“He’s out in the Middle East and he’s not eligible to leave until next year, so he won’t be home for Christmas,” Hrubes said. “So I thought about the families who have loved ones that aren’t home, and what if their families were donated a wreath?
Hrubes reached out to a liaison for military families on the North Shore and asked about having wreaths donated to the families of military members who won’t be home for the holidays. The liaison loved the idea, and said she would anonymously donate the wreaths to such families if residents contributed $15 as if they’d purchased it for themselves.
In addition to military families, Hrubes said the wreaths could also be donated to hospice families, veterans and survivors of domestic violence as well. Donors can specify which category they’d like their wreath sent to and Hrubes’ wreath donor would make sure it reaches the appropriate party.
“If they wanted to enclose a money order or a check in the mail to myself or my son, and the venue they’d like to have it donated to, and then anything above the $825 would go to the pool for all the kids that can’t afford it,” Hrubes said. “So if we sell 500 wreaths, then that would mean four or five more kids could go on this trip.”
Donations can be mailed to the Hrubes family at 37 Macy Terrace, Amesbury; and if prospective donors have any questions or need more information, Hrubes can be reached at 978-985-0158.