Herb’s smile!

What would you do if you knew a 65 year old veteran with Parkinson's disease who ran a facility for homeless people in metro Orlando, FL for over 25 years but needs help now?

My name is Cheryl Brandt and I would like to introduce you to my friend Herb. He was the director of the Anthony House, a transitional housing facility offering homeless families and individuals interim housing and life skills training which promote self-sufficiency and independence.  Prior to that, he served as member of the military police  in the Air Force during the Vietnam era.

His work at the Anthony House was appreciated by a friend from the Edith Bush Charitable Foundation which supports nonprofit organizations providing human services. At lunch with us he said, "Herb, you may never know how many lives you changed for the better!" 

Herb's compassionate nature showed year after year not only running the Anthony House but refusing salary increases so those additional funds could provide day care for those going back to school or hunting for jobs. Herb had to leave Anthony House at age 55 and take early retirement due to his advancing Parkinson's.

Herb was selfless in his desire to help others, and it is because of that I've often told him, "Now it's your turn to be on the receiving end of caring and love."

People and I  who have come to know and appreciate Herb have established a Go Fund Me campaign for him. One effect of his Parkinson's has been dental disease which has caused him to lose most of his teeth, but not his irrepressible smile! Herb is the most positive and hopeful person I've ever met. His faith continues to carry him through with a constant beautiful smile, despite only having 8 remaining teeth. 

Herb came in to my life over two years ago. I rented him a room for 4 months and he truly became a brother to me. It has become almost impossible for Herb to chew many foods. Herb's friends and I have included him in social gatherings, short hikes and dancing (his passion).
Because of his Parkinson's and few remaining teeth which also affect his speech, Herb feels some are hesitant to interact with him, making him feel self-conscious. 

Please help us (some of Herb's friends pictured) give Herb back the one thing back money can buy---a full set of teeth. The total cost is $16,000 for snap on dentures, discounted by the dentist. 

The procedure has already begun, and we have already raised $4,000 toward the cost, but we need help funding the completion in late July. Herb's son's wedding is in August, and we hope that Herb will have a new, confident for the family photos!

Your donation to our Go Fund Me campaign for Herb will make a positive difference in the life of a man who has made such a positive difference for others. 

Thank you, 
Cheryl Brandt 
& friends of Herb

Thanks for your time, 
Cheryl Brandt


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Cheryl Dean Brandt
The Villages, FL

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