A few days ago, Sears made the following statement about discontinuing their Heroes at Home Wish Registry program:
Sears has long supported military families through many programs, including Heroes at Home. We are thankful for the generous support of our associates and members to the Heroes at Home Wish Registry, which raised more than $19 million in gift card donations since 2008 and helped over 100,000 families. We have discontinued the Wish Registry program this year and will continue to support military families through other initiatives. If you previously received a Wish Registry gift card, we encourage you to check the balance and use accordingly this holiday season.
Sears remains committed to supporting America’s troops and veterans – including our more than 30,000 veteran and 1,500 National Guard and Reserve associates – with more than 6,000 veterans hired over the past two years. The Heroes at Home program is a core component of our charitable efforts, and since 2007 we have worked with Rebuilding Together to turn $18 million in donations into more than $28 million in home value for more than 19,000 veterans and their families. We thank all those who serve and look forward to continuing our mission to uplift, assist and honor America’s military families.
One military spouse is very upset over the cancellation of this program stating, “This was the one way we were able to afford a holiday for our family. Sears is selfish for cancelling this and putting families through financial strains.” While another military spouses says, “Thank goodness! This program was wonderful, but spouses would get so upset over the amount or not getting accepted. Nothing is owed to us, Sears didn’t owe us anything!”
The Homefront United Network would like to thank Sears for the many years of support and although they have discontinued this program, we know they still are a huge supporter of military and families. What are your thoughts on the cancellation of this program?