Woodcraft Teams with Patriot Woodworker to Gift Wounded Marine’s FamilyComments (0)
A Patriot Woodworker
fundraiser will make Christmas a lot happier for Haley, Nick, Briana and
Makenzie Hine, back row from left, and Hunter and Hudson, from left in front.
The Patriot Woodworker organization hopes to raise $2,000 to provide gifts and a Christmas meal for a wounded Marine and his family, with the help of Woodcraft and two other national sponsors.
Christmas season, The Patriot Woodworker adopts a family through Operation Ward
57, a nonprofit organization that supports wounded, injured and ill service
members, veterans and their caregivers with outreach programs. Patriot
Woodworker then sells raffle tickets to raise money for the family gifts, and
for participants of the raffle to have a chance to win prizes donated by
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and the opportunity to donate. The fundraiser will end on December 31. Prize
winners will then be randomly selected from the list of participants. A total
of $2,085 was raised in 2019.
include: a WoodRiver Standard Block Plane with an Adjustable Mouth and a
WoodRiver V3 #4 Bench Plane from Woodcraft; a 14|12 Laguna Bandsaw from Laguna;
and two Easy Wood Parting Tools from Easy Wood Tools.
is pleased to be able to contribute to a project that honors a wounded veteran
and his family during this Christmas season,” Woodcraft President and CEO Jack
Bigger said. “We applaud The Patriot Woodworker members for organizing this
The Hine Family
Nick, center, in country with his buddies and locals.
Nick is at the far right in this photo taken at a Marine Corps ball.
Nick Hine, a former US Marine Corps sniper/infantryman, was deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. He was injured in an IED blast in 2004 and now has Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), binocular dysfunction, and knee and back injuries.
and his wife, Briana, and their four children, Haley, 14; Makenzie, 13; Hunter,
8; and Hudson, 4, live in California. Briana shared some facts about the children: Haley, a
straight A student, wants to be a detective when she get older; Makenzie adores
hanging out with her siblings; Hunter, an ice hockey player, wants to be a
pilot or play for the NHL; and Hudson “wants to fight the bad guys.” Haley and
Hunter are also school leaders.
interests include sports, woodworking, fishing and hunting.
is pursuing a law degree and will graduate in December. She is hoping to get an
internship with the Veterans Legal Institute in Orange County, California.
Because of the challenges she and her husband have faced, she wants to help
other disabled veterans obtain what they need.
know a lot of Nick’s sniper buddies from 2/7 have either died in combat, died
by suicide or are suffering silently,” she said. “People like you (John Morris,
founder of Patriot Woodworker) and your community of veterans/woodworkers help
these guys know they are not forgotten.” The 2/7 reference is to the 2nd
Battalion/ 7th Marine Regiment in the 1st Marine Division.
To read more about the Hine family, visit thepatriotwoodworker.com.
Nick and Briana Hine in earlier days.
The Hines' four children are, from left, Haley, Hunter, Hudson and Makenzie.
Although the fundraiser ends after Christmas, John
Morris has already purchased most of the presents for the children and made arrangements
for the meal, using his own money. “I am confident each year we will raise at
least $2,000. Any funds leftover after the purchase of the family gifts and
meals will be given to the Hine Family; 100 percent of the proceeds go to the
family," he said.
The Patriot Woodworker is a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines.
Although the group supports veterans and active duty military personnel both here in the United States and in Canada, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join. To learn more, visit thepatriotwoodworker.com.
Every year, John Morris trusts in the generosity of his fellow Patriot Woodworkers and the public to participate in this fundraiser – not so much for the prizes, which are for sure worth winning, but to help a veteran who has sacrificed a lot to be part of the military forces that defend the USA.
Hats off to you, John and all the participants who will make this project a success – and perhaps the best one yet!
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