USO replenishes toys in Fisher House for Families of the Fallen

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  • By Senior Airman Robert Gunn
  • AFMAO Public Affairs

Airmen assigned to Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations and a representative from USO Delaware purchased more than $2,000 in toys replacing the original toys at the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Dec. 9, 2015.

The toy purchase was a result of gift cards provided to the USO by the toy store.

The Airmen assigned to the Fisher House as managers on duty, along with USO Delaware Center Operations Supervisor Bill Flanders, spent more than three hours selecting toys for children of all ages. 

"We're here to support in any way we can, and this is something we can do to help out the Fisher House here at Dover," said Flanders.

The toys themselves provide the families with an opportunity to feel more comfortable and relaxed during a difficult period. "Providing an opportunity for the families of the fallen to feel comfortable and be able to start the grieving process is a key aspect of having these toys on hand," said Tech. Sgt. Dorothy Whitfield, NCO in charge. "For a small child or even an older one, they can look back and remember what they played with here and what helped them get through that tough time in their life."

While there are many Fisher Houses across the nation the one at Dover is unique. It serves the AFMAO mission by caring for families who come to Dover AFB to witness the dignified transfer of a loved one returning to American soil. 

"We provide that care, service and support to the families, even if it's just them knowing that we are here for them - that is our mission," said Whitfield. "The USO and the support they provide us help us fulfill that mission."

The USO Delaware supports the Fisher House year round by providing all of the food in the Fisher House for the families who stay there.