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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.





Military Families Express Heartfelt Appreciation

Fisher House is a Godsend. So many of us want to be with our family members but can’t always afford it with the cost of travel, lodging and food. Thanks to Fisher House we can!

What a blessing! The Fisher House has relieved me of so much stress. Don’t know what I would have done.

This is such a great opportunity for families of veterans affected by war and illness. It warms my heart to see the government, community, families and those who serve out nation working together for the greater good.

My grandmother and I stayed at the Fisher House to keep my father company during his long treatment/recovery… If not for this home, my father would have been a sad and lonely man.

…The Fisher House provides peace of mind for the patient as well as their family…the manager and staff are a true blessing…

Military Families Hosted