SPOKANE, Wash. -- A local organization that aids homeless veterans helped get a stranded family across the country Saturday.
The family of three from Sequim, Washington was traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio where another family member - a grandmother who had never met her young granddaughter from Sequim - was set to undergo risky heart surgery. When the family got to Lookout Pass, their car broke down, leaving them stuck there.
The Guardian Foundation stepped in to help, paying for the family's bus tickets, a place to stay while traveling, and for food.
"I was balling, calling everybody and everybody and everybody,” said Tommy Lynn, a former Army Sergeant who was finally able to continue his family’s journey to Ohio Saturday. “I'm really thankful for them. I really am."
Members of the Guardian Foundation were out on Thor and Third in Spokane, asking for donations for Lynn’s family as well as other local families in need. The group raises money at the spot several times a week.
The group raised $800 over the weekend for struggling local veterans and their families.
"Not all agencies can respond immediately and sometimes families need what they need right now," said Guardian volunteer Mike Lucy.
Guardian Foundation organizers said more and more people need assistance each year, and volunteers were working on opening a home in Spokane specifically for veterans and their families.
The Lynn family left on a bus Saturday and were expected to reach Ohio on Monday.