Every Christmas and Valentine’s Day the Military Moms Prayer Group ships gift packages to the troops to let them know that they are not forgotten. The gift drives – now known as Holidays for Heroes – have generated an avalanche of community support, with donations of food and gift items from throughout Vero Beach.  Local elementary school children have contributed hundreds of handmade cards. Since 2006, more than 16,000 packages have reached the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for the holidays, thanks to this community-wide outreach.


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Pick up a mailing kit through December 15 at any of these Vero Beach locations:

  • Barker Electric Air Conditioning & Heating, 1936 Commerce Avenue
  • Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, 3755 Hwy A1A
  • Christ Church Vero Beach, 925 14th Lane (behind Outback and near Vero Bowl)
  • Christi’s Fitness, 1250 Old Dixie Highway
  • Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street
  • Cross Fit, 760 8th Ct., Suite 4
  • Eye Clinic of Vero & Optical Boutique, 634 21st St. (Miracle Mile Plaza)
  • I’ll Never Tell, 3351 Ocean Drive
  • Nail Art, 1275 U.S. Highway 1 #5/12th Street Plaza (behind Carrabas)
  • Office of Dr. James Presley, 1000 37th Place, Suite 105
    PakMail, 505 Beachland Blvd
  • Postal Connections, 1275 U.S. Hwy 1 #2/12th Street Plaza (behind Carrabbas)
  • Studio 14/Zumba Works, 1962 14th Avenue
  • Royal Day Spa, 99 Royal Palm Point
  • The UPS Store, Treasure Coast Plaza on the Miracle Mile
  • Vero Beach Book Center, 392 21st Street (Miracle Mile Plaza)
  • Victory Center, the Veteran’s Council’s storefront at the Indian River Mall (near Macy’s)


 A soldier in Afghanistan gives a thumbs up to packages that poured into his unit from residents of Indian River County and beyond, thanks to the Military Moms Prayer Group's 10th Annual Holidays for Heroes drive. 

Other ways you can support Holidays For Heroes:

Make a contribution to Military Moms Prayer Group, Inc. to support shipping costs. The cost per box is $16.75 (USPS flat-rate cost for mailing to a military address). Mail donations to: Military Moms Prayer Group, Inc., P.O. Box 643511, Vero Beach, FL 32964.

Make a tax-deductible donation on Pay Pal


The Top Ten Treats Our Troops Want Most

Powdered drink mixes (lemonade, Gatorade, Tang, hot chocolate)
Nuts (mixed nuts, peanuts, trail mix, microwave popcorn)
Peanut butter (in individual packets)
Dried fruit/raisins
Wet wipes or baby wipes
Protein bars and granola bars
Meat products (Beef jerky/Slim Jims; canned or foil-wrapped tuna, chicken, corned beef)
Rahmen noodles
Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards
Socks (black)

84th Engineering Battalion, 643rd Engineering Company WOLFPACK in Iraq

Holidays for Heroes
Linda Colontrelle founded the holiday gift drive in December 2006, while her son, Danny, a graduate of West Point, was serving his second tour in Iraq.

Prayer group member Gail Reams carried on the holiday tradition in 2007, reaching out to sailors, soldiers, and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her son, Scott, served two tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps.


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