Raffle Held to Help Army SPC Reas Axtell - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/1/09

Raffle Held to Help Army SPC Reas Axtell

On Wednesday we introduced you to Army Specialist Reas Axtell, the Lubbock soldier who lost both his legs fighting in Iraq.

Since then we've received dozens of phone calls from viewers wanting to help. The husband and father or four, with a little one on the way, will soon be released from the Army and move to Idalou to be near his in-laws.

Recently, the 25-year-old was selected to receive a home built by the non-profit organization Homes For Our Troops, but it's built entirely by donations.

Sunday, the first fundraiser benefiting the build was held and so far more than $15,000 has been raised for the project, but it's not just monetary donations that are coming in, local businesses are making some major contributions to say thank you to his service. "They've told us that a local roofing company has actually donated a roof for this project," Ron Webb, who coordinated the fundraiser, said.

If you're wondering who won the pair of Dallas Cowboys tickets to the inaugural season in the new stadium, it was South West Auction Company.

Webb says that donations can still be made at any American State Bank location. You can also contact Homes for Our Troops to ask about donations at 866-7-TROOPS.

 

1/28/09
Help Build a Home for an Area Soldier Severely Wounded in Iraq
Within a matter of days an area soldier will return home to the South Plains, but life will be much different for this young Lubbock man who has sacrificed much for the country. NewsChannel 11's Christy Moreland has his inspiring story.

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