BALTIMORE (WMAR) — An organization helping Gold Star families find purpose by helping others, has gotten its largest-ever donation.
It was started by the family of a decorated Naval Academy graduate who was killed in combat - Travis Manion.
The Travis Manion Foundation sends the families of service members who were killed in combat on volunteer missions, around the country and even internationally - all expenses paid.
On this Giving Tuesday, the foundation has announced that it’s gotten a commitment from a private donor - who wants to remain anonymous - to match all donations today through December 31st, up to $1-million.
“What it really does is give us the power to be able to capitalize on the giving goodwill of those who support us, our individual donors, said Michael Desmond, of the Travis Manion Foundation. “It's definitely the largest matching donation that we've received and it gives us a tremendous ability to fund raise for this program.”
Some of those volunteer projects have even been right here in Baltimore. They do things like build houses, or clean up and plant trees in underserved communities.
They say the projects give family members the opportunity to serve with the selflessness of their loved ones, who were killed in combat:
“The power of service is healing,” Desmond said. “And through these service expeditions we give these surviving family members the opportunity to be able to take that back in their lives and feel more connected, and to be able to give back.”
Travis Manion graduated from the Naval Academy in 2004, joined the Marines, and then was killed in Iraq 2007 while saving some of his teammates who had been wounded in an ambush. His actions allowed every other member of his patrol to survive, and Manion was awarded the silver star and bronze star with valor.
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