There have been a number of popular songs that have referenced the “Arms of an Angel” somewhere in their titles. Some have been about sadness, while others have referenced hope.
An organization that began in September of 2013 in Collier County brings that song’s title to the minds of those that think about the good that has been done each year since its founding. Its strength lies in the hard work and dedication of its founders and volunteers. Not a single person receives a paycheck or any other reimbursements.
These wonderful individuals do it out of respect and love for those they have come together to serve and honor in a unique and special way.
I am speaking about those volunteers of the Collier-Lee Honor Flight. Their mission is to transport local Veterans to Washington, D.C. to spend the day visiting those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
The congregation of the United Church of Marco Island chose to be the air under the wings of the angels who volunteer for that organization when they presented a check for $13,600 to help support the important work honoring our veterans which is done by the Collier-Lee Honor Flight. They chose to donate the entire proceeds of the Easter Sunday service to the group during a special award ceremony late in May.
The church is also the sponsoring agent for the popular Bargain Basket Thrift Shop, located at 750 Bald Eagle Drive and has been in operation on the island since 1975. The proceeds from the operation of the popular thrift shop go to support various charities both on and off the island.
The inaugural flight of Collier-Lee Honor Flight or Mission 1 was held on November 9, 2013, and since then approximately 1200 World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans have made that emotional trip. The 20th Mission will take place on September 1, 2019.
Due to the popularity of the program priority is given to World War II Veterans, then Korea and Vietnam. Veterans who are ailing with terminal illnesses are also prioritized. Both men and women who served our nation in uniform are honored as part of the program.
The efforts are entirely funded through the generosity of individuals, organizations, and businesses. Each mission cost approximately $100,000 to fund and no monies are received through governmental funding. The Honor Flight is a 501 (c) 3 organization and as such all donations are tax deductible.
To learn more about how you can help with the mission of the Collier-Lee Honor Flight you can visit their website at www.collierhonorflight.org or call (239) 777-9295. More information regarding the United Church of Marco Island can be found at www.ucmarco.org or by calling (239) 394-6572.