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Fundraiser That Helps Military Families

Posted at: 10/12/2012 6:53 PM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 6:59 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- Fisher Houses are homes that offer comfort to military families when they need it most. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center.

One local high school is making sure these homes have everything they need when it comes to helping our veterans.

Standing out front of Wal-Mart North, friends of marine vet Gary Gulickson. handed out flyer after flyer. They were once again helping Gulickson help veterans.

"I've been doing this for 23 years," said Gulickson.

Friday's event was to collect donations and funds to help out Minnesota's two Fisher Houses. Homes that take in military families while their loved ones are treated at the V.A. Hospital.

"If you think about a family who gets notified their love has been injured and the emotion of that, to have to pack up leave your home to go to a strange city, we just want to relieve some of that pressure," said Gulickson.

But this year Gulickson was in need of extra help, and he found it at John Marshall High School. Social Studies teacher Valerie Wassmer says her students were happy to help out with Gary's cause.

"Anytime someone comes to us for help particularly with veterans we want to be there as much as we can," said Wassmer.

The items they are collecting for the Fischer house include canned foods, paper products, cleaning and laundry supplies, as well as cash donations.

"Anything that you would put in your house, we need," said Gulickson.

The students plan to make this event an annual one.

"Anytime we can help the most important people in our community who haven't always received the best treatment because it's time that we really do treat our veterans right," said Wassmer.

"That's admirable, anytime we can get our youth involved in veterans issues," said Gulickson.

He says it's the least we can do for veterans and their families.

"We owe veterans more than we could repay, this is a small thing were doing compared to what they are doing today."

The fundraiser was scheduled to continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,  but with rain in the forecast they may postpone until next Saturday.