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Community Spotlight: Organization "adopts" Gesserts again

A program that has sent over 10,000 care packages over the past 15 years to local military personnel serving worldwide continues to assist veterans in Door and Kewaunee counties. Adopt-a-Soldier-Door County began providing a helping hand to veterans with financial, medical, and home repair needs five years ago.   Founder Nancy Hutchinson says three big projects are going on right now, including a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.



This past week, 90-year-old David Gessert of Sturgeon Bay, a post-Korean War Army veteran, was able to have eight original windows replaced in his 1942 Shipyard House on North 7th Avenue. Gessert and his wife Joan, now disabled, are retired teachers from Wausau who purchased the home in 2010. He says he cannot thank the Adopt-a-Soldier veterans program or Nancy Hutchinson enough for coordinating the window replacements, plus the new roofing and storm and sewer work completed last summer.



The work completed was like an early silver anniversary gift for the Gesserts, as they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 11. Military veterans in Door or Kewaunee counties should contact the Veterans Service Office or the ADRC for applications to qualify for the Adopt-a-Soldier veterans assistance.  

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