Support The Troops Program Selling Trees, Wreaths

The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 Support the Troops Program is selling Christmas trees to raise funds to send care packages overseas. The trees start at $20 and the homemade fresh wreaths start at $5. All proceeds are benefiting efforts to send care packages to troops overseas and donating to wounded and sick veterans.

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. Some items in the boxes 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, Ramen noodles, trail mix, cookies, pretzels, envelopes, pens, paper, games, dice, puzzle books, footballs, baseballs and gloves, and even dog treats. Donations, whether goods or monetary, are always graciously accepted and appreciated.

Support the Troops was started so 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. Fundraising efforts and community donations make it possible to send the care packages filled with supplies and comforts of home.

If you are looking to help support the mission or request a package be sent to someone that is deployed, contact: JVVA Support the Troops Committee, 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701, 483-6845 or at jvvasot@hotmail.com. Other ways to contact JVVA are by calling Melodie Paladino at 450-6768 or searching Jamestown Vietnam Veterans Association Inc. on Facebook.

In order to give support to veterans and servicemen/women JVVA holds several fundraising events: annual events; Dice Runs, Vinnie Day, Chili Challenge, Veterans Day Bash, Christmas Tree/Wreath Sale, chicken barbecues, pool/cornhole tournaments and 200 Club. Other events include bake sales, 50/50 drawings, Chinese auctions, live auctions and several others. On a regular basis veterans and members also attend different veteran functions, conduct flag ceremonies, participate in parades, provide military funeral services as requested, and inform veterans and their families of benefits available all at no charge.

The VMW CH 20 and VVA CH 865 work together to recruit and inform local veterans of benefits, and maintain the integrity that no veteran is left behind or forgotten. The Support the Troops part of the organization is a committee consisting of volunteer members of the VMW CH 20 and VVA CH 865.

“Our two veterans’ organizations are dedicated to assisting veterans past, present and future. ” said Joe Paladino, VMW CH. 20 president, “We are here if someone needs direction to services, someone to talk to, or just to see brothers and sisters with a common bond, we are here for them because we are in the same situation or have been in a similar situation. 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.”