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The Desert Eagles Nest Thrift Store where all proceeds go to the APK Charities Direct Assistance Program

The Desert Eagles Nest Thrift Store is Now Open!

The Desert Eagles Nest Thrift Store where all proceeds go to the APK Charities Direct Assistance Program Located at 170 Fort Path Rd., Unit 14. Madison, CT, it’s a store with a little bit of everything for your home and family. Do you have items you were planning to sell at a tag sale? Trust…

Helen Pedersen-Keiser is the president of the Connecticut Department of the American Gold Star Mothers

APK Charities Founders Attend Dedication Celebration for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Berlin, CT

A new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) honoring the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military has been erected in Berlin Connecticut. Site location: Berlin Veterans Memorial Park Veterans Way Berlin CT 06037 Bob and Helen attended the dedication celebration on Saturday, April 23 at Berlin Veterans…

Pampered Chef: Shop Today for APK!

Pampered Chef: Shop Today for APK!

Join an online Pampered Chef party from March 5th through the 13th to benefit APK! Every penny earned goes directly to APK’s Direct Assistance Program helping CT Veterans in need. Click here to shop today! Thanks so much for your support, – Helen and Bob

APK Charities' Bob Keiser and New England Patriots' Robert Kraft at the Myra Kraft MVP Awards

APK Charities is a Proud Recipient of the 2021 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

APK Charities is a proud recipient of the 2021 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award! It’s awarded to “those who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.” The New England Patriots Foundation donates $225,000 each year to selected non-profit organizations located in New England. There are twenty $10,000 winners and one…

The Big WEHA Bear Fair Sneak Peek

Get set for The Big ‘WEHA Bear Fair Reveal’

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—The 2021 WEHA Bear Fair will officially dance into town in just a few weeks. But organizers are so excited, they couldn’t resist the temptation to get the party started NOW! “You can feel the excitement building throughout the entire town of West Hartford. The anticipation is palpable!” says Tom Hickey, President of…

Helen Pederen-Keiser was recently interviewed by NBC Connecticut regarding the heartbreak that's unfolding in Afghanistan.

NBC-30: Connecticut Gold Star Family Disheartened by Scenes in Afghanistan

Helen Pederen-Keiser was recently interviewed by NBC Connecticut regarding the heartbreak that’s unfolding in Afghanistan. Please see the video below. “A Connecticut family whose son was killed in the War in Afghanistan say they are sickened by what is happening in the country where he made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Wallingford Lions Club scholarship recipient Torres Alexandra

Torres Munoz Alexandra is recipient of Wallingford Lions Club scholarship on behalf of APK Charities

On behalf of APK, the Wallingford Lions Club awarded a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving student, Torres Munoz Alexandra, in Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel’s name. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Lyman Hall or Mark T Sheehan high schools in Wallingford. Winners are judged on academics, school activities, sports and community service. Ms.…

Thank you, NYPD and Goldstar family of Duane Cantrell

Thank you, New York and the Goldstar Family of CW2 Duane Cantrell

From APK Charities, thank you so much to the NYPD and the NYPD Harbor Police. You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for supporting APK Charities and Goldstar families. To the Goldstar family of CW2 Duane Cantrell, so happy we met and were able to spend time with you! Love, Helen, Bob, and the…

APK Charities General Fund in Memory of Captain Andrew M Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces

APK Charities Ruck March: “It helped us have purpose again”

380-mile trek traces life of state native, Andrew Pedersen-Keel, killed in Afghanistan A group of about a dozen people began a 380-mile journey Tuesday, and not by car, train, bus or bike, but on foot. Some were rucking, carrying 35-pound camouflage backpacks. One couple pushed a stroller with their young daughter. While participants would alternate…

CT soldier Andrew Pedersen-Keel to be honored at NASCAR race

CT soldier Andrew Pedersen-Keel to be honored at NASCAR race

Fallen CT soldier to be honored at NASCAR race by Meghan Friedmann [email protected] Reprinted with permission A local fallen soldier is getting a special honor this Memorial Day: Army Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, who grew up in Wallingford, will have his name featured on a race car during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. “It’s a way to…

AmazonSmile will now contribute a percentage of your Amazon purchases directly to APK Charities.

You shop. AmazonSmile gives to APK Charities!

A donation that doesn’t cost you a penny — Amazon Smile AmazonSmile will now contribute a percentage of your Amazon purchases directly to APK Charities. It costs you nothing; the donation comes entirely from Amazon. For every $100 spent, 50¢ goes to helping CT Veterans in need. It’s that easy and it doesn’t cost you…

Bob and Helen hold up the sign for the section of Rte 79 named after their son, Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel

Shoreline Times: Ruck 2 Remember in Guilford Nov. 2 in honor of Madison Army Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel

By Sarah Page Kyrcz Oct 29, 2019 Reprinted with permission GUILFORD — On your mark, get set, ruck! When the sixth annual APK 5K Run/Ruck/Walk and Kids Fun Run at Guilford Fair Grounds kicks off, among the sea of runners will be 20 participants from the 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, N.C., who…

Helen and Bob packing boxes with Jan Cameron.

Shoreline group provides deployed soldiers with the comforts of home

By Sarah Page Kyrcz of the Shoreline Times | Reprinted with permission. MADISON — Soldiers deployed overseas often hanker for the creature comforts of home, such as coffee, tea, beef jerky, instant soup, candy, hand sanitizer, soap and magazines. Through the generosity of one local organization, these items and many more are en route to…

Mission to Honor Gold Star Families Comes to Connecticut Shoreline

During visits to all 50 states, retired Navy veteran Keith Sherman met with the parents of Army Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel in Madison By Justin Schecker, Reporter, NBC Connecticut Published Jun 26, 2019 Reprinted with permission from NBC Connecticut http://https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Navy-Vet-Wants-to-Keep-Memories-of-Fallen-Heroes-Alive_Hartford-511860012.html A retired Navy veteran is on a mission to make sure the stories of fallen heroes…

U.S. Navy 4 Star Admiral William H. McRaven speaks to Gold Star Families at the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament

U.S. Navy 4 Star Admiral William H. McRaven speaks to Gold Star Families at the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament

U.S. Navy 4 Star Admiral William H. McRaven speaks to Gold Star Families at the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament Bob and Helen recently attended the Brian R. Bill Memorial Golf Tournament in Darien. Gold Star Families of Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, Navy Seal, Army Spc Wilfreso Perez Jr., 4th Infantry Division…

Helen Keiser-Pedersen, Gold Star Mother of CPT Andrew Pedersen-Keel speaks at Memorial Day Parade, Madison, CT

Helen Keiser-Pedersen, Gold Star Mother, speaks at Memorial Day Parade, Madison, CT

Helen Keiser-Pedersen, Gold Star Mother of CPT Andrew Pedersen-Keel speaks at Memorial Day Parade, Madison, CT. Please follow this link for the video. Thank you, Dottie Packer, for the video.

Celebrate Andrew Pedersen-Keel's birthday with free hero WODs at the CrossFit New Haven at District Athletic Club in New Haven, CT

Celebrate Andrew Pedersen-Keel’s birthday with free hero WODs at CrossFit New Haven

June 8, 2019 would have been PK’s 35th birthday. We’re celebrating by having hero WODs at CrossFit New Haven at the District Athletic Club in New Haven, CT. What is a hero WOD? It’s a workout of the day — WOD, get it? — in tribute to a fallen member of the military who died…

Bob and Helen attend Tuesday’s Children fundraiser at the Plandome Country Club

Bob and Helen attend Tuesday’s Children fundraiser at the Plandome Country Club

Bob and Helen attended last week’s Tuesday’s Children fundraiser at the Plandome Country Club. This organization supports 9/11 families and first responders, assists Military Families of the Fallen, and is there for communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Tuesday’s Children honored Andrew’s Gold Star mother, the beautiful Helen Pedersen-Keiser!

Limited edition Nine Line Apparel T-shirts with the motto "Never Falter. Never Quit" are now available to order! Nine Line Apparel has generously donated 100% of the proceeds to APK Charities.

Limited Edition Nine Line T-Shirts “Never Falter. Never Quit” Now Available

Limited edition Nine Line Apparel T-shirts with the motto “Never Falter. Never Quit” are now available to order! Nine Line Apparel has generously donated 100% of the proceeds to APK Charities. Click here to buy but hurry! These fabulous T-shirts that help our vets and vet families are only available for a limited time. You…