When Andrew Frizzell’s 8th birthday was coming up, he approached his mother and father with his birthday wish list.
Andrew had decided that instead of gifts, he wanted his family and friends to donate money to A Soldier’s Child Foundation in the amount that they would have spent on him. Andrew’s parents replied that it was a wonderful idea and encouraged him to give one-half of his birthday gifts (money) to ASC and to enjoy the other half in celebration of his birthday.
Andrew insisted that all of the money go to ASC. Later that week, Lance Frizzell, Andrew’s father and Chief of Staff for Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, contacted Daryl Mackin about Andrew’s mission. You see, this story goes a little deeper. Andrew’s father is a veteran who served two tours with Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Andrew realized that his father returned home to his family.
Out of compassion, Andrew wanted to give back to the children that had lost a parent. That first year Andrew and his big heart was featured on the front page of the Daily News Journal. For Andrew’s 8th birthday, family and friends donated almost $400. On his 9th birthday, he did it again, and raised almost $600. In 2014, Andrew did it for a third year in a row and raised $900.
#belikeandrew is a simple idea for all of us that care about the children left behind. Those of us that realize that we have our families and they have us should be a reminder that we too can be like Andrew and give back to the children of our fallen servicemen and woman.
So this year, YOU have a very unique opportunity! Plan your own birthday party! Invite your friends and family over. But before you do all of that, tell them that you too want to #belikeandrew. Share this link and have your friends and family donate in honor of you. Set a goal of how much you would like to raise and you’ll receive updates as the funds come in. Once you raise $250, we will mail you a #belikeandrew t-shirt that we hope you will wear on your birthday.