The Fergus Legion has closed the “Homeless Veterans” project of collecting toques, hats, scarves & gloves. We have already made a shipment and Provincial Command’s shelves are currently full.
Pictured here is, Back row, President Fred Hiller with Charlette Bauman (9) the one who when told of the project said “what can we do to help?”, and sister Sadie (7).
Front row is Amelia (4) the counter of inventory. The 2 older girls use their own allowance money to help our Veterans. Thank you so much girls your enthusiasm inspires us!
Thank you to everyone who donated to the project! The items shown here will be shipped to Provincial Command in August in preparedness for the 2017/18 winter season.
Thank you for donating!
This is but the second year of the program and we are so pleased for all the donations received from our membership and the community. We can’t thank them enough for the tremendous support that they have shown.
We also want to give a special thanks to 2 young girls, Charlette Bauman (9) who said “what can we do to help” and Sadie Bauman (7) who are using their own money and Amelia Bauman (4) who counts and keeps track of their collection.
In early January the Legion shipped out three large boxes of items and currently we have ready to ship 32 pairs of warm socks, 43 scarves, 2 pairs of earmuffs, 47 hats – toques, 31 pairs of hats – mitts and 11 sets of hats – gloves and 2 neck warmers. These items will be packaged and shipped out to Ontario Command in the month of August in readiness for the next winter season.
A little history on the Homeless Veterans program.
The program called “leave the streets behind” was an initiative started by the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command in Aurora Ontario and is now in its seventh year of operation. To date they have assisted 480 Veterans spanning the entire province — Ottawa to London: St. Catherine’s to North Bay: near and far. They ensure that every Veteran who is homeless or near homeless finds the help they need to leave the streets behind
Our collection of donated items for warmth is only but a small part of the entire program. The first couple to start this initiative at the Fergus Legion was Ray and Elizabeth Pearse who have currently moved away from the Fergus area.