Acts of Kindness
Heiress charters private jet for Marine and his dogs
What she did for this Marine is so kind!
Rachel Shapiro
09.14.21

As a Marine, you often don’t get to choose where you live — you go where you’re stationed. This was what happened to United States Marine Andrew Morales. Morales and his wife were living in California when they learned Morales was being stationed in North Carolina. So, they packed up to leave.

There was one problem, though: Morales’ two dogs weren’t able to fly on a commercial airplane because they were too big.

Thankfully, though, an unexpected hero stepped in: Helen Rosburg. Rosburg is the great-granddaughter of William Wrigley, of Wrigley’s chewing gum.

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Upon hearing the news that Andrew and his family would have to leave their pets behind, Helen simply sent a private jet for them to use.

“He was going to lose his dogs and I said ‘Not on my watch,'” Helen recalls. “He’s a hero on so many different levels. The Wrigleys are an extremely patriotic family and I am a true Wrigley child.”

The US Marine shared a great emotional bond with his dogs Dusty and Wyatt, as he saved them from an overseas military tour a couple of years ago.

The two Anatolian Shepards and Andrew have been best friends with him ever since.

“In Afghanistan, they are pretty much your best friend,” Andrew told WWAY.

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Andrew and his family had to move as the soldier was reassigned from the south of California to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Even though Andrew got in touch with all the airlines to see if his dogs could travel with him, he always got the same answer: his dogs were simply too large to be transported on a commercial airplane.

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As he didn’t know what to do next, he called the rescue league that was responsible for helping in their rescue from Afghanistan.

Thanks to the rescue league, Andrew’s story quickly spread online.

Helen found out about Andrew and his dogs because one of her friends had shared a post on her Facebook timeline. Helen is an avid supporter of the military and animal rescues – so she immediately wanted to help. Helen is also the founder of the On The Wings of Angels Rescue organization.

“Everybody in my circle knows what I do,” the good Samaritan said. “If they see an impossible situation, they’ll post something to my [Facebook] timeline.”

As you can imagine, Andrew and his family were absolutely thrilled to hear that there was a solution for them.

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“From the bottom of me and my wife’s hearts we really appreciate what she did for us,” the US Marine said.

The Morales family would love to be able to thank Helen in person, and it looks like that might happen as Helen has said that she would absolutely want to meet them and that they’ve just “got a find a way to get together.”

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We’re so glad that the family was able to stay together, and this just goes to show how much a simple act of kindness can mean for someone.

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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