Hampton VA Medical Center
Disabled American Veterans Make Huge Generous Gifts to Local Service Organizations
The Disabled American Veterans Combining Chapters Thrift Stores of Hampton Roads Virginia, Inc., will be presented three local service organizations with sizeable donations Oct. 5 at DAV's Board of Directors Meeting Room in Hampton, VA.
"The Hampton Roads 13 Disabled American Veterans Chapters, as collective owners of six DAV Thrift Stores, are pleased to support the Hampton VA Medical Center and the Foodbanks of Southeastern Virginia and the Virginia Peninsula," stated Milton Jacobs, president, DAV Thrift Stores of Hampton Roads VA, Inc.
The Hampton VA Medical Center was the beneficiary of a $35,000 contribution which will help to provide Veterans with program service support. Each food bank received a $25,000 contribution to support programs such as the Backpack Program, emergency food boxes and the Foodbank Capital Campaigns.
"We are extremely thankful for the generosity of the DAV," said DeAnne M. Seekins, director of the Hampton VA Medical Center. "These donations help us to serve our Veterans through such programs as recreation therapy, welcome home events, homeless initiatives and the National Wheelchair Games."
Seekins and the Foodbank representatives expressed their tremendous appreciation for the DAV's donation and for recognizing the importance of the work they do in the community.
"The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia is grateful for this incredible support," said Joanne E. Batson, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia CEO. "The DAV Chapters Thrift Stores have recognized the effect the economy has had on food security in our community and contributed to the fight to end hunger in a very big way."
"The Disabled America Veterans in Hampton Roads has made a huge difference today," said Loretta Jones-Knauth, chief development officer for the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. "This contribution will provide food that will nourish children on the weekend when other food might not be available. Many times, low-income children don't eat between leaving school on Friday and the school breakfast on Monday morning. We currently feed 3,431 children each week through our Backpack and Kids Cafe programs, and this generous contribution has allowed us to purchase enough food to last for three months. We are so grateful for this generous support during this economic turmoil. Thank you for your continued faith and confidence in the Foodbank and the work which we perform. Together, we do make a difference in, as well as bring hope into, the lives of many."