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AMERICAN LEGION DISTRICT 9 RESPONDS TO CALL FOR VIRUS MITIGATION SUPPLIES

Thank You American Legion Franklin Park Post 974 & Combined Veterans of River Grove, American Legion Post 335 & VFW Post 5979!

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It Takes Military Veterans

FOFH-IL Board Member Partners with Illinois Posts for Productive

Supply Drives for Hines Fisher House Covid-19 Emergency Supplies

Illinois American Legion Posts 974, 335 & VFW Post 5979 Respond

With $2,500 of In-Kind & Monetary Drive-Up Donations

When the corona virus crisis forced social distancing changes at Hines Fisher House, FOFH-IL Board Director Ray Stripling was sidelined from regular volunteering at the Comfort Home. Ray immediately developed a productive way to assist military families during medical crises with drives to collect contributions of disinfectants, paper towels, bleach, masks, latex gloves, shoe covers, facial tissue, germ-killing sprays, wipes, cleaning agents, etc.

Hines Fisher House Manager Holly Wright added needed items for families including travel-sized deodorant, soap, conditioner; individually-wrapped snacks: pretzels, chips, cookies, nuts, etc.; paper plates; small fruit juice bottles.

Ray presented his idea to American Legion Posts 974 of Franklin Park and 335 of River Grove, Illinois, and Auxiliary members who immediately organized scheduled virus mitigation supplies drop-offs at both Posts’ parking lots.

Meanwhile, FOFH-IL has pledged funding of hotel accommodations with meals for military families facing medical crises during the corona virus outbreak.

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American Legion Post 974, Franklin Park, Illinois, Ready to Collect Parking Lot Deliveries at 1st Supply Drive of household virus mitigating contributions from veterans for Hines VA Fisher House. Pictured (l to r) are Ken Bishop, Sr. Vice Commander; Cathy Zito, American Legion 9th District Auxiliary President; Tony Siciliano, Commander; and volunteer Mitch Cervantes.

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American Legion Department of Illinois Sr. Vice Commander Wayne Fischer in Car Delivers Supplies to Post 974. Pictured (Standing l-r) are Past Illinois SAL Detachment Commander Eugene Gort; Ken Bishop, Sr. Vice Commander Post 974; Tony Siciliano, Commander – Post 974; and Cathy Zito, President – American Legion 9th District Auxiliary.

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Hines Fisher House Manager Holly Wright Is Delighted to Receive Some $1,200 of 1st Drive In-Kind Anti-virus Supplies from American Legion Post 974 Drive-Up Parking Lot Drive in Franklin Park, Illinois.

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Combined Posts Set for Business Collecting Supply Deliveries are (l-r) Lorenzo Fiorentino, AL Post 335 Commander; Salvatore Palazzolo, Jr. Vice Commander, VFW Post 5979; Anthony Fiorentino, Adjutant, Sons of American Legion, AL Post 335; and Shawn Schroeder, Commander, VFW Post 5979.

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Combined Veterans Posts Officers and Volunteers Display 2nd Drive Bounty of Supplies for Hines Fisher House in Midst of Corona virus Outbreak. Pictured (l-r) Lorenzo Fiorentino, American Legion Post 335 Commander; David Ruiz, Veterans Service Officer (VSO), American Legion Post 335 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5979; Salvatore Palazzolo, Jr. Vice Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5979; and Paul Palazzolo, American Legion and VFW volunteer.

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American Legion Post 335 & VFW Post 5979 Check Out Goods for Hines Fisher House pictured (l-r) Lorenzo Fiorentino, American Legion Post 335 Commander; Ray Stripling, FOFH-IL Board Director; Dale Tippett, American Legion Department of Illinois, First Division, 9th District Commander; Salvatore Palazzolo, Jr. Vice Commander, VFW Post 5979.

Reviewing 2nd Drive Supplies Contributions Worth Some $1,070 James Cooks, Hines Fisher House Assistant Manager, (left) and Salvatore Palazzolo, VFW Post 5979 Jr. Vice Commander.

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Military Families Express Heartfelt Appreciation

I’m overwhelmed by the impeccable service…this has been one of the most beautiful experiences under the circumstances for my Dad’s medical problems…grateful doesn’t cover how I feel and blessed.

 

This our first time at the Fisher House—how amazing it is! ...thank you for providing comfort when we’re feeling most uncertain of what our future holds…after long days at the hospital it’s so nice to find fellowship upon return “home.”

 

Back again..so nice to know the Fisher House and staff are here for us. Especially when there is so much unknown in the future of my husband’s health…you provide for us at a time when we are dealing with issues that sometimes overwhelm us.

 

The staff didn’t act like staff. They treated us like family. I thought it would be like living in barracks. Wow, was I wrong! I’m grateful to Fisher House..found a new charity that is near and dear to my heart.

 

This stay helped so much! God blessed me by allowing us to stay in the Fisher House which gives peace in this timed of need.

 

After being here 32 days, we are going home…Fisher House is a lifesaver..what a beautiful place! Thankful for everyone who touched our lives.

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