RAHWAY — In November, Lafayette Lodge #27 of Rahway made a donation to Home Front Hearts (HFH), a charity that provides support for families of military service members. Randi Cairns, founder of HFH, gave a brief talk to the lodge members and the Master of the Lodge, Lawrence Bodine.
Bodine, whose term ended in December, invited Cairns to speak about the history and mission of HFH. Cairns, whose husband has been deployed several times in the last few years and is a recipient of the Purple Heart, explained that she founded HFH in September 2008, and in that short time it has grown nationwide because of the needs it fills. She explained that military families struggle to “keep it together” on the home front and she knew many need assistance with finances, moral support, and mechanical support of home repairs etc. while their soldiers are away from home.
Cairns explained that the mission of HFH is to “serve the families that serve our country by: providing support and resources to the families of service members, increasing public awareness of the struggles and sacrifices, and…..in building communities that are responsive to the needs of these families.”
In closing, Cairns said that HFH “was born of my desire to honor those who serve, and their families….to give voice to the families who also serve when their loved ones are called to duty, and to call to action the communities in which they live.” Donations may be made on the website, www.Homefronthearts.org
To learn more about Lafayette Lodge #27, led in 2012 by Worshipful Master Michael Romano, visit may be contacted at www.Lafayette27.org or call 1-732-388-0309.
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