FRG donates gift certificates to Fisher House families

| April 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

Sgt. Ricardo Branch
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s family readiness group raises money for a variety of events, often for helping the unit, but now and then, for a special cause, such as the Fisher House, here, recently.

Capt. Aaron Fegley, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th TSC, and Melinda Yeary, 8th TSC FRG leader, recently met with personnel at the Fisher House to donate $300 worth of gift certificates for residents living at the house.

“We raised the money for the gift certificates during a lot of events we held at the unit,” said Yeary. “We did it because the Fisher House does so much to care for the Army Soldiers and families here in Hawaii.”

The family members and loved ones staying at the Fisher House can use the gift certificates to purchase sundry items such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo, or to enjoy a nice meal at select restaurants around Honolulu.  

The Fisher House is a nonprofit organization on the island of Oahu that supports military and their families in their time of need. It relies heavily upon private donations to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the facility. 

The nonprofit facilitates humanitarian needs beyond those normally provided by the Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs.

“We try to provide a home-away-from-home atmosphere for the service members and families going through hard times,” said Anita Clingerman, assistant manager at the Fisher House. “It’s nice when we receive donations to help them out and make them more comfortable during their stay here.”

Since the Fisher House was created, approximately 45 houses have appeared across America in 18 military installations and 15 Veterans Affairs medical centers.

Since 1990, the Fisher House has offered more than three million days of lodging to more than 120,000 families at Fisher Houses around the United States.   

The Fisher Houses are the product of Zachary Fisher, a Jewish-American philanthropist, who was noted for his constant charity work for the U.S. armed forces and their families.

“You never know what can happen in life,” Yeary said. “You never know when you or someone you know will need the services of the Fisher House. I donated to them because it’s a great program that’s free to service members and their families. Everyone should give back to them.”

She added, “Organizations out there like the Fisher House that help people should receive all our support because it goes a long way to make sure we’re taking care of our own. You’ll feel real good, too, when you make a difference for someone in need.”

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  1. Ashley Wood says:

    How do I find out about helping out with the FRG in Hawaii?

    • haw says:

      Hi Ashley,
      Each military unit has it’s own Family Readiness Group, which is usually headed by the command team spouses in cooperation with the commander and command sergeant major. Is there a specific unit you are looking to help?
      ~Lacey
      USAG-HI PAO

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