Indianapolis, IN – Ricker’s Convenience Stores will launch an in-store fundraiser for Army infantryman Tim Senkowski to create a new home for his family in Anderson.
In April 2011, Senkowski was deployed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province serving with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. On October 13, Senkowski was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee down, much of the muscle in his right arm and his entire left buttock.
Today, Senkowksi continues therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His mother, Tamra Rigdon, has not left his side since October. However, he was granted leave for the month of April to return home to Anderson to visit his wife Erica and their two boys, six-year-old Dusty and one-year-old Embry. Returning home for good poses many new challenges for Senkowski. Prior to his injuries, he was the primary caretaker to his wife with a disability, their eldest son with autism and their baby. His family currently shares a small home in Anderson with Rigdon’s husband, J.R., who moved into the garage to make space for the family.
Senkowski’s wish is to build a home for his family that allows the necessary space and accessibility to accommodate their disabilities. The Path Home, a not-for-profit organization founded by veterans that supports fellow veterans and their families, launched Homes for Hoosier Heroes to help Senkowski return home for good.
“Tim has to live every day for the rest of his life with the sacrifice he made for our freedom,” said Bob Luenebrink with The Path Home. “Building him a home is just one year out of our lives.”
Many organizations and individuals have already stepped up to help Senkowski and his family, but none quite like Ricker’s, who is donating $10,000 to launch “A Home for Tim.”
“After hearing Tim’s story, I wanted to find a way to help him return home to his family,” said Chairman Jay Ricker. “I know other people in the community feel the same way, and I believe our stores provide the perfect place and make it easy for people to thank Tim for all he’s done.”
Beginning this Memorial Day weekend, Ricker’s customers will be able to donate any dollar amount to “A Home for Tim.” Donations will be accepted at all area Ricker’s Convenience Stores in June.
“If Tim could say one thing to everyone, he would say thank you,” said his mother, Tamra Rigdon. “I know someday, somehow we will give back to the community and other wounded warriors.”
Ricker Oil Company, Inc. was founded in 1979 by Jay and Nancy Ricker in Middletown, Indiana. Ten years later, they purchased the company’s first convenience store. Since its inception, Ricker’s has grown to include 50 convenience stores and a laundry mat, all of which employ more than 600 Hoosiers. Headquartered in Anderson, Indiana, Ricker’s prides itself on clean stores, a friendly environment and staff, and its famous “Ricker Pop” fountain drinks.