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Staff Feed Hundreds of Veterans and their Families

Volunteers and staff at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center box up 427 holidays

Volunteers and staff at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center box up 427 holiday dinners to distribute to Veterans just in time for Thanksgiving.

By Melanie L. Thomas, MBA, Public Affairs Specialist
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Staff at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System are showing Veterans their gratitude this holiday season in a meaningful way. This week, social work staff at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center distributed dinners to hundreds of Veterans and their families to ensure they can enjoy a festive Thanksgiving meal.

The coordination and collection of food items was accomplished by nursing and social work staff along with Voluntary Service.

“This is the fourth consecutive year that we’ve collected and distributed food for Veterans for Thanksgiving,” said Carrie Meo-Omens, section chief, Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD VASH) Program. “Each year, we seem to be able to help more and more Veterans and their families.” 

Volunteers and staff worked to coordinate the distribution of 215 holiday dinner boxes for

Volunteers and staff worked to coordinate the distribution of 215 holiday dinner boxes for Veterans in the Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Highlands County areas.

"There was a tremendous amount of work and effort put forth to collect these items and brighten Thanksgiving for hundreds of Veterans and families," said Nathan Witt, Chief, Voluntary Service. "We are very thankful for our wonderful employees, volunteers, and donor organizations like St. Matthew's House who worked so hard to make this happen again this year for the heroes we serve."

Each holiday dinner box included a frozen turkey or ham, one box of stuffing and potatoes, four cans of vegetables, dinner rolls, and a non-refrigerated desert.

“Our goal was to support 300 Veterans and their families this year, and we ended up collecting enough food to help 642 families throughout our entire healthcare system,” said Cindy Bowman, registered nurse. “I couldn’t be prouder.”

To learn more about how you can donate or volunteer to help Veterans in need this holiday season, please contact Voluntary Service at 727-398-6661 ext. 15505 or email nathan.witt@va.gov.

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