Operation Grateful Giving
Every year we coordinate the creation and distribution of Holiday Gift Bags for the veterans who are in-patient at Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee and in-residence at Vets Place Central, Boudicca House, and the R&R House. We fill over 300 gift bags with lots of fun goodies - playing cards from Potawatomi Casino, mini-bags of Jelly Bellys, puzzle books, pens, pencils, pads of paper, candy canes, chocolate and other edibles, plus CDs from Warrior Songs and Liquid Mind, and other items donated by caring civilians and organizations. Volunteers can help solicit items for the bags, help fill the bags in early December and then distribute the bags on Christmas Eve morning.
Please consider joining us!
For Operation Grateful Giving 2020 we were unable to personally deliver bags on Christmas Eve. However, the VA distributed the bags to the veterans and nurses stations. Bags were also delivered to Boudicca House and Vets Place Central. We recorded a video after we stuffed the bags and included a card in each bag with the URL to the video so veterans can see our personal holiday greeting and thank you to them. Many thank you's to the organizations that supported this event - American Legion Post 18, Rolling Thunder Chapter 2, Humana, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Gail Teigeiro and Specialty Products Inc., Jelly Belly - and all of the individual donors of goodies, time and love!!!
For 2021 the bags will once again be delivered by the VA staff. We will be stuffing bags on December 9. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form below and we will contact you.