At this year’s Hold My Hand event, Dunagan will be honored along with two double amputees: Mike H. and Paul C. The three will receive financial support from the event’s proceeds, as will several organizations, including Blue Star Mothers of Oklahoma, Patriot Guard Riders, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Partnership for America’s Heroes and Disabled American Veterans.
Last year, Dunagan used the money he was given from the event as a down payment on a vehicle that can accommodate his special needs and has enough room for his big family — he and his wife have four children.
Dunagan said the Hold My Hand event is important because it’s a way for Oklahomans to come together and support wounded warriors. Many Oklahomans, he said, want to help in some way but aren’t sure how.
Wounded soldiers incur many expenses that aren’t covered by their military pay, Dunagan said. Adaptive equipment such as shower chairs and even one-handed can openers can be expensive and have to be replaced often. These are things Dunagan said many wounded warriors need help to purchase.
If you go
At the Hold My Hand event, 200 vendors will be on hand, selling products and offering services.
A large silent auction will run throughout the event, featuring items donated by local retailers. Auction items include furniture from Mathis Brothers Furniture, Southwest Airlines tickets, a Disney World family pack of tickets and about 200 other donated items.
A list of auction items is online at www.rustyholdmyhand.com.
Porter will be at the Oklahoma Expo Building from 7 a.m. to about 6 p.m. Friday, accepting additional donations.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma Expo Building at the State Fair Park. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For information about the event, go to www.rustyholdmyhand.com or call 413-7328.