Women of Alle-Kiski Engaging Collect Items for Veterans Leadership Program
They served us.
Now is the time for us to serve them.
the Women of Alle-Kiski Committed spent two months collecting non-perishable food and personal items to donate to the Veterans Leadership Program, which helps those who have served in the military with everything from housing and career development to welfare and other support services.
WAKE collected items such as canned meat, tuna and chicken, pasta, noodles, rice, canned dishes, peanut butter, beef stew, graham crackers, bars of cereals, cleaning products, soap, shampoo, lotion, paper towels and toilet paper.
On Tuesday, WAKE members and other fundraising attendees gave a presentation to the Veterans Leadership Program at the Alle Kiski Strong chamber office in Harrison.
The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program does not cover cleaning products, paper products and other household items. This creates a void for veterans in need that the Veterans Leadership Program aims to fill. They compile kits filled with hygiene products, food, stationery.
âAll of these are really helpful,â said Toshua Jarrett, development manager for the Veteran Leadership Program. âThere are veterans who have had difficult times. They are trying to find jobs. Some of them are unable to work, and it takes up to two years to get a disability clearance. How will they be able to pay the rent and utilities and buy food? All of this will definitely help.
Donation boxes were located at Westarm Physical Therapy in Cheswick and Lower Burrell, Heritage Hospice in Lower Burrell, Dollar General and MinuteMan Press, both in Allegheny Township, Alle Kiski Strong Chamber in Harrison, Havin’s Second Chance Shop in Kittanning , Springdale’s Free Public Library and Harvest Moon Coffee and Chocolates, Merle Norman Cosmetics and Blackburn’s Pharmacy, all located in Tarentum, as well as Woodforest National Bank in Harrison.
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Heritage Hospice employees Laura Blanchetti and Francine White carry items donated for the Veterans Leadership Program outside the Alle Kiski Strong chamber office in Harrison on Tuesday.
A room inside the bedroom was filled with bags and boxes of items from these companies that were transported to Jarrett’s truck. The Lower Burrell resident and her husband Brian, both military veterans, said they were overwhelmed with the response.
âIt’s so helpful,â Jarrett said. âIt’s one less thing a veteran has to worry about. The need is there.
The veteran leadership program is an amazing bunch, said CiCi Broxie, president of WAKE and board member of Alle Kiski Strong Chamber, whose husband, Richard Broxie Jr., is a retired sailor. âWe are amazed and very grateful for the support from the community. My husband being a veteran, being able to help other veterans holds a special place in my heart. “
This is also the case for Francine White, a community liaison officer for Heritage Hospice, who said that was the reason they decided to collect items. She said they work with veterans and are inspired by their stories and their resilience.
Growing up in a military family and having family members in all branches of the service, Ganele Erickson, branch manager of Woodforest National Bank in Harrison, said she was happy to help. Veterans are among their clients.
âThis is important work that the Veterans Leadership Program does,â said Erickson. âWe cannot take for granted what veterans do for us. “
âWhen we logged on to the Veterans Leadership Program and realized there was a need, we immediately wanted to help,â said Broxie, Director of Sales at EZtoUse Digital Media Services. “We thought it was the perfect week to make the donations because Thursday is Veterans Day.”