DISABLED TEEN HELPS RAISE MONEY TO GET SERVICE DOGS FOR VETS

 

Meet the Long Island teen raising money for service dogs
 

A partially-blind teenager from Long Island started a kind-hearted campaign to help wounded veterans and others who are suffering from a similar condition. 

Matthew Redlein, 13, of St. James in Suffolk County, started a campaign to raise money to sponsor service dogs for needy veterans or the blind. It costs about $6,000 to acquire and train each dog.

"If you see someone who's struggling, you know you want to help in any way you can," said Redlien.

A hereditary eye disease has left Redlein blind in one eye and an older brother completely blind.

"I think anyone can really understand how these dogs can make a difference. You don't have to have something like this, what I have, disability-wise," Redlein said.

Much of the fundraising has been among the student body at Nesaquake Middle School in St. James. He's been selling rubber bracelets and lollipops to help bring in donations.

Money was also raised by bringing in a little show-and-tell with the service dogs courtesy of America's Vet Dogs and the Guide Dog Foundation, which helped show Redlein's classmates just how their money would be spent.

 

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Credit Sandra Bookman