About us

Little Patriots Embraced is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. The organization was incorporated in the State of Missouri in 2004.  Our mission is to enhance the lives of our Military families in need, while their loved one is protecting our freedom.

Our objective is to help reduce the emotional stress that military family members have due to separation, relocation or the death of a loved one. And to recognize our military families and their children for their service to our country, and their personal sacrifices. We do this through our exclusive programs. Our main focus is on the children. 

Our programs include the MD-TEC Fund, also known as our Family Crisis Fund. This program provides financial assistance in the form of tuition for children’s summer camps, family financial support in times of emergency or family crisis and financial assistance for child care. We also plan and carry out special events such our annual LPE Holiday Toy Drive and Family Adoption program to benefit military children and their family at the holiday.  We carry out  Youth Activities including teddy bear drops for the children of active military personnel, where every child receives a LPE teddy bear or our Deployment Package. Finally, our LPE Military Youth Tour takes our youth development programs, including Project Bear Essential (PBE) and Military Kids – Fit For Life, to military bases and installations across the country. Our tour allows us to touch the lives of so many more children. 

We encourage you to review the pages on this site and learn more about our activities and programs. 



“I find it hard to put into words, the personal gratification I receive while serving our military families and their children. It was over 11 years ago when I committed myself to LPE, and I’ve never been sorry! Every time I see a smile on the faces of those children we serve, or receive a thank-you note from a child, it truly warms my heart and makes all of this worth doing. I firmly believe that service refines and purifies us, and it brings out the best in us. I encourage everyone to become involved in serving others.”

Carol Watanabe
Founder & Executive Director



Little Patriots Embraced is comprised of an Executive Board of Directors whose primary responsibility is oversight. Those working within the organization have a responsibility to manage both the organization and programs, reporting to the Board of Directors in all important matters.

Fundraising activities are conducted under the supervision of our Director of Development. Our organization conducts an array of activities throughout the year that include “Pennies for Little Patriots” (cash containers where we collect cash donations), golf tournaments, auctions, benefit concerts, and other events that will increase public awareness of Little Patriots Embraced while generating monetary donations from the general public. In addition, we are actively seeking grants and corporate partnerships.

LPE also has an Advisory Committee and Honorary Members who assist our Executive Board of Directors in their efforts. These great people believe in our objectives and goals and act as advisors donating time and money, as well as securing in-kind donations to our organization.

If you are interested in participating in our organization whether on our Advisory Committee or as an Honorary Board Member, you can find more information here.



2014 Tax Return

2013 Tax Return

501 (c)(3) Little Patriots Embraced

For a copy of our Annual Report please contact our office by email .


For more information on our organization, contact our office

Additionally you can always reach us by phone –
Toll Free: 877-448-3573 (877-GIVE-LPE)
Local (in St. Louis area): 314-821-5800



Carol Watanabe
Executive Director



Carol Watanabe
Executive Director

Marie Christine Williams
Vice President

Holli Kercher

Sarah Roberts

Dawn Greenwell
Janette Nicholson
Sally Weigel
Ann Roberts
Karl Lund



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