Vestal Elks Lodge receives $12,000 worth of donations for veterans
Hundreds of items, such as CDs and blankets, were collected
VESTAL (WBNG) -- The community came together Friday to drop off items for veterans at the Vestal Elks Lodge.
The items included CDs, radios, arts and crafts, books, puzzles, sweaters, socks, jackets, blankets and more. All of the items will be donated to veterans who are living at the Oxford Veterans Home, Willow Point Nursing Facility and Absolut Care Nursing Facility.
The Elks Lodge opened its doors at 5 a.m. By noon, most of the tables were overflowing with donated items. But by 3 p.m., when the drive ended, organizers said they collected around $12,000 in donations. Broken down, they received $7,000 worth of materials and $5,000 of monetary donations.
“It’s just amazing,” said Organizer George Light. “The community has come out in droves. It’s just an amazing experience to give back to the veterans and see this kind of support.”
The items are expected to be donated on Saturday and Sunday with the dividing of the items beginning Friday evening. Last year, about $10,000 worth of donations were collected.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11.
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