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Kappa Sigma determined to replace soldier's lost charity funds

In addition to their local and national philanthropies, the Kappa Sigma fraternity on the New Mexico State University campus has decided to take on another charity project - to help a New Mexico soldier in need.

Sgt. Erik Schei, a Rio Rancho soldier, suffered a brain injury in 2005 after an Iraqi sniper shot him in the head. After being featured on a television advertisement, Schei was given $2,200 raised by his community to make his home more wheelchair accessible.

The money was placed with a social service agency where businesses could make tax deductible donations of goods and services to Schei. When Schei's family decided to claim the money, they found the agency had shut down, leaving Schei without a penny of the community-raised funds.

When Kappa Sigma heard about Schei's situation, the organization decided to take action to replace the lost funds. The organization's 80 members sought out donations from businesses, alumni and their own families to cover the expenses lost by the agency.

"We are close to raising the full amount of the money lost and as soon as we can, we will cut a check to cover their lost expenses," said David Williams, president of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

This is not the first opportunity the fraternity has had to help distressed military members. This will be their third year supporting the Fisher House Foundation, which donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. The homes enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness or disease, injury and rehabilitation.

The fraternity is continuing its efforts towards supporting their local charities, the Red Cross and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Dona Ana Chapter, with the 8th annual "Cow Drop" raffle in November. They also hope to host their first mud volleyball tournament this October.

For information on how to make a donation towards Sgt. Erik Schei's funds contact Williams at (505) 610-0514.