Join Ashley Ruiz Cravey and Kellie Ruiz as they host a fashion show pop-up fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Richmond Hill Reflections LIVE, 11246 Ford Ave., Unit 101.
This event is to benefit the SD Gunner Fund and to provide a service dog for their young brother.
Zander Ruiz, 2, has autism and a form of epilepsy. His sisters hope to help him get a service dog from the SD Gunner Fund. All proceeds from this LuLaRoe fundraiser will go toward providing the funds and for this service dog.
The SD Gunner Fund was started in 2014 by Britnee Kinard, who began caring full-time for her husband, retired U.S. Army Sgt. Hamilton Kinard, as he faced PTSD and recovered from wounds from an explosion in Iraq. Kinard grew frustrated with a system that failed to meet the needs of her husband, a Purple Heart recipient and father to two boys, one of whom has autism spectrum disorder.
As she navigated the process of obtaining aid for her husband, Kinard developed a reputation as an advocate for those who face the challenge of collecting benefits. The requests for help grew, and after working for 18 months to get her husband’s service dog, Gunner — for whom the nonprofit agency is named — Kinard began helping other veterans and children in need.
"I urge members of the community to join us for this fundraising event to help us put a smile on an extremely deserving young boy’s face," Kinard said. "These service dogs become such an integral part of these individuals lives and our organization could not accomplish what we do without the support, not only of the community, but also of these amazing people who are a part of the SD Gunner Fund program."
To learn more about the SD Gunner Fund, visit www.webjobs.kender.org/sdgunnerfund/about.