NEW YORK MILLS- For the past six years, Owen Jassak, a 9-year-old from E.R. Hughes Elementary in New Hartford, has spent his spare time volunteering to support veterans. Jassak has developed numerous fundraisers. Among them is one which symbolizes our veterans with a flag.
“Well each [flag] is to honor a veteran,” said Jassak. “Everyone that has served in the Army, Navy, or anything.”
With some help from his mom Cheryl Jassak, who works for Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford, the two were able to raise over 850 American flags this year.
“They call us the dynamic duo,” said Cheryl Jassak. “But Owen personally has raised over $35,000 for this program.”
The two together have teamed up over the last three years with this fundraiser. They asked local families, businesses, and people to support a 12 x 18” flag for $5.00, with a small tag on each for whom it is in memory for.
"It's great to see a change and seeing a child do this for our veterans,” said Jassak. “We just hope it rubs off on other people.”
Currently, you can locate the plethora of American flags along Main Street in New York Mills. This year the Jassak’s were able to raise over $4,000 with just American flags. All proceeds will be donated to Sitrin’s Military Rehabilitation Program, helping veterans post 9/11.