Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Hailee Strandgard as the recipient of the “Hero Among Us” honor on November 7th. Hailee is a 7 year old girl who wants to make sure that this year everyone gets a Christmas. Last year when Hailee found out that some families can’t afford presents on Christmas Hailee asked her mom if she could donate all of her presents. Hailee also wanted to reach out to other families for help. In 2012, motivated by their 6 year old daughter, the Strandgard family put together a charity drive to gather blankets, toys and stuffed animals for The Road Home. This year the first grader is at it again and has already gathered twice as many donations as last year. Along with blankets and toys Hailee is also gathering canned food and raising money to purchase supplies to make one hundred and fifty sandwiches for the Salvation Army. Hailee is determined to do everything she can to bring the holidays to those in need.
Hailee Strandgard, her mother, Dan Clayton, and Real Salt Lake Representative Andy Carroll.