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Cedar Falls veteran remembered through family’s charity


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Every February is a time of mourning and giving for the Vaughn family.

Kandie and Brad Vaughn make the trip to a veterans' home in Marshalltown every year on the death of their son, Spc Travis Vaughn, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan 13 years ago.

A year after his death, the family began taking hygiene products to those at the veterans' home. The residents there only get a certain allowance a month, and Vaughn wants them to spend that on something for themselves.

In 2020, "Shower of Gifts" raised more than $10,000, a record for the charity.

Kandie says they continue the annual charity as a way to honor Travis's sacrifice and to let the veterans know that they're not forgotten.

The family says they want to thank all those in the Cedar Valley who donated or volunteered to help with this year's "Shower of Gifts."

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Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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