Wounded Warrior Project will give Ohio families a Christmas to remember

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    The Wounded Warrior Project organized an event for families in Ohio to cut down christmas trees, open presents, and a visit to santa Claus.

    (Rob Louis/Wounded Warrior Project)

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    A child opens his holiday gifts at the event, which was organized by the Wounded Warrior Project Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

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    Veterans, families got the chance to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the event in Ohio.

    (Rob Louis/Wounded Warrior Project)

Families across the state of Ohio were able to in the spirit of the holiday last week in the Wounded Warrior Project treated the veterans and their loved ones with a heartwarming Christmas experience.

Wounded US military veterans, along with spouses, parents and children, were given the opportunity to cut down their own christmas tree at Pine Tree Barn in Wooster last Wednesday as part of an effort to wounded veterans together for the holidays.

“It’s a busy time of the year, so any time we can give these men and women a chance to come together, which we do,” Rob Louis of the Wounded Warrior Project told Fox News.

A family cuts their own tree as part of the Wounded Warrior Project holiday event at the Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, Ohio.

(Rob Louis/Wounded Warrior Project)

Ten families from all corners of Ohio were able to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, open presents, spend time with other families in similar situations, and cut down a christmas tree referred to by Louis as “a good old Clark Griswold moment” in reference to the well-known holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

“This time of year, the holidays, everything is so busy and you don’t really have a chance to stop and think,” Louis said. “So this is the kind of getaway gives families the time to take a break.”

A seriously wounded veteran was able to get his picture with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Wounded Warrior Project-Pfizer event in Ohio.

(Rob Louis/Wounded Warrior Project)

The event, organized with the help of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, “meant a lot” to the wounded veterans and their families.

“They can’t make large Christmas events for their children, because they do not have the income that they when they were active duty,” Louis said of the veterans.

Children were able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as part of the event.

(Rob Louis/Wounded Warrior Project)

Louis added that “Seeing these children as they make their gifts … the way their faces lit up was amazing.”

The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that is focused on the mental health of the wounded AMERICAN veterans, Louis said, and noted that an event like this, “get these men and women of the house, they connected with other veterans.”

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