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