A red, white and blue Ford Mustang drew eyes and crowds when it pulled into the Sapp Bros. parking lot in Percival at lunchtime on Tuesday, June 7.
The patriotic wrapped Mustang is part of the seventh annual Wounded Warriors Family Support High Five Tour. The High Five Tour’s mission is to say “thank you” and show appreciation to military families for their sacrifices.
Wounded Warriors Family Support helps provide mobility for combat wounded veterans, as well as respite for caregivers of the veterans.  They also pay for a week long retreat for combat-wounded veterans and their families in Galveston, Texas.
Donations from the High Five Tour and any other fundraising efforts pay for the respite program and retreat, and are used to convert Ford Explorers and Ford F150s to hand controlled vehicles that are then donated to combat wounded veterans that are wheelchair bound or have lost the use of their legs.
During its five-month tour, Wounded Warriors Family Support’s 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will travel more than 26,000 miles and make stops in over 100 cities in the lower 48 states.
For a donation of $5, anyone can sign the Mustang, and many people gave far more than the requested $5.  The Tour has a goal of $1 million in donations, and Wounded Warriors Family Support hopes to at least be able to match last year’s 51 vehicles converted to hand controlled.
Volunteers Ken Foley and Dick Dummar were driving the Mustang on this leg of the tour, and will hand the car off to the next set of drivers next week in Reno, Nev.  Foley said each set of volunteers commits to driving the Mustang for at least one week.
Foley and Dummar were proud of the reactions they had been getting from people on the road and at every stop, saying it wasn’t unusual for a simple gas stop to take an hour, or to be called down from their hotel rooms in the middle of the night to take donations from patriotic people passing by.
From Percival, Foley, Dummar and “Miss Divine K”, (the Mustang’s name) were headed next to Sapp Bros. in Council Bluffs Tuesday, then Sapp Bros. in Omaha Wednesday before moving on to western Nebraska.
The tour can be followed online at www.highfivetour.com, and clicking on Dashboard on that website provides GPS mapping of the car’s location as well as details about the trip.  Donations can also be made online at this website.