October 7, 2016

Local effort underway to keep Veterans warm

The Marine Corps League Detachment 1324 is holding a fundraiser known as ‘The Warm Feet for Veterans Project’. The program aims to collect any new or gently used socks, gloves, hats and coats (or any other items worn in the cooler Maine months) from the general public over the next several weeks as the weather starts to become colder. These items will be donated to the shelters and agencies that help homeless veterans and their families who reside in southern Maine. This is a great opportunity not only to clean out closets of items no longer needed, but to also give to others who are less fortunate…especially during the colder months and with the holidays quickly approaching.
“The Marine Corps League Detachment is a fairly young organization in terms of their location here in southern Maine, (they meet at the Westbrook American Legion building) and has grown rapidly from 31 members to 86, making it the fastest growing Marine Corp League to date,” said Warm Feet coordinator Jay McKenna.

The league has held the fundraiser for many years within their group. However last year was so successful that they wanted to do it again with two locations, Time4Printing, 588 Roosevelt Trail in Windham, and in Gorham at Mr. Bagel, 13 New Portland Road.

The Marine Corps has other fundraisers they do for those in need right around the holidays and this helps them get a head start on putting smiles on people’s faces. 

All new and gently used donations will be accepted, and will be distributed to the beneficiaries. 

For more information, call Jay McKenna at 207-893-1969, or Herb Broy at 207-653-3543.

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