Giving to Those Who Gave 2019: Santa’s Sleigh Deliveries
This is the 5th year of our Giving to Those Who Gave campaign. Every year is a success and a learning opportunity! Our goal is to provide some financial relief to families of active service members and veterans who are struggling. This year we were able to help a total of 37 people (19 adults and 18 children) with gifts, daily items and gift cards.
Our first delivery was to Michael and Cara Galob founder and President of Support Homeless Veterans, Inc. We collected items for two veteran families and their combined 6 children ages from 1 month to 12 years old. We collected diapers, wipes, toys and clothes for all the children and each family received a box of toiletries (consisting of laundry detergent, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, body wash, body lotion, razors, shaving cream.) Additionally each family received various gift cards totaling $250.
The second delivery we filled 2 SUV’s full of donations that were picked up at our main office by Anita Fleming and her daughter-in-law (whose husband is in the service) from Blue Star Mom’s and the Family Readiness Group. Anita provided us information for 5 families in need with a combined 12 children ranging from 10 months to 19 years old. We were able to provide each family with clothes and gifts for each child and the parents, diapers and wipes for the babies, a box of toiletries for each family and an envelope of gift cards totaling $250. One of the families, a single disabled vet dad, asked for a Chromebook for his teenagers to share for homework, we were able to collect 2 so each child could have their own!
The final stop is a continuation of the first stop, two houses run by Support Homeless Veterans, Inc in South Philadelphia and one individual who was formerly with this program. We delivered an SUV full of donations to the Vet and the 2 homes housing a combined 6 veteran men from all United States service branches. Each house received items for the men to use collectively, new pots and pans, a microwave, household cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, paper products and other kitchen items. Each individual vet received a bag of toiletries, new bedding, clothes, a few requested new shoes and each gentleman received a $25 Visa gift card to use for their needs. Each house also received a $100 Visa gift card to use at their discretion for additional communal supplies like laundry detergent, paper towels and toilet paper.
We would not have been able to provide these Christmas gifts and necessary daily items without the help of our staff, families, our patients, and members of our surrounding communities. We sincerely appreciate all the donations received to help these deserving Veterans and Active Service Members.