Saying Thanks

Area veterans are dedicated to making a difference in the community.

At the Sunday meeting of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865, located at 41 Bigelow Ave. in Jamestown, multiple donations and awards were given.

The chapter presented a $2,500 donation to Meals on Wheels, an organization with which at least one chapter member has been involved.

According to Barrie Yochim, executive director of Meals on Wheels, the chapter’s donation is the second largest independent donation Meals on Wheels has received this year.

“The donation will help Meals on Wheels provide meals for people who can’t pay for the meals or who can’t pay for the whole meals,” Yochim said.

$1,000 was also recently donated from the chapter to St. Susan Center, which helped the organization cover its electric bill.

The chapter presented plaques of recognition to multiple local businesses including Jamestown Container, Harley Davidson of Jamestown and the Dollar Tree, which have helped the chapter through various efforts, including fundraising events.

For the Support the Troops Program, the chapter has put together 187 boxes this year to send out to veterans. Each box is filled with items like baby wipes, candies, toothpaste, silly string – which servicemen and women use to detect tripwire – Ramen noodles and dog biscuits. Nearly $60 worth of goods is placed in each box.

The chapter presented Bob Ross, chapter member, with the Vincent Vaccaro scholarship. Ross is the first recipient of the scholarship and will use the $1,000 to continue his schooling at Jamestown Community College, where he is studying machine tool technology.

According to Terri Servis, the scholarship is in memory of chapter member Vaccaro, who wanted to offer a technical school scholarship to students of all ages in the community.

Joshua Lydell, United States Marine Corps veteran and Frewsburg native, explained to the club his plan to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. On Monday, Lydell will begin a six to eight month solo trek through 12 states to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. He will leave from Charleston, S.C., pulling a cart with all of his supplies.