Charity flies Lancaster County airman home for Christmas

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A Reamstown, Lancaster County family has gotten a special delivery just in time for Christmas. Their son, John Heinsey, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is home, and it’s all thanks to the non-profit, Let’s Bring ‘Em Home.

“Skyping and texting are fine, but having an actual body in person is better yet,” said Glenn Heinsey, John’s father.

John’s $1400 plane ticket home was paid for by Let’s Bring ‘Em Home. The group’s website lists more than 100 military service members who’ve gotten their flights home covered by donations. John said he wouldn’t have been able to make the trip without the help.

“It would have been, pretty much my whole bank account,” John said.

Glenn Heinsey is an Air Force veteran himself, and said he knows how hard it is to be stationed far from home.

“Being single is not fun in the military, it seems like you’re just out there by yourself and lonely,” Glenn said.

But his son John will definitely not be lonely this Christmas.

“I plan to spend a lot of time with my family and my girlfriend,” John said.

The Heinseys’ encourage anyone looking to give to a particular charity this holiday season to consider Let’s Bring ‘Em Home.

“This one in particular is near to our heart anyway, because we got our son for Christmas,” Glenn said. “That’s a beautiful Christmas present.”

To find out more about Let’s Bring ‘Em Home and to donate to the cause, visit the organization’s website here.


  • T. R.

    That's great. I'm glad for the family. I haven't seen my son who's in the Air Force in almost two years. Wish I'd known about this. He won't be home for Christmas again either.

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