The DeKalb Fire Department has just begun a fundraiser to purchase a new vehicle for a local wounded veteran by selling custom T-shirts featuring the NIU Husky logo on the left sleeve. Their goal is to sell 4,000 T-shirts to raise $30,000 by this November!
A little history: In May of 2009 the Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local 2, began a program to help our wounded American soldiers who were returning home with severe disabilities and amputations. The program was well received by not only the Chicago FIRE/EMS and families but by many locals of the Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI). They quickly took notice that minimal funds were being returned to our communities in Illinois. In 2010 they began to use some of the funds to help purchase new vehicles for our locally wounded veterans. Although they could never repay a soldier for the sacrifices they made, the joy in the face of a soldier who paid so high a price was invaluable. Realizing that 100% of the profits were going to buy cars for the wounded and not paying large salaries made it much easier for supporters to help the cause. Therefore, in March of 2012 the AFFI Warrior Program was born. Already, the AFFI Warrior Program has given away three new cars to three severely wounded heroes.
The DeKalb Fire Department has begun a fund raising campaign for the AFFI Warrior Program. The DeKalb Firefighters Union, Local 1236, has come up with a custom T-shirt to show their support of local wounded veterans. In order to purchase a vehicle to give away to a local wounded veteran, they need to raise $30,000. That’s right- their goal is to give away a vehicle to a local wounded veteran. This will be achieved by a combination of shirt sales and monetary donations.
The DeKalb Fire Department is currently selling custom T-shirts for $15.00. You can be confident that 100% of all profits earned for the AFFI Warrior Program by the DeKalb Fire Department will go directly to helping a local wounded veteran. All contributions are tax deductible. Sizes range from youth small to XXX large. Orders can be placed here. They will also be selling the shirts at a booth during Corn Fest. Check out their Facebook page here to keep up to date with their progress. http://Facebook.com/iaff1236
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