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VFW donates $1K to CHCC Volunteers Association

MEMBERS of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3457 donated $1,000 to the CHCC Volunteers Association and will be used to help fund the purchase of medical equipment needed by the hospital.

The check was presented to CHCC Volunteers Association chairman John Gonzales on Wednesday by VFW Post 3457 members led by their commander, Brad Ruszala.

Ruszala said they believe in the mission of the CHCC Volunteers Association. “They do such a great job. It is a great organization,” he added.

He said their donation came from a grant they applied for.

Gonzales thanked the members of the VFW, adding that the donation will go a long way in helping the association raise funds for the hospital.

CHCC Volunteers Association chairman John Gonzales holds  a check for $1,000 donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3457. Also in photo are the other CHCC volunteers.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioCHCC Volunteers Association chairman John Gonzales holds a check for $1,000 donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3457. Also in photo are the other CHCC volunteers. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Gonzales added that the volunteers association will soon become a non-profit organization with 501 (c) (3) status. “This means we are going to be federal-tax exempt and we can access more federal grants.”

He said “in effect, we are going to be expanding the base of benefactors. All the funds we collect will be dedicated to assisting the hospital in procuring the medical equipment it needs.”

He said they are currently raising funds to buy a hyperbaric chamber.

According to a medical website, “hyperbaric-oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric-oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.”

Gonzales said a lot of local patients are diabetic, “so the hyperbaric chamber will go a long way in helping them.”