WOOD COUNTY – Heroes Ranch, located about 30 miles northeast of Tyler in Quitman, is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled veterans and their families.
Established in 2020 and covering over 250 acres, the Ranch is a fully accessible and adaptable trophy hunting ranch that offers exciting outdoor family adventures for the injured, sick, wounded or disabled.
Founder Freeman Sawyer said the ranch is currently in the process of building the Hero’s Hut and Patriot Pavilion and wanted to do something special for the future families that will stay at the ranch.
“With the foundation and framing nearing completion at the end of 2022, we wanted to do something special for every family that will stay there in the future,” he said.
The idea was for patriots to write inspirational messages on the foundations of buildings for future guests to read.
“The Letters from Home event gave patriots the opportunity to write inspiring messages, thoughts, prayers, Bible verses, words of encouragement and sincere thanks to the heroes who have sacrificed so much for us,” Sawyer said. “Patriots put their message right on the studs of the house, where they will forever be immortalized in the walls.”
More than 200 patriots gathered on New Year’s Eve for a touching event to share their feelings and words of gratitude.
“The group consisted of family members, friends, volunteers and others who wanted to help us bless these structures and those who remain in them,” Sawyer said. “Everyone left with a full heart and a full stomach thanks to the excellent BBQ prepared by East Texas Rust BBQ.”
Sawyer explained that the event was a small gesture for those who have donated so much and hopes the messages will bless everyone who stays at the ranch.
“Our Heroes and their families made sacrifices, served selflessly and gave so much to secure our freedom. We want to do our best to serve those who have served us,” he said. “I hope these inspiring messages help strengthen the foundation of this structure and bless all those who remain in this home in the future.”
Sawyer said he hopes to have the Heroes Cabin and Patriot Pavilion completed by the summer, with help from First Texas Homes, who helped with design, sales and materials.
For those unable to attend the event, Sawyer said a link has been added to the ranch’s website where anyone can leave their name and message.
“We had a lot of people who couldn’t attend but asked us to post their messages within the walls of the Heroes’ Hut. We have installed a link on our website,” he said. “The Letters from Home tab at the top of the page will take you to where you can send your name and your message. We will print your message and post it in the house.”
For more information, visit the Helping Heroes Hunt website.