The Woodlands, TX – December 21, 2011 – Texas Sentinels Foundation, a nonprofit organization which builds debt-free homes for Wounded Warriors across the state, will deliver keys on Jan. 14 to Chris and Christine Sanford for the new home that was built for them with the help of generous donors and community partnerships.
The dedication ceremony will begin with a parade at 10 a.m., originating at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, making its way down Creekside Forest Drive and leading to the home site at 114 Deer Plain in The Woodlands. Following the parade will be a short program of area dignitaries, key sponsors, and representatives from the Texas Sentinels Foundation.
“What we find remarkable about this process in which a community comes together to help one of their own, is the powerful way in which an original good deed inspires so many subsequent good deeds,” said Richard Filip, co-founder of Texas Sentinels Foundation and CEO of RE/MAX of Texas.
“The actions or ideas from a single individual can be sufficiently inspirational to galvanize and motivate the rest of the citizenry around a cause. And in this case, yield a power great enough to build homes, change lives, and provide a permanent legacy to the sacrifice and service this young man has given to his country.”
Spc. E4 Chris Sanford, U.S. Army (Ret.) was severely injured by an IED in Iraq in 2008, suffering traumatic brain injury, skull and facial fractures, chronic muscle spasms causing severe migraines, and nerve damage to his lower back. He also struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Chris underwent an arduous rehabilitation program and has made an astounding recovery. Despite some ongoing health issues, Chris remains positive and is making plans for his future in The Woodlands. He plans to attend college and hopes to one day become a nurse in order to help other injured veterans.
On Sept. 7, 2011, Chris and his wife Christine learned that they had been selected to receive a home in The Woodlands from Texas Sentinels Foundation. One week later, ground was broken on their new home.
The project was made possible by the generous support of its team members, RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, Ryland Homes, Post Custom Homes, The Woodlands Development Company, and the many volunteers and grateful community members who have participated in fundraising events.
Texas Sentinels Foundation was established in 2007 to provide debt-free homes and create life-changing opportunities for Wounded Warriors and their families. Chris is the fifth soldier in Texas to receive a debt-free home through the nonprofit organization.
For more information about Texas Sentinels Foundation, including a schedule of upcoming events, please visit www.TexasSentinels.org, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TexasSentinelsFoundation.
Who: Texas Sentinels Foundation and The Woodlands community
What: Home dedication ceremony and parade
Where: 114 Deer Plain, The Woodlands, TX 77389. Parade originates at Rob Fleming Aquatic Center.
When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at 10 a.m.
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