Six Year Old Supports Community Helpers
Okeechobee County has an exceptional young resident, Zander Noal. The first grader and his family have started Z’s Hearts for Heroes, a non-profit to provide and promote support for community helpers. This includes but is not limited to firefighters, police, emergency medical staff, military, corrections officers, nurses, and related administrative staff. The program extends to those retired from any of these fields.
The new 501c3 organization will base projects on four fundamentals: leadership, education, fundraising, and community service. They are seeking partnerships with like organizations in pursuit of growing their mission. Z’s Hearts for Heroes promotes positive news about those who serve and protect. They are seeking donations to finance projects like Hugs from Heaven – teddy bears in backpacks provided to first responders to give to children after a traumatic event. Additionally, a Fallen Heroes Fund will also provide educational scholarships for children who’ve lost a parent.
Trisha Herlihy, a New Home Consultant working in Palm Creek Estates in Okeechobee, met Zander Noal at a Labor Day event. Zander was promoting his hand-painted wooden hearts that he gives to community helpers as a show of support and respect. She was so impressed with the six-year-old boy that she donated $200 to Z’s Hearts for Heroes. Trisha told Zander that our Holiday Builders’ logo features a heart. In return, Zander created a special series of hearts featuring palm trees made for Palm Creek Estates, the community in Okeechobee where Trisha is selling new Holiday Builders’ homes. Naturally, Trisha bought them all. She looks forward to sharing these special hearts with hometown heroes.
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