Members of one local veterans group say they do much for veterans, but they couldn’t do it without the support of the community.
Trudy Huffman, treasurer of the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Auxiliary, said another year spelled another success for a holiday fundraising drive.
Huffman said for decades members of the DAV and the group’s auxiliary have posted themselves at the Mount Airy Wal-Mart and asked for donations. In return, the group handed out miniature American flags.
For another year, the community was generous in its donations to the veterans group, said Huffman.
“We just want the community to know how much we appreciate their support,” Huffman said. “We were so touched by the tremendous response.”
More recently the group collected donations for three days on the Memorial Day holiday weekend and for two days on the Independence Day holiday weekend, according to Huffman.
She said the funds will be put directly toward helping veterans. Programs include a fund which helps veterans with medical bills, utility bills and even to purchase groceries during difficult times.
Additionally, local funding is needed to pay costs associated with the DAV’s transportation program, said Huffman. The van program provides transportation for veterans to medical appointments at the Kernersville and Salisbury Veterans Affairs medical centers and private healthcare facilities.
The DAV also sends care packages and facilitates activities for veterans in area nursing homes and in long-term care at the Salisbury medical center.
Huffman added the group is thankful for the venue to hold the fundraising drives.
“Wal-Mart is wonderful to let us be there,” said Huffman. “We are so appreciative.”
The DAV meets every third Tuesday of the month at Veterans Memorial Park at 6 p.m. for a meal followed by a business meeting. The chapter may be reached at 789-0328.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.