Brainerd DAV Chapter 22 & VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1647 Touching the Lives of Veterans

In March 2015, the Brainerd Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 partnered with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1647 to raise money for touching lives of veterans at the Breath of Life Adult Day Service.  The VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Post 1647 had a visitor; Paul Welch from Brainerd’s Breath of Life Adult Day Service attended our regular meeting in February, explained Helen Doucette, Auxiliary President. She went on to say “Paul’s mission was to make the Ladies Auxiliary aware of the needs of the Veterans that attend their programs.”  The Breath of Life Adult Day Service located in Brainerd, Minnesota was established in 2001 as a nonprofit organization. Their philosophy is to enrich the quality of a dependent adult’s life, adding fun and fulfillment to their life through a variety of activities. Its goal is to provide the highest quality of care for dependent adults so their caregivers can maintain their own physical and emotional well-being.

Hospital Chairperson, Arleen Elliott and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary decided to take on a project to help with some of their expenses. That being said a clothing drive was suggested. The Brainerd Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 members agreed to provide their trailer to fill it with soft items (clothing, shoes and purses) and take it to Savers in St. Cloud to turn cloths into cash and provide a cash donation to the Auxiliary. The trailer was set up behind the VFW on 6th Street, Brainerd, MN.  Several volunteers showed their dedication to the project by helping to place the bags and boxes into the trailer on a long and cold two and half days.
Pictured above is Helen Doucette presenting a check to Paul Welch of Breath of Life Adult Day Service to be used for some of the needs that are not covered by the Veterans Administration. Some of the many needs are: veterans that need help with their co-pays, short term sponsorships, people in the nursing homes, and transportation to and from Breath of Life for the veterans. This allows the Caregiver a few hours to take care of their needs and rest. If you have been a caregiver you will appreciate this time to take care of business and that your loved one is being well cared for.

The Brainerd VFW Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who helped with this project donating items and helping loading the clothing trailer and to the DAV Chapter 22 for the use of their trailer.

Sincerely, Helen Doucette, Auxiliary President and Arleen Elliott, Hospital Chairperson