The Mount Airy Veterans of Foreign Wars post is adding a new facet to its Thanksgiving meal program.
Members of the post and the VFW auxiliary will be serving a hot meal to veterans on Monday, while they continue the new tradition of handing out boxes of food to veterans who are in some sort of financial distress.
VFW commander David Raborn said for three years the post has been handing out boxes which contain all the fixings necessary for a Thanksgiving meal to veterans in need. Like in years past, the post will pass out about 25 boxes.
Raborn said the auxiliary at the post funds the program, and veterans must complete an application form before receiving the meal box.
However, Raborn said some veterans lack a place to cook the meal, so the VFW has an answer. On Nov. 21, the Monday preceding Thanksgiving, at 4 p.m. a meal will be served at the VFW and American Legion hall at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy. Those veterans receiving meal boxes may also pick up their boxes at that time.
“There are veterans who live in hotels or don’t have a functioning kitchen in their homes,” noted Raborn.
He said the meal is a new piece of the Thanksgiving mission for the VFW and auxiliary. It was made possible by a local business contribution.
“Lowe’s (Home Improvement) donated a new refrigerator and a stove, so we are now able to prepare the meal,” explained Raborn. “They have been a huge supporter of the VFW and our local veterans.”
Raborn also said the post will deliver meals to veterans who are unable to leave their homes and live locally. The meal will include turkey, ham and sides.
The whole program highlights the mission of the VFW, noted Raborn.
“We want to let veterans know they are not forgotten and that we are thankful for their service,” said Raborn. “We are proud of them, and they are still our brothers and sisters.”
Raborn said those seeking to take advantage of the meal boxes or the meal which will be served should call him at 648-7709, Nancy Nunn at 648-4344 or Mark Barr at 429-9669.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.