Benefit for local wounded soldier

Derek Jennings in Afghanistan.

A Quincy family is putting together a benefit to help a wounded soldier.

Derek Jennings was on duty in Afghanistan when a pressure plate exploded near him last month.

The injuries left him at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Susie Naderhoff and her co-workers organized a fundraiser and will sell kettle corn in the City Hall parking lot Thursday.

"It started out with doing something for Derek and his family though the city and then it just took off. It just could a life of its own and off it goes because everybody wants to do something for these soldiers and their familes. It just grew," said mother Susie Naderhoff.

The money will be donated to Jennings' family for emergencies and to fly family out to see him for the holidays.

His mom said he will be at Walter Reed for about a year.

He's in the second phase of his recovery and will start skin grafs next week but his spirits are high.

If you would like to donate you can find more information by calling 217-779-7029.