“As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, it is important to remember the original purpose of this day and to say thank you to the veterans who have served us as well as to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Tenney. “This food drive helps to assist our veterans and show our appreciation, and I would like to thank the many residents who already have made a contribution to our food drive. I strongly encourage residents who haven’t donated to consider donating canned goods, pantry products, or other necessities.”
Many residents have participated in the food drive, including Karen Corrigan from Wilcor International, Inc. who donated a large box of hygiene products (pictured above with Assemblywoman Tenney). Residents interested in contributing can still make a donation until Tuesday, when the goods will be picked up by the veterans’ groups at the assemblywoman’s office.
Donations can be made at either the Westmoreland School or Assemblywoman Tenney’s district office, located within the Westmoreland Central School complex, 5176 State Route 233 in Westmoreland.
Central New York Veteran’s Outreach Center (CNYVOC) was formed by an Iraq war veteran who realized there was a lack of services for veterans in Upstate New York and formed the organization in light of such inadequacies. The services available through CNYVOC include, but are not limited to, housing assistance, healthcare assistance, legal aid, advocacy, employment assistance, and food pantries.
Vet2Vet , a part of the Compeer program, is a social program designed to bring veterans together for activities such as sporting events, workshops or simply just to have a conversation. The ultimate goal of Vet2Vet is to help empower veterans to combat the effects of post-traumatic stress and other combat-related illnesses.