We would like to thank Crazy Gatorland Carts for their recent donation of $660 worth of batteries for our golf cart. It will soon be fixed and we will be able to use it around the farm. We thank you for your support!
We are in a social media contest with our bank. Our bank has nominated us in a fun social media voting contest. There are six (6) rounds of voting, bracket style. We need your vote. Please follow the link below to get to their Facebook page. Once on there, scroll down until you see our logo. “like” the photo to cast your vote. There will be 5 cash winners: 1 grand prize and 4 additional winners. Thank you again for all your support.
Heartland Bank employees have nominated 64 charities to go head to head for a chance at the $1,500 grand prize and $250 for four finalists. The best part…YOU can help choose the winner. Look for our Charity Bracket Buster posts and vote for your favorite charity. Voting starts March 14.
How to vote:
1. “Like” the Heartland Bank Facebook page above.
2. Like the photo with your favorite Charity’s logo.
After six rounds of voting over 3 weeks, one charity will be declared the winner.
On November 10th, the crew from Waukegan Home Depot spent the day with us on the farm building the new fence between the chicken yard and big horse pasture. We were awarded a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to purchase the materials needed to build this fence. The crew came out early morning, spent the better part of the morning with us working on the fence. Then, after lunch, just about everyone called it a day. We cannot thank Home Depot enough for your generous support, and the crew for coming out to install and paint the fence. Thank you so much for believing in us and what we do. Here’s sneak peak of some photos, please click on the link below to be taken to our Facebook page to view the rest (there’s over 100!) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1084006745051823.1073741837.241989972586842&type=1&l=bf7bec22e5
July 23rd, VFW Riders Post 1865 put on a Poker Run benefiting the Freedom Farm for Vets. Over 100 riders and supporters showed up despite the drenching rain and participated throughout the day into the evening hours. It sure was a wet one, the VFW even lost power for several hours but that didn’t stop people from hanging out, participating in raffles, all by candlelight! That day we also received our beautiful monument that now sits at the entry gate to the farm. There are not enough words to say thank you for the constant love and support you have given us.
August 28th, we held a Pig Roast at the farm for our VFW Riders as a way to say “thank you” and to have everyone come spend the afternoon at the farm. Over 30 riders and friends and family came out for the afternoon. We had roasted pig sandwiches that had been on the spit since early that morning, homemade potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans. We were also presented a check for $5,000 raised from the Poker Run, as well as we were given an on the spot donation of $300 from the Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club. We presented Rob, President of the Riders Group, with our first hand-made donor plaque. We cannot say thank you enough, there just aren’t enough words, for believing in what we do and for your constant love and support in what we are doing for those who deserve and need it most. Please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomFarmForVets/photos for all the photos from the event but here are just a few.
As many of you know, we are working on all kinds of projects here at the farm. At this time, we are asking for some financial assistance from our supporters to enable us to continue to support military veterans and their families.
To that end, we are running an Indiegogo fundraising campaign and are asking for everyone to take a look, consider contributing and, very importantly, share our campaign with friends and businesses you know that might consider supporting us.
Happy Spring from Freedom Farm. Things are growing and blooming here at the farm. If you haven’t been in awhile, you really need to stop and smell the flowers 🙂
We had some sad news in the loss of our furry friend Elle who has greeted visitors at the farm daily since opening and will be sorely missed by all of us.
On a brighter note, we’ve got some adorable new chics that are almost ready for y’all to come and visit.
And best of all, the folks at DK Contractors (who donated and delivered the stone) and Tuff Shed made possible these awesome new clubhouse (and a handicap bathroom) for our Kids Ranks kids … the Tuff Shed guys worked past dark to get these done! We are so thankful and these are absolutely awesome.
There were many new changes I was going to include in the post for the farm this month, but I decided instead to post this amazing story written by the mother of a true gift of a child. This story really needs no intro other than to say that all the participants are neighbors to the farm and have supported us from the beginning. This act by this beautiful ten-year old, and the reactions it generated from the adults around her is amazing and truly heart warming. Maddie has touched our hearts and has inspired us to never give up on our mission. THANK YOU MADISON. Till next month, enjoy….
Our daughter, Madison, turned 10 on January 22.
Madison came to us and said that several of her friends were asking her what she wanted for her birthday. She said that she really did not need or want anything because she received everything she wanted for Christmas. We asked her what she had in mind. She said she would ask her friends to donate the money they would have spent on her birthday gift to the Freedom Farm for Veterans. She knew that the animals would benefit.
So Maddie had her birthday party and raised $250.00 from the generosity of her wonderful friends from Kenosha Montessori School and Scamps Gymnastics. Last Saturday Maddie was so very excited to deliver that check to John at the farm.
Later that Saturday evening, we received a call from a lady named Cassandra. She explained she had heard of Maddie’s donation earlier that day and wanted to reward Madison with a check for $250 for her to spend on herself. We explained that was very generous however that we could not accept such a lofty gift. So Cassandra gave her the option to keep some, or donate some to the farm. Maddie, without hesitation, immediately chose to donate the money to the farm. On Sunday we met Cassandra in person and she came to the farm with us to present John with the generous donation.
Since that day the blessings continue to multiply. On Sunday afternoon we went to complete our taxes and Cathy Martin of Martin Tax Service in Kenosha generously told us to have Madison donate what she would have charged us to complete our taxes to the farm. Then that same day while my husband was at work, Captain Maccari of the Kenosha Police Department generously donated money to the farm and a beautiful challenge coin for Madison. Yesterday Madison’s Godmother also made a donation.
It is truly amazing how one random act of generosity from a ten-year old child has grown into almost $700 in contributions for the Freedom Farm. Madison loves her trips to the farm and we can only hope that her act of kindness continues to inspire others to help support the farm.