#BringAubreeHome: Small hot dog stand with a big heart helps local family

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (September 1, 2015)- A hot dog stand is doing what it can to help a local family bring their loved one home.

Aubree Kramer, 19, was killed in a car accident in Florida over the weekend. Aubree is from Lafayette and she used to work at the Dog-n-Suds. The drive-in restaurant is holding a benefit to help her family.

“Aubree is the first one in 18 years that we’ve lost, so it hit pretty hard. We didn’t know quite what to do,” said Dan Washington, owner of Dog-n-Suds.

On Wednesday evening, from 5-9, a dollar from every Coney dog, hot dog, and large root beer will be donated to Kramer's family.

“We feel like part of the family so we want to do what we can do,” said Washington.

Kramer's family is trying to get her home to Indiana so they can lay her to rest, which is an expensive task on top of medical and funeral costs.

“I miss the way she smiled and the way she made me feel and other people. There’s not one thing I won’t miss about her,” said Ireland Kramer, Aubree’s older sister.

Kramer's parents were in the Navy and she was excited to have joined the National Guard.  She wanted to be a combat medic.

“She wouldn’t even know how many people she impacted really, and I hope, I really do, she can see it,” said Ireland.

On Wednesday, at closing time, the community is holding a candlelight vigil for Kramer in the parking lot.  The Dog-n-Suds is located at 601 Sagamore Pkwy S in Lafayette.