A Salina-based bank has made a large donation to an organization that helps wounded military, and their families. Sunflower Bank on Thursday presented a $62,000 check to the Yellow Ribbon Fund during a celebration at the bank’s corporate headquarters in South Salina.
Sunflower President Molly Carter spoke, and explained that the bank partnered with the Yellow Ribbon Fund for the last three months of 2014 to raise funds, and awareness, for injured service members and their families. Sunflower had a goal to raise $50,000 . The campaign was so successful, though, and Sunflower exceeded their goal and raised $62,000. Among the money raised was $6,000 from bank customers.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund fills the gaps of things the military and government can’t do to help familis and caregivers of wounded warriors. It does things like providing free transportation and housing during recovery, plus social events and outings, career and education mentoring, and support for family caregivers. After they return home, volunteer ambassadors continue to offer practical support. Since 2005, 83 cents of every dollar spent has gone to services and programs.
Linda Herrick, whose son was injured in Afghanistan, spoke about what the organizations has done for her and her family. Her son was shot in the face by a sniper, destroying the entire lower half of it. He has been slowly recovering at Walter Reed Hospital. The organization has made it possible for Herrick to be with her son during his recovery.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund celebrated its 10 year anniversary earlier this month.