Local students raise money for wounded veterans organization

Denison Middle students raised 200 dollars

Marine Brendon Dixon talks with students who are raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – Despite the fallout at the Wounded Warrior Project, local groups are still vowing to raise money for the non-profit. On Friday night at Denison Middle School in Winter Haven, dozens of students attended a fundraiser, raising $200.

It’s the second year Kristen Hathcock’s students have raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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“Here at the grass roots level, we are still going to support our veterans,” Hathcock told her students. “We are still going to support our community. Because we are about our father’s business here.”

These students are raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
These students are raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Hathcock said while the situation with the non-profit is disappointing, she’s confident the changes will be positive and those who raise money for the organization will see a positive outcome.

“In the meantime, you still have grass roots organizations that are honestly and ethically going about collecting the money … Mmaking sure the money is getting to them,” she said.

There were booths at the event, an obstacle course and dancing.  Students also heard from Brendon Dixon, a Marine who sees the benefits of the Wounded Warrior Project.

“The more people give, the more it’s going to benefit somebody or there’s more to tap into to get the funding to help these programs stay developed,” Dixon said.

On Saturday the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride will be in Tampa. It’s scheduled to take place on Bayshore Boulevard at Interbay from 9 to 11:20 a.m.




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