Guardian EMS will host a brisket sandwich fund-raiser lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Lehnis Railroad Museum to benefit the family and loved ones who lost their daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend, Gracie.

Plates will include a chopped brisket sandwich, beans, potato salad and chips, and will be served for $8 per plate. If there are enough volunteers available, large orders of 20 or more may be available for delivery.

Kim Peterson, a volunteer and curator for the Lehnis Railroad Museum, confirmed that 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards Gracie’s family during this very difficult time.

Additionally, there has been an account set up for the family at TexasBank for anyone who would simply like to donate to the family. Monetary donations may be placed into that account at any branch of TexasBank.

Peterson said what they need from the community are volunteers to help serve the food, take out the trash, help set up, help clean up and help prepare the food. They will begin setting up for the lunch at 9 a.m. and began preparing the brisket Thursday night.

“Currently we have about eight volunteers, but my phone has been ringing like crazy this morning,” said Peterson.

Peterson said that volunteers do not need to necessarily call and schedule a time to volunteer, they would love to have people walk in and do whatever they can to help out.

Several local businesses have contributed to the fund-raiser including but not limited to Guardian EMS, Lemons BBQ, Sticks BBQ, Underwoods, Humphrey Petes, Walmart, Brownwood Janitorial, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi and a countless number of individuals and private citizens who have donated money towards the costs of the briskets and Gracie’s family.

“It has been a good turnout of people helping us,” said Peterson, “everything from food to plastic wear.”

This fund-raiser will be a wonderful way to not only get a wonderfully prepared lunch, but also help out a local family and one of Brownwood’s own during one of the most difficult times in their lives.