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DAV member helps community.

An article on DAV life member Gary "G" Greisinger, a radio broadcaster in the suburban Pittsburgh area appeared in the March/April 2000 issue of DAV Magazine. At the time, Gary, Known as the "G Man" to his radio listeners, had recently completed his second year of "Blanket Brigade," a volunteer effort providing blankets and clothing to the homeless, many of whom were veterans, on Christmas Eve. A decade later, Gary continues to help veterans and others in his community, only now his efforts have increased.

Gary's daughter, Catherine (Cathy) pitched in to help her dad when his volunteer efforts started. Soon, Cathy, her father and two younger brothers were working together raising funds for charities, and providing toys and clothing for children at homeless shelters, meals for homeless families and conducting the "Blanket Brigade."

Tragically, Cathy died in a house fire in 2003.

Devastated by the loss of his daughter, Gary started Cathy G Charities www.cathygcharities.com to continue his daughter's vision of helping others. Cathy G Charities is now at work helping homeless veterans, families and others in shelters year-round, thanks to generous contributions of food, clothing, toys and funds.

Gary continues to be as active as ever in his volunteer efforts and can often be found disguised as Santa, a cowboy or a clown delivering toys to children at homeless shelters. And, yes, he still hands out blankets to the homeless.

Most recently, Gary has become active with student volunteers at East Allegheny Junior and Senior High School.

The student volunteers are sending a touch of home to U.S. military men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Students make cards and videos to send to the troops to cheer them up and let them know they are appreciated. The project is ongoing but especially active during the holidays. Along with the cards tons of other donated items are sent to boost the morale of military men and women.

"I remember how important it was to know someone cared enough to think of you when I was in Korea," Gary said. "This is a real counterattack on loneliness and depression that military men and women far from home go through."

The "G Man" cares enough to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in his community, and he is another great example of a DAV member volunteering to build better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families.
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