As part of DVNF’s Health & Comfort program, we help stock various veterans’ shelters with clothing and supplies they need to support the veterans who visit seeking support.
In some cases, it can be in the middle of an emergency. This was the case recently when we sent a shipment to Albany, NY to the Veterans Miracle Center. They keep a free “store” that veterans can visit to get common supplies they often struggle to afford.
DVNF’s shipment happened to come at a critical time. According to Barry Feinman, the organization’s administrator, January and February not only brought cold temperatures, but it also brought several fires in the region.
In one evening alone, seven veterans lost their homes and all their possessions.
Feinman explained how the shipment helped:
The day after the fire, the VMC was called upon to clothe the families and provide personal hygiene items for the Veterans and their families In all, we assisted 18 people from one fire. In addition to the blankets, through your donation to the VMC, we could provide each person with a crisis care package, warm socks, hats, gloves, and scarfs. Since the VMC does have coats in stock during the winter months our Veterans were all equipped to face the remainder of winter with everything they needed to stay warm.
DVNF supplied the VMC with a shipment valued at nearly $170,000. It contained Comfort Kits, blankets, jackets, other assorted clothing items as well as many first aid items.
“On behalf of all the Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and their families the VMC extends a sincere thank you to DVNF for the very generous donation.”