Minot AFB Flood Victims – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year from Military Supporters!

Airmen giving “thank yous” to Home Depot repsWorld events can flood our minds with so much information and unless it impacts us directly it is quickly forgotten! How many remember the floods in June this year in North Dakota? Did you know that more than 1,000 airmen and their families from Minot Air Force Base were displaced and had their homes wrecked by the flooding? I had to think about how that would impact their Christmas/Holidays this year. Well, they have not been forgotten.

It is an early Christmas for some of those families who struggled to recover with 135 new appliances (refrigerators, washers and dryers and stoves) delivered to 45 families this week! Operation Homefront, The Home Depot Foundation, Minot’s Operation Warmheart and General Electric contributed resources, donations, discounts and delivery of approximately $65,000 worth of appliances to these deserving families.

Amy Palmer, COO, Operation Homefront, Milton Arneson, The Home Depot, Department Head at Fargo store and base leadership were at Minot Air Force Base in order to process the delivery and acceptance of the appliances. Quite the story and quite the Christmas present! The families must be so appreciative of such an outreach to help them at this time of the year.

Minot AFB First Sergeant helping with free appliances for flood victimsThank you to all the foundations and corporations involved in making this happen.

“This operation really demonstrates just how big of a family the Air Force is. I’m really impressed with the generosity and the selflessness from the community that I’ve observed during this time.” – MSgt. Patrick Lund

We sometimes miss the good stories in our crazy news overload! This one is right at the top of the list for those that care.

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Follow Operation Homefront on Facebook at, Twitter @Op_Homefront or visit their web site at

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