Hawaiian Islands’ active duty and retired military personnel, their families, and veteran beneficiaries including Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard, and military retirees. In addition, their referral population includes 171,000 military personnel, family members, veteran beneficiaries, residents of nine U.S. affiliated jurisdictions (American Samoa, Guam, and the former Trust Territories), and forward-deployed forces in more than 40 countries throughout the Pacific.
A service member, retiree, or military family member)may be referred to TAMC for combat injuries, but also because a medical specialty is not available locally (such as for cancer patients, high risk pregnancies, etc). Family stays can be as short as a couple of months, or several years for extended treatment. Families often leave their homes with only a suitcase to come to be close to their loved ones, so receiving the support of Fisher House is crucial. Families living at the facilities go through large quantities of consumable items like paper goods, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, new baby clothes, food items, gift cards to local restaurants, markets and phone cards. Gifts of these items are needed and appreciated.