Fire Victims Still Going Ahead With Fundraiser

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BEECH CREEK -- A boy who lost everything in a fire last week in central Pennsylvania is still going through with a fundraiser to help the troops.

Dawson Lee is just 10 years old and for the past few years, he's been collecting items to send to military men and women stationed overseas

Then, last week, fire destroyed everything Dawson and his grandmother own but did not stop their determination to continue helping American troops.

A backpack is one of the few things Dawson Lee owns after a fire destroyed his home in Centre County last week. A U.S. Army recruiter gave Dawson the backpack when they met in Beech Creek.   After all, Dawson has given so much to soldiers through a program he started when he was just 7 years old.

"I like get some treats, and toothbrushes, toothpaste, and some food," he said.

Dawson has been sending care packages to troops overseas and was thanked late last year by men and women in uniform who dubbed him "a soldier's soldier."

"At such a young age, it's pretty amazing on your own accord. He's taken the initiative on his own," said Army recruiter SFC Ryan Heltman.

Dawson lost his home, toys, and a pet dog in Saturday's fire, as well as at least 10 care packages that were ready to go and tubs filled with supplies.

Dawson's grandmother, Tammy, says immediately, he asked her about the soldiers.

"'What about my soldiers, what about my soldiers stuff? How am I going to take care of my soldiers if it's all burnt?'" she recounted.

In spite of the fire, Dawson and his grandmother are going ahead with a fundraiser at Eagle Valley Sporting Goods in Beech Creek that was planned for this weekend.

"The one normal thing in Dawson's life is to continue with this fundraiser," Tammy Lee added.

"Well, the last time they got burned, this time I got some boxes and I can start all over again," Dawson said.

The chicken barbecue and craft show fundraiser for "a soldier's soldier" is still on for Sunday in Beech Creek.

Support Our Troops chicken BBQ & craft show
Sunday, September 29
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Eagle Valley Sporting Goods, Beech Creek