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McDonald's holds fundraiser to help organizations supporting families of fallen first responders

Posted at 7:08 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 10:15:13-04

A fundraiser on Friday will support an organization that helps families of first responders who were critically injured or died in the line of duty.

Participating McDonald's will give a percentage of their sales to the eight 100 Clubs in our area.

100 Clubs give monetary assistance to families of first responders, which help to cover funeral expenses, mortgage payments and educational expenses.

The 100 Club of Central Texas out of Austin helped the families of Lori Pohanka-Kalama and Thomas Nipper.

Pohanka- Kalama was a volunteer of Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team. She died in April of 2017 when she was helping with the search of a missing man on Fort Hood.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Nipper died after a pickup truck crashed into his patrol car while he was conducting a traffic stop on I-35 on Nov. 4, 2017.

In the aftermath of the death of Bell County Deputy Constable Jeffrey Radford, the Central Texas 100 Club gave automated external defibrillators to Bell County law enforcement.

In McLennan County, the 100 Club of the Heart of Texas helped a Mart Fire Chief after he lost his home to a fire. In addition, they supported the families of first responders who were injured or died in the West Fertilizer explosion in 2013.

The fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at participating McDonald's.