High School Student Supports Military Families
Total of $1,800 donated to Unmet Needs
April 16, 2012
High school student Heidi
Murr needed to complete a project to fulfill a graduation requirement. Though she
knew she wanted her project to benefit the community in some way, she wasn’t
Heidi soon realized
helping military families would be a great way to satisfy the requirements for her
project and help the community. With Heidi’s father being a veteran, helping
military families is something very close to her heart.
After some research, she
decided to organize a fundraiser for VFW’s Unmet Needs program after
learning about it on
website. With the program
providing emergency financial assistance to military families, it was a perfect
fit for Heidi’s project.
“The state our country
is in economically…it is evident that they would be struggling financially in
these challenging times,” explained Heidi.
After much planning, the
benefit took place at VFW Post 418. Money was raised through the sale of dinner
and raffle tickets. With nearly 150 people attending the event, Heidi was able
to raise $1,800 for the Unmet Needs program, far more than she anticipated.
Following the dinner, Heidi
led several fellow dance students in performing a program she organized herself.
The dance program was Heidi’s way of giving back to the guests who kindly
donated their time and money to help the cause.
Heidi feels the event
was a wonderful success and is proud of what she was able to accomplish. “Everyone…felt
good going home knowing that they helped such a great cause,” she said. “I'm
only 17 years old, and this was such a huge task to throw on myself.
Nevertheless, I am so happy I did it,” she continued.
Heidi is grateful she had
this opportunity to make a difference for military families in need. “My grade
on this project doesn't even matter knowing that I was able to make a real
change in this world.”
To learn more about
VFW’s UnmetNeeds program and other VFW National Military Services
programs, click here.
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