11/15/2012 – JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C — The members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard welocmed a special guest to their campus here Oct. 24.
Sixteen year old Bailey Reese, who was one of less than 30 Americans selected to carry the Olympic Torch to represent her country at the 2012 Games in London, brought her torch with her to show the honor guard members.
“It’s because of them I was able to go and represent our country in the Olympic Games,” Bailey said. “I wanted to share the experience with them as a way to say thank you.”
Bailey was nominated by Coca-Cola to carry the torch because of the work she has done through her non-profit organization Hero Hugs, which she started when she was seven years old. [Hero Hugs on Facebook.]
Hero Hugs takes donations from around the U.S. and sends care packages to service members overseas.
“I’ve been doing this for nine years now, and we’ve raised almost a million dollars and sent out more than 80 thousand care packages out through Hero Hugs.” Click here for more of the story.