Jerry Campbell and Donna McGehee of Abilene, Texas, have been volunteering with Canine Companions since they received their first puppy to raise in 2002. Since then, they have become valued members of the Canine Companions family and are an integral part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth volunteer group. Group leader Beth Jerner says, “I can attest to their dedication. They live 3 hours away from the closest Canine Companions group. Yet they are always willing to make the drive to participate in outreach events, fundraisers or a single meeting.”
Donna discovered Canine Companions back in the mid 80’s while both individuals were in the Air Force, and they started donating through the Combined Federal Campaign. After they both retired, Donna said she wanted to be a puppy raiser so the couple applied and were accepted. Jerry says, “Volunteering with Canine Companions has afforded us the opportunity to give back to the community, not just here in Abilene, but throughout the country.”
Since Jerry and Donna are both retired and were medical personnel when they were active duty, Canine Companion’s Wounded Veterans Initiative is near and dear to their hearts. Jerry states, “It is only natural for us to be concerned for all veterans, the wounded ones especially. We have both been blessed to not have seen any direct combat when we were active duty but we both have known and do know others who were not so fortunate. We have always believed in taking care of our own and Canine Companions is an excellent way to do that.”
We’d like to extend many thanks to Jerry and Donna, for their passion, dedication and hard work!