Remembering our legacy and our founding supporter, John Stross,
HEAVENDROPt is an innovative Social Enterprise Project inspired by a tour of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, that was offered by local businessman and philanthropist John Stross. During the tour, John Stross (Co-Founder of Remember Honor Support) and Sue Buchholtz (CEO of Evergreen Life Services) had the opportunity to witness the preparation and examination of military parachutes on the base.
Sue, a visionary, immediately considered the potential reuse of these military parachutes beyond active service. Soon the question evolved to, “How can we develop products from the discarded parachutes and employ people with disabilities to create them?” Sharing Sue’s vision, John Stross joined her crusade becoming the founding supporter of HEAVENDROPt.
HEAVENDROPt, a social enterprise program of Evergreen Life Services, is giving military parachutes and people with disabilities a second chance. This program is providing meaningful work, at a competitive hourly wage, and honoring veterans who have served our country.
John Stross and Jo Brower (Co-Founders of Remember Honor Support) gave HEAVENDROPt the opportunity to launch our first product, our one-size-fit-all Cause Bracelet, at the Patriot Day Breakfast in 2013, in St Petersburg, FL. The Patriot Day Breakfast honors our military heroes, first responders and families of the fallen each year on the September 11th anniversary.
Remember Honor Support invites veterans, first responders and active duty military to the event as honored guests, supported by the business community. That year, each veteran, active duty military, and sponsor received a HEAVENDROPt Cause Bracelet. HEAVENDROPt was also thrilled to donate approximately $5,000 in product and sales made that day.
In honor of John Stross’s commitment to HEAVENDROPt, beginning on 9/11, we will donate 5% of sales to Remember Honor Support, a nonprofit organization supporting our communities by remembering, honoring and supporting our veterans, wounded warriors, first responders and the families of the fallen. Show your support; purchase a Cause Bracelet from our website and 5% of the purchase price will be donated to Remember Honor Support.