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Coast Guard moms fund


Posted: November 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Dennis Saylor with her son, Michael, at his U.S. Coast Guard boot camp graduation in Cape May, New Jersey on March 6, 2010.

In March of 2011, my mother, Denise Saylor, and four other women from around the country - Jane Greene in Rhode Island, Kim Gleason in Alabama, Karin Valentine in Florida and Victoria Joy in Northern California - started a non-profit organization called “U.S. Coast Guard Mom in Need Fund.”

The fund was created after my mother was able to experience the joy of watching my younger brother graduate from Coast Guard boot camp in 2010.

Upon returning to California, she realized that there were some mothers that would not be able to experience this occasion and see their children graduate - so she jumped on the chance to join this newly created group, spearheaded by a Florida mom Karin Valentine.

This fund sends needy mothers to New Jersey to watch their children graduate from boot camp.

This organization has raised over $18,000 to send mothers to Coast Guard boot camp graduation in Cape May, New Jersey.

One-hundred percent of the profits that this organization raises go directly to the mother who would not otherwise be able to see her child graduate and allow them the opportunity to witness this life-changing and momentous occasion.

All mothers that have gone to their children’s graduation - since the start of this organization - are financially needy and cannot afford to get to New Jersey.

The Mom in Need Fund covers airfare, hotels and gas money for the trip. The group holds online auctions to raise money, sells United States Coast Guard bracelets and works with other Coast Guard families to help with funding.

I have heard so many wonderful stories of parents that have been able to experience the joy of watching their son or daughter graduate and all because my mom and a small group of four women from around the country have helped them get there.

It does not matter where in the country a parent lives, this organization funds their trip. Since the inception of this organization, other “Mom in Need” funds for other military branches have sprouted.

I really think that this inspiring woman and her hard work and selfless commitment to the Coast Guard and military families deserves to be recognized.

To prove how humble she is about this work, I’m her daughter and only learned about this amazing story a few months ago!



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