Local VFW Auxiliary collecting art cards

Thirty-five (35) families, with 85 children ranging from newborn to 18 years old, currently reside at the National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

The Atmore Memorial VFW Auxiliary #7016 is collecting cards to send to the VFW National Home for Children to be used in various arts and crafts projects. The Auxiliary is accepting all types of greeting cards, birthday cards, get well cards, Christmas and other holiday cards, thinking of you cards, sympathy cards, etc.

The front cover of the cards will be separated from the rest of the card and forwarded to the VFW National Home for Children. The remaining portion of the card will be properly disposed of.

If you would like to donate cards, please contact Gayle Johnson, Auxiliary President, at (251) 359-0768. The Auxiliary will also be at Heritage Park on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon if you would care to drop off your donation.

The VFW National Home for Children mission is to provide children and families of active-duty military, war veterans, and descendants of the VFW and its Auxiliary, opportunities for growth and development in a nurturing community, and to serve as a living memorial to all veterans. It was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war – mothers and children, brothers and sisters – could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn’t come home.

Today’s families face different challenges – reintegration, post-traumatic stress, high unemployment and rehabilitation from battlefield injuries, among others – and the National Home has evolved to meet those changing needs. Through it all, one thing has remained constant: the National Home’s commitment to honor the nation’s veterans and active-duty military by providing help and hope for their children and families.