The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 Support the Troops Program are holding their second annual White Elephant Rummage Sale.
They will also be doing a can and bottle drive that day. They will accept pop cans and bottles, beer cans and bottles and also water bottles. All proceeds are benefiting the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 and Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 Support the Troops Program in their efforts to send care packages to troops serving overseas and donating to wounded and sick veterans.
This will be held Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown. They send packages continuously throughout the year. These care packages from home can help ease the difficulty of being so far away from family and friends. The care packages definitely do not bring them home but include some of the basic necessities they may normally be without. Each care package that is sent has an estimated value of $85. It contains roughly $60 worth of supplies and it costs between $20 and $25 to ship each box.
Items include: shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, Chapstick, nasal spray, Vaseline, eye drops, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton balls, Q-tips, socks, assorted hard candies, granola bars, peanuts, instant coffee, teabags, games, dice, puzzle books, footballs, baseballs and gloves, and dog treats for our four-legged soldiers.
Donations, whether goods or monetary, are always graciously accepted and appreciated.
"Support the Troops was started so that today's soldiers could get some comforts of home while they are so far away defending our freedoms and liberties - something that is very important to our Vietnam Veterans as they did not have support when they were fighting. Every day, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces set out to protect our freedom and liberty. As we at home enjoy the privileges that are afforded to us due to their continuing hard work, we strive to find ways to convey our appreciation and support. Fundraising efforts and community donations make it possible for us to send the care packages filled with supplies and comforts of home to remind them that we are forever grateful for the sacrifices they have made to ensure our rights. As long as they continue to fight, we will continue to support. As the situation changes and they come home, we will find ways to continue our support mission on our home front here with the VMW and VVA. We will welcome them into our veteran family as we do all veterans. God Bless America and the American Soldier," said Christine Servis, Support the Troops chairwoman.
"If you are looking to help support our mission or request a package be sent to someone that is deployed, contact us: JVVA Support the Troops Committee, 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701, 483-6845 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call Servis at 450-2442 or Melodie Paladino at 450-6768. You can also find us on Facebook by searching Jamestown Vietnam Veterans Association, Inc. Due to confidentiality and privacy restrictions, we are not allowed to call and ask for deployed service members' information. That is why we are asking for the community's help in reaching our deployed troops."
The next fundraiser on the schedule is a dice run that will start at the Coldspring Fire Hall on June 28 with registration from 10-11:30 a.m. where a flag ceremony will take place before the kickstands go up at noon. The Support the Troops Program is a committee consisting of volunteer members from the VMW Chapter 20 and VVA Chapter 865.
"Our two veterans' organizations are dedicated to assisting veterans past, present and future," said Joe Paladino, VMW Chapter 20 president. "We are reaching out to our active duty service members to let them know we will be there for them when they come home. Our Support the Troops is here to reach out and let our servicemen/women know how much they are appreciated, respected and loved here on the home front, and we will be here for them when they return home. The packages being sent are a comfort from home that shows them the communities back home support them and cares about them. The more we can send, the more comfort they receive and it lets them feel just a little bit closer to home."
For more information on the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 or Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 and their Support the Troops Program, call 483-6845.