This holiday season the Stark County Veterans Services office and District 8 American Legion Riders wanted to make sure those who gave so much to our country were not left out in the cold before Thanksgiving.
“This is a nice project just to ensure that the veterans know we remember them in the community,” said Jessica Clifton, Stark County Veterans Services officer.
The Stark County Veterans Services office provides assistance to nearly 3,000 veterans in four counties, but on a cold Winter morning fifteen veterans in Dickinson received Thanksgiving meals at their doorsteps.
“Veterans that are single, have no family or friends in the area received a full thanksgiving meal,” said Clifton.
The meal included stuffing, canned vegetables, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, and of course a turkey, which one veteran was shocked by.
“I’m really surprised I got a full turkey. I did not expect that, ” said Kenny O’Donnell, Army veteran.
Sixty two year -old Willie White, who is a Navy/Army veteran said, “Its nice to have a full meal and everything. I’m usually piecing stuff together”.
The funds were raised by the District 8 American Legion Riders in Dickinson, who also volunteered their time to deliver them to the veterans homes
“Its nice to deliver the package and say thanks for their service,” said John Deavy, a member of the District 8 American Legion Riders.
White said its nice to feel appreciated, and he values the fact that Clifton and Deavy took the time to talk to him and aks him how he was doing after dropping off the mal.
“I don’t get to many visitors and everything. I kind of stay at home, ” said White.
This is the third year Veterans Services in Stark County and the District 8 American Legion Riders have delivered meals, and the vets who received holiday meals also received some personal care items as well.