A series of service events benefits entire community
VFW Post 11079, in Elgin, South Carolina, went above and beyond to celebrate the inaugural VFW National Day of Service. Events throughout the month of May helped to beautify the community, provide resources to those in need and even rescue at-risk pets.
The Post’s day — or month — of service kicked off with members venturing out into their local community.
“The comrades and incoming auxiliary president completed a community cleanup,” said Commander Christine Rogers. “We collected 17 bags of trash along the roads near our Post.”
Next, members geared up to host a food drive. All donations were delivered to a local food pantry in dire need.
“We found out that they had to close every other week due to not having enough food donations,” said Rogers. “We collected over 2,500 pounds of food. This drive came at the right time.”
Recognizing both an urgent and ongoing need, the Post intends to continue helping. Partnering with a local food bank, they hope to make monthly donations.
Overlooking no one, the Post also held a collection for animal friends, inviting the community to donate food, towels, blankets and toys for distribution to local pet shelters.
The Post held its final event on May 21. All proceeds from the Support Your Local Heroes Benefit went to area fire fighters and veterans. Partnering with the Blaney Fire Department, Post members organized an event food and drink, a dunk tank to “dip” firefighters and games for all ages. Local vendors were also available to share information and resources with veterans.
Post 11079’s enthusiastic celebration of the inaugural VFW National Day of Service shows the power of coming together to support one another in meaningful ways. The VFW is proud to recognize the Post members who worked so hard to make this first-ever event a success.