VMW Chapter 20 INC Selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths to Raise Funds for Care Packages

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Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20

The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown is selling Christmas trees to raise funds to send care packages overseas.  The trees start at $20 donation and the homemade fresh wreaths start at $5 donation.  Starting Black Friday, November 23rd at 11:00 am until sold out.  Trees will be for sale Monday – Thursday 3:00 – 7:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.  In front of Harley Davidson of Jamestown at the intersection of Rte 394 and I86.  

All proceeds are benefiting the Veterans of Modern Warfare CH 20 in their efforts to help Blue Star Mothers send Christmas care packages to troops overseas, sending care packages throughout the year and donating to local veterans in need.  The Blue Star Mothers will be accepting donations inside Harley Davidson and at tree lot during Christmas tree sales.

Packages are continuously sent throughout the year.  These care packages from home can help ease the difficulty of being so far away from family and friends.  The care packages definitely do not bring them home but include some of the basic necessities they may normally be without.  We include items such as: shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, Chapstick, nasal spray, Vaseline, eye drops, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton balls, Q-tips, socks, assorted hard candies, granola bars, peanuts, instant coffee, teabags, Ramen noodles, trail mix, cookies, pretzels, envelopes, pens, paper and fun stuff too like, games, dice, puzzle books, footballs, baseballs and gloves, and even dog treats for our 4-legged soldiers.  Donations whether goods or monetary are always graciously accepted and appreciated.  VMW is working this Christmas to send as many care packages as possible to any Serviceman/woman serving overseas.

President of the VMW, Joe Paladino stated “The brave servicemen and women of the United States Armed Forces protect our freedom and liberty every day.  We, at home, get to enjoy the privileges that are afforded to us due to their continuing hard work.  VMW continues to find ways to show our appreciation and support. Fundraising efforts and community donations make it possible for us to send the care packages filled with supplies and comforts of home to remind them that we are forever grateful for the sacrifices they have made to ensure our rights.  As they come home, we will continue our support mission here at home with the VMW helping local veterans in need.   We will welcome them home and into our veteran family as we do all veterans of all eras.  God Bless America and the American Soldier.  If you are looking to help support our mission or request a package be sent to someone that is deployed, contact us:  VMW CH 20, 2538 Fisher Hill Rd, Kennedy, NY 14747 or call Melodie Paladino at 716-450-6768. You can also find us on Facebook by searching VMW CH 20 INC Jamestown.  Due to Confidentiality and Privacy Restrictions, we are not allowed to call and ask for soldiers addresses.  That is why we are asking for the community’s help in reaching our deployed troops.”

In order to give support to veterans and servicemen/women we hold several fundraising events:  Annual events; Christmas Tree/Wreath Sale, Chicken BBQ’s, Gun Raffles and 200 Club. Other Events; Bake Sales, Raffles, 50/50 drawings, Chinese Auctions, Live Auctions, and several others.  On a regular basis our veterans and members also attend different Veteran functions, participate in parades, and inform veterans and their families of benefits available to them.

The VMW CH 20 works to recruit and inform local veterans of benefits, and maintain the integrity that no veteran will be left behind or forgotten.  VMW CH 20 is an organization consisting of veterans and volunteer members of the VMW CH 20.  “Our veterans’ organization is dedicated to assisting veteran’s past, present and future. ” said Joe Paladino, VMW CH. 20 President, “We are here if someone needs direction to services, someone to talk to, or just to see brothers and sisters with a common bond, we are here for them because we are in the same situation or have been in a similar situation.”  Also stating, “We are here to reach out and let our servicemen/women know how much they are appreciated, respected and loved here on the home front, and we will be here for them when they return home.”  “The packages being sent are a comfort from home that shows them the communities back home support them and cares about them.  The more we can send, the more comfort they receive and it lets them feel just a little bit closer to home. We receive many letters of thanks from the troops that receive our packages and we would like to extend those thanks to all that have donated to our fundraisers, our fundraising efforts would not be what they are today without you!”

For more information on the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 contact Joe Paladino, Organization President, at (716) 499–5821 or Melodie Paladino at (716) 450–6768.