Hero Organizations Involved

Nantucket Holidays for Heroes


Holidays for Heroes was founded by Tom McCann in 2012 and focuses on 3 main programs:

Holidays For Heroes Experiences
Holidays for Heroes Experiences center on Memorial Day, Independence Day and 9/11; three national holidays that honor America and the brave men and women who fight to preserve our freedoms. Behind every hero there is a family who has loved, supported, and sacrificed. Holidays for Heroes seeks to repay each hero as a family unit. In so doing, Holidays for Heroes fills a niche that is too often left unattended. Our wounded Heroes and their families are hosted to a sorely needed, all-inclusive, Nantucket dream-come-true vacation retreat.

American Dream Awards

From $2,500 to $25,000, American Dream Awards further education & training or small business start-ups for Heroes committed to building a future.

Service Dogs for Heroes

This program creates a national network that provides connectivity between worthy veterans, accredited service dog providers, and benevolent supporters who want to help create an efficient pipeline to pair highly trained service dogs with wounded military veteran to improve the lives of these heroes.

For more information or to donate, visit: www.holidaysforheroes.com

Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund


The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund is designed to support local military families in need of financial assistance, wounded warriors and their families, and members of Law Enforcement. The Xiarhos family started the fund in memory of Nicholas G. Xiarhos, a marine who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 while going to the rescue of his fellow marines in combat.

The fund provides support to many other programs including:

The Nicholas G. Xiarhos “Does Most for Others” Annual Scholarship is dedicated to the male and female graduate who steps forward by living a life of service and does the most for others in need.

Team Big Nick runs road races in honor of those who no longer can in support of charities all over the United States.

Cape Wags for Tags is a special program in partnership with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cape Cod which includes in-home pet socialization and fee waived pet adoptions for U.S. Veterans.

For more information or to donate, visit: www.cplngx.com

MSPCA – Cape Cod


The goal of the MSPCA-Cape Cod is to function as the primary resource for animal welfare issues on Cape Cod. The MSPCA-Cape Cod cares for and helps over 1,500 local and homeless animals each year. Animals are provided with the best medical and behavioral support possible and are never turned away as the MSPCA is the only open-admission shelter on Cape Cod. In an effort to focus on keeping pets and families together, the MSPCA has significantly increased offerings such as the food pantry, low cost spay/neuter programs, and rabies vaccination clinics. Cape Wags for Tags has launched a pet visitation program and adoption program for veterans.

The new facility, projected to open in 2017, will allow the MSPCA-Cape Cod the space to further develop programs designed to support all aspects of responsible pet ownership as well as expand its educational offerings for the children in its community including reading programs, volunteer opportunities, and eventually a summer camp.

The MSPCA-Cape Cod will be an environmentally responsible building with three distinct sections: Education, Medical Care, and Adoption. These three wings will represent the cornerstone of its mission to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.

For more information or to donate, visit: www.mspca.org

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