FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — The commander of a Chicago-area VFW post that was at risk of closing says the post will remain open next year thanks to a flood of donations.

The Daily Southtown reports Commander Stan Tylinski worried Frankfort VFW Post 1493 would have to close after he took over the post and discovered a pile of unpaid bills and taxes.Since the post’s problems became public last month Tylinski says his phone hasn’t stopped ringing and “donations have skyrocketed.”

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The post surpassed an online fundraising goal of $25,000 and has received checks from across the U.S. and help from area VFWs. Tylinski says, “We will be here next year.”

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He’s working with a committee of local leaders to ensure the VFW’s long-term viability. A January 16 fundraiser also is planned.

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