Hales Corners —The Hales Corners Fire Department 'filled the bucket' with around $5,000 to donate to Operation Finally Home, an organization that builds homes for wounded veterans.
Off-duty firefighters and their families stood on the corner of Highway 100 and Grange in Hales Corners with buckets Friday, June 24, asking drivers to donate to Operation Finally Home.
The charitable organization is currently working toward building a home for a veteran in Waukesha.
According to David Belman, a contractor who works with Operation Finally Home, the organization tries to get most of the materials for the house donated, but monetary donations are still needed to cover the price of additional materials and labor.
Wes Guajardo, captain at the Hales Corners Fire Department, said that 'Fill the Bucket' is just one of the ways HCFD personnel shows their support to the military.
'It allows us to help those who served, or their families, by giving them a home,' Guajardo said.
After a successful day of collecting donations, Guajardo was pleased with the outcome, and said people seemed supportive of their cause and were 'happy to help out a wounded soldier.'
Last year, also in June, HCFD did another 'Fill the Bucket' drive to help raise money for two homes that were being built in Jackson. They were able to raise over $6,000 last year to donate to the project.
According to its website, Operation Finally Home provides 'custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America's military heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America's uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values.'