This week, the service organization Mission Overwatch will host its first ever spirit night fundraiser at Buffalo’s Cafe in Cumming to help support its mission to provide services to disabled veterans and first responders.
According to Mission Overwatch co-founder Troy Embrey, the event will last from 6-9 p.m. April 12, and 15 percent of sales from the night will go toward the work the group does in the community.
“We just believe in giving back to the people who have given to us,” Embrey said.
He said the organization currently works with six individuals or families within in the community, helping them with yard work and other tasks. He said the group is currently in talks with about 12 more individuals about how Mission Overwatch can help them.
“Just as important as the donations and sponsorships, is awareness. People need to know what we do … the word is getting out, it’s just slow,” he said.
He said that in the future they would like to expand into the surrounding counties and help people from those communities too.
“Any fireman that gets hurt responding to a call, any law enforcement, we believe that they shouldn’t have to pay for things like getting their grass cut while they are recovering,” he said.
Co-founders Embrey and Stephen Maddox each served more than a decade with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Maddox, who now works for Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, said he originally had the idea when he was sidelined with injuries.
“I was out due to medical reasons, recovering from back surgeries and just got the idea when it appeared I would not be able to return to work, to start a non-profit to help disabled veterans and seniors and injured first responders, like me,” Maddox said.
One local person has experienced the work that Mission Overwatch does, firsthand. Marjorie Reeves said that she will remember what the men did for the rest of her life.
“I can’t tell you what a joy it was, three handsome men show up in cars and trucks, and went to work pulling every weed out there,” she said.
She said that the men went above and beyond the weeding she needed done, even replanting one of her plants in her yard.
“And I can’t tell you what a good job they did, all the while laughing and having a good time,” she said.