OATH is absolutely thrilled to partner with Xtreme Hope for this year’s OATH Memorial Walk. Through the combined efforts of both networks, we are confident that we can use this partnership to better the lives of many Veterans and their families.
Daniel Contreras, Executive Director of Xtreme Hope says, “I have always had a heart to serve, but it wasn’t until Hurricane Harvey when it hit me. We lived in Katy when Harvey struck. We had been Katy residence for 15 years…this was our home our family. When the water began to rise, we thought all was ok. But it didn’t stop. We were stuck in our home for 3 days, however we never lost power or water. We were very fortunate, unlike many in Houston and surrounding areas. Once I was able to get out I was on a boat for 6 days helping anywhere I could. After that I was unable to work so I loaded my tools and went to volunteer and help anyone I could. After months of this I saw a need…a need I could meet. I also saw a flaw in the system. I set out to fix the issue. Xtreme Hope was birthed. What started as a way help those affected by natural disasters, turned it into an Organization dedicated to helping those in need. As a Navy Veteran I saw a lot of vets that needed assistance and many others as well. Our Mission is to help Veterans, elderly, single parents, those in financial crisis and anyone affected by a natural disaster to rebuild their homes, make necessary repairs and restore dignity. We are excited and honored to partner with OATH and to participate in the May March. We are eager to raise awareness and funds to continue to support are Veterans.”
The OATH Memorial Walk began in 2016 when Gary Bartels, the OATH Founder and Executive Director, decided to walk from Houston, Texas to his hometown of Kountze, Texas to honor the Texans who fought and died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Gary walked 150.25 miles in 4 days, averaging 37.5 miles a day ! Based on the outpouring of support and encouragement OATH received for that first Memorial Walk, Gary said he knew that this would be an annual event. The following year, the OATH Walking Team grew with more members, and since 2016, the Team has walked close to 2,000 miles ! For the entire duration of the walk, the Team wears a rucksack which carries a notebook containing a photo of each of those fallen Heroes, as well as a set of dogtags for each. The memory and the legacy of these Heroes are with the Team every step of the way!
In partnering with Xtreme Hope, OATH is excited to not only gain more awareness for our OATH Memorial Walk to honor these fallen Heroes, but to also bring exposure to what we think is another great organization ! Your donation, no matter how small, allows both OATH and Xtreme Hope to bridge the existing gap of support and help folks in need. Whether it’s $5, $10 or $100, each and every dollar matters as we directly impact Heroes on your behalf!
If you would like to donate and help support this year’s OATH Memorial Walk and both organizations, you can do so by using the PayPal link below. PLEASE USE THE “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” OPTION !! This PayPal link has a short reference code implemented that will earmark your donated funds for our partnership, so at the end of the endeavor, OATH can split the amount collected right down the middle with Xtreme Hope ! Once you complete your online donation, a electronic receipt will be sent to your email address. Please retain this receipt for your tax records.
If you’d like to donate by check, please mail a check to the below address (made payable to OATH), and write “OATH / XH” in the memo section of your check. Upon receipt of your check, you will be sent a donation receipt for your tax records.
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