Extraordinary People: Local non-profit helps military wives, moms around the world

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - One locally based non-profit has a very clear mission -- to support the women who support our military troops.

Vickie Durfee , executive director of Full Circle Home, dedicates much of her time to helping our troops.

"Full Circle Home started when my son was deployed and asked me to send something to his girlfriend," Durfee said. "I put together 12 little boxes for Christmas. She of course was delighted, but when I talked to my son afterwards, I realized the gift was for him as well."

During its first year, her budding not-for-profit mailed 150 women gifts. Lisa Miller, a fellow military mom, quickly got on board. 

"My son said, 'Every base I'm on, we have hangars and barracks full of Girl Scout Cookies and Slim Jims and white socks,'" said Miller, the organization's director. "People love to send things to the troops, but they forget about these women at home, and they don't take care of themselves."

Over the last 11 years, what started as a small Rochester-based project has now mailed thousands of women across the country 12 small gifts each Christmas.

"Nobody knows what that feels like until they've lived it," Miller said. "We're just trying to make it all little easier for all those women out there."

"Just because my son was home, it didn't mean that I could stop," Durfee said. "I always said 'thank goodness there are young men and women willing to do this,' and never expecting it was going to be my son, but it was. So I want to be there for all of them and their moms, their wives, their grandmas, their sisters."

This Christmas, 12,000 tiny boxes will be wrapped into 1,000 gifts to go to women all over the country. It's a full circle because our nation's heroes want to give back to their heroes here at home.

Click here to learn more about Full Circle Home, or to donate now.


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