Veterans donate to Heather’s Hope

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Jim Cook with Richard and Gretchen James.

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WILMINGTON — Wilmington Veterans Post 49 Commander Jim Cook recently presented Richard and Gretchen James with a check for the charity that bears their daughter’s name, Heather’s Hope.

The charity was formed by friends and family in memory of Heather James, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 23 from complications due to Type 1 diabetes. Along with a variety of fundraisers held throughout the year, local service organizations like the American Legion make donations to the charity.

Heather’s Hope, in turn, uses these the funds to make quarterly donations to the Clinton County Health Department, increasing the department’s ability to assist residents who are in need of financial assistance for their diabetic medical supplies. The group also sponsors children from Clinton County to attend Camp Korelitz, a camp held at Camp Joy for children with diabetes. All monies received by Heather’s Hope remain in Clinton County.

Gretchen James said, “Heather’s Hope is grateful for the generosity of all the local service organizations who have made donations to our cause.”

Jim Cook with Richard and Gretchen James. Cook with Richard and Gretchen James. Courtesy photo

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