Big Brothers-Big Sisters Receives Big Donation

Friday, December 1st 2006, 5:34 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Someone has decided to give big to Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Oklahoma.

The $100,000 contribution by an anonymous donor was given in honor of an Ada Marine who was seriously wounded in combat. The money will go toward an endowment.

Lance Cpl. Cody W. Hill, 23, was hurt in a Sept. 4 attack in Iraq that killed Tulsa police officer and Marine Jared Shoemaker, 29. The Humvee the two were riding in struck a roadside bomb in Al Anbar Province.

Hill was hit by shrapnel and suffered burns over half his body. He was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he is recovering.

``I made this gift to underscore how important it is to think about others. Cody and our brave soldiers illustrate this every day. They give themselves unselfishly,'' the donor said in a news release.

``I could think of no better organization to receive this gift than Big Brothers Big Sisters for it too has day-to-day heroes who make a difference in the lives of children all across Oklahoma.''

Seven Big Brothers-Big Sisters sites in Oklahoma merged in January to form Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Oklahoma.