Donation from hit TV show helps IVH

The Iowa Veterans Home hopes a donation from “Duck Dynasty” will help boost its fundraiser for the resident council.

Bonnie Gunderson, of the IVH, said a “Duck Dynasty” T-shirt signed by Phil and Si Robertson of the television show, Si’s autographed book and a handmade duck call signed by all the Robertsons were items donated from the show to go towards the resident Christmas party raffle Dec. 8.

“‘Duck Dynasty’ is huge and for us to get it free as a donation, I mean they don’t do that,” Gunderson said. “It is pretty awesome to have the IVH receive something from West Monroe, I mean everywhere you go you see ‘Duck Dynasty.'”

Gunderson said she called them to send the items. An employee of the Iowa Veterans Home has connections to the ‘Duck Dynasty’ group, she said.

“Si is a huge veteran,” Gunderson said. “He is a Vietnam veteran himself.”

Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 or five for $6 to residents of the home and the general public. The raffle money will go toward the residents council, which then chooses different charitable causes to support, such as the Blank Children’s Hospital.

In addition to the ‘Duck Dynasty’ items, nine local businesses have donated items, but Gunderson is still seeking more donations.

“I’m hoping to get as many items as we can,” Gunderson said. “I sent out 92 letters for local places. The residents go out to eat a lot. It would be great to get support from them, when they go out they spend their money.”

Gunderson said she wants items that will promote Marshalltown.

“We have a lot of family that come to the Christmas party,” Gunderson said. “All the families come and it’s kind of an open house for their residents and their families. We’d like to advertise Marshalltown.”

Gunderson said anyone wanting to donate items or buy a raffle ticket can call her at 753-4283. She will be taking donations until 3 p.m. the day of the raffle.

After the raffle from 6-8 p.m. the annual Adopt-A-Veteran Christmas program will be held.

Gunderson said local businesses will have a Christmas tree with a resident’s name on it and people can purchase a gift for them to put under the tree to give to them that evening.

“This really mean a lot to our veterans that do not have any families,” Gunderson said.

Gunderson invites the public to attend.

“It’s the IVH residents’ Christmas party,” Gunderson said. “That’s who we are here for the residents, they fought for us.”

An open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. then the drawing for the raffle will begin at 3:30 p.m.