Winter Clothing Drive
In an effort to cover more Homeless veterans in the Metro Detroit area we changed our program to include two additional non-profit organizations and set up a rotation. We still go shopping at Kohl’s for winter and personal clothing and purchase $2000.00 worth. With sales and discounts we have always gone over that amount in retail value. The three organizations are Michigan Veterans Foundation, Veterans Haven, Love a Michigan Vet Project.
2020 Kohls Shopping Trip – COVID-19 Restrictions
THIS YEAR OUR SHOPPING TRIP WAS MUCH DIFFERENT AS WE ONLY HAD A SMALL GROUP CONSISTING OF John Heraghty, Jim Hodgsom, Ron King and Bob Dew. We had additional help from KOHLS Employees Sherri, Don, Barb and Lisa Grasso Store Manager. Our budget this year was $3250 thanks to additional donation of $1000.00 from PLAV 61, $150.00 from Dan and Kathy McLean, and $100.00 from Don Kohler a Kohls employee and Vietnam Veteran.We did go over by $103.11 but were able to deliver retail value in winter clothing to Love a Michigan Vet Project of $10,987.60 on Monday November 24, 2020.
We had 17 members and friends (one Korean War Vet and one Iraqi War Vet) at breakfast at Bob Evans! We all went down Ford Road to meet Lisa (the manager) and her wonderful staff at Kohl’s. Once again Lisa made sure we got the best deal possible on the $1,999 and some odd cents that we spent. Treasurer Dew was on hand to ensure we did not go over the limit that we had requested from the Chapter. The group then separated to pick up the clothing collected at the VFW Post in Plymouth and the First United Methodist Church of Garden City. We then headed downtown to the Detroit Veterans Center to deliver the clothing. As always the Veterans that work and live there were very appreciative. Tyrone Chatman pulled the troops together to give us a special thank you.
Thank you to all who helped in any way!
John Fleming, Chairman