The Madras High School class of 1999, of which Pfc. Thomas Tucker was a member, is collecting money to help pay for airfare tickets so family members in Kentucky can attend the soldier's funeral. (A relative purchased the tickets and these funds will reimburse him).
After the cost of the tickets is covered, the donations will go toward a permanent cement memorial honoring Pfc. Thomas Tucker to be placed in Madras.
Donations for these projects are being collected by Lynn at Hair Works in Madras, and at the Madras Les Schwab.
Kathy Hanson, a cousin of Thomas Tucker, is asking members of the community for photos and memorabilia of Tom, which will be made into a scrapbook to give to his parents.
"People have been contacting the family wanting to help, and this is something they can do," Hanson said, noting she is a scrapbooker and will be putting the materials together.
Hanson said she has taken pictures of the flags, yellow ribbons, signs with messages of support, and other remembrances put up around town, to put in the scrapbook.
But his parents would also like to remember Tom as he was when he was growing up in Madras.
"They would like maybe remembrances that Meg (Tom's mother) didn't know about to comfort her," Hanson said, suggesting memories of growing up with Tom or funny stories about him.
The public can drop off photos or copies of photos for the scrapbook at Mail, Copies and More in Madras.
Local scrapbookers who would like to make their own pages for the book can turn in completed pages at the Raining Fresh Daisies scrapbook store in Madras, or at Mail, Copies and More.