The call came from the Durham VA Medical Center for help for our homeless veterans. Winter nights are here and the temperature is dropping. Our assembly responded immediately by funding five insulated parkas with hoods.
The VA asked many local Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh area veteran volunteer groups to help them obtain 100 coats. Our five coats were the first from Chapel Hill.
Many of our members are also members of Veterans of Foreign Wars C. V. Cummings Post 9100 in Chapel Hill. They, too, took action and obtained 12 more winter coats. All of the coats were delivered last week just as the first freeze of the year arrived. Mr. Dave Grupy, VA Volunteer Service Office was elated to receive the our joint contribution of brand new parkas and down-filled coats.
We thank all assembly members for their support of our local veterans, especially the homeless.
Story Postscript: St. Matthews Church, Durham, knights got together and raised enough money for three more coats. Then, Holy Cross Church, also of Durham, raised more money, too. This added four coats. Our assembly total is now 12 coats for homeless veterans.