Veterans Outreach Project
Supporting local veterans in need during the holidays
Through our direct contact at the local Veterans Affairs office, we’re introduced to veterans that could benefit from assistance around the holidays. Every year before Thanksgiving and Christmas, our volunteer drivers gather up boxes of food and supplies from Smiths Grocery, then deliver them right to the doors of families in need. Within the Thanksgiving delivery, each family receives a gift card to Walmart, the amount relative to their family size, with the hope that it will allow them to buy meaningful Christmas gifts for their loved ones.
The program has been a huge success in making the holidays much brighter for these veterans and their families. As one volunteer describes, “The veteran greeted us with hugs and signs of tears in his eyes. He was awed by the generosity of the Human Outreach Project. He said that this Thanksgiving ‘miracle’ could not have happened at a better time.”
Our Veteran’s Outreach Project continued strong for its eighth year, delivering meal supplies, groceries, and gift cards to local veterans in need. 2020’s pandemic brought unfortunate job loss and additional difficulty to already struggling families. Not being able to safely travel forced many veterans to spend the holidays alone. Being so, we expanded our program to include over 30 veterans and their families, in hopes of uplifting more deserving spirits.
Veterans Outreach Project Recipients:
“Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. Regardless, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our holiday season bright and merry.”
“Thank you for helping make the holidays extra special for me and my family. You were the Santa we needed.”
“It helped so much, we can’t even begin to explain. We would have nothing without your help.”
“Your contributions provided a fantastic Thanksgiving to me, my 9-year-old grandson that I am raising, my daughter, and her five kids. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have made this holiday season one of the best.”
“I wish I could express how much your generosity changed our holiday, but it’s hard to put into words! The care and consideration brought such light and joy! We had the best Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thank you so much!”