Veterans’ Day is past, but giving is not
“Gazette Gives Back to Michigan Veterans” collection drive is seeking donations.
The drive started Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 10, with drop boxes in the Main Building outside room 122 and in the Public Relations Office on the second floor, as well as in the Fine Arts Building in room 10.
Proposed, by Erie Square Gazette Copy Editor Danielle Kennedy, “Gazette Gives Back” seeks to collect donations for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Detroit Veterans Center, a long term nursing home for veterans.
“This a place that some of them don’t want to come to,” said Vickie Mccabe, admissions coordinator for the Grand Rapids home, “but once they see that it’s not a bad place, they really start to enjoy it. Some are really nervous about it but they usually settle in.”
Suggested donations are personal care items, decks of cards, board games, and new or gentle used adult clothing items.
“The clothes get put out into the clothing room,” said Mccabe. “What happens quite often, if the veteran home without clothes, they or their aid can go there to get clothes.”
Kennedy’s grandmother, Ellen Frazer of St. Clair, has been volunteering at the Home for Veterans for four years
“Every year in November a group of us from the Smiths Creek American Legion go over to the veteran home in Grand Rapids, prepare Thanksgiving dinner and bring Christmas gifts,” Frazer said.
It’s a beautiful home, according to Frazer, and is home to veterans of all ages.
For more information about “Gazette Gives Back,” contact the ESG office at (810)989-5786.