Gallaudet cheerleaders raise funds for The Fisher House to show support for the troops
In an effort to show some of the goodwill demonstrated by our athletic teams this fall semester we will feature several stories this Thanksgiving including this one on various community service projects or fundraising efforts being done to help others. We hope it motivates you to give back in your own way to your community. Happy Thanksgiving from the Gallaudet Athletics Department!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At Gallaudet University’s football game on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, the Bison cheerleaders showed their support for our nation’s veterans in a unique way. The cheerleaders wore yellow ribbons that displayed friends and family members of those who have served our country. In addition, the team also collected $200 to donate to Operation Fisher House.
The Fisher House program is a unique public-private partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during hospitalizations for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center in the country. The program serves over 12,000 families each year, and no family is ever charged to stay at a Fisher House. In addition to constructing new houses, Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses, as well as supporting military families through scholarships and other awards.
For more information about The Fisher House or to get involved or make a donation please visit their website www.fisherhouse.org.