A trailer loaded with nonperishable foods, snacks, drinks, paper products and other household necessities headed to the Vethouse in Virginia Beach on September 16th. The Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution adopted Vethouse as their Service Project during their Fall Forum meeting at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump, September 15 & 16. Nine members of the Wiliamsburg Chapter attended.
The project was suggested by Princess Anne County Chapter Regent, Jane Amelon, after she visited Vethouse and realized their dire need for supplies. State Regent, Judith Joy Surber immediately supported the idea, and State DAR Service for Veteran's Chairman, Marie Vayer, organized the drive. Members across the state donated the thousands of items which were sorted, boxed and packed in the trailer during the Fall Forum meeting.
Vetshouse, Inc. has been serving over 800 homeless veterans since 1992. Their 12 month program offers housing, food, clothing, job skills and placement, plus counseling to homeless veterans of the US Armed Forces to facilitate their return to productive lifestyles.
Other service projects carried out at the meeting included the collection of old cell phones which are to be restored and given to women in Texas and Florida disaster areas. Snack items and drinks were designated for the USO welcome centers in their Virginia facilities for traveling military and their families. Empty ink cartridges will be recycled and the funds raised sent to the DAR Schools. Surber issued, "A special thanks to the VADAR daughters for their overwhelming generosity in support of these service projects."
Williamsburg Chapter members KJ Proctor, Celia Adolphi, Sydney Riddle, Robin Doucette, Elizabeth Greaf, Virginia Lee, Sally Blanchard, Pam Meiring and Eleanor Hunter attended the Fall Forum and contributed empty ink cartridges, non-perishable foods and cell phones.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of DAR visit www.DAR.org.
To learn more about the Williamsburg Chapter, contact Sydney Riddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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