If you know a veteran who will need help this holiday season, the Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program wants to hear from you for its annual “Adopt a Veteran” initiative.
The program and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45 are gearing up for the seventh year of the initiave.
The program is seeking candidates to help this holiday season, including low-income veterans, veterans in senior living facilities and homeless veterans.
“Our first focus is on providing for veterans with families who are financially challenged, disabled or homeless, and our second focus is on our elderly veterans,” Jim Lindenmayer, director of the Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program, said. “It is our goal to make sure that every veteran has an opportunity to have a great Christmas this year.”
Betty Lewis, president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45, said the program will be working with senior living facilities and nursing homes to find veterans the organization can benefit.
The Adopt a Veteran program will return its Breakfast with Santa event this December after the 2020 iteration was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free breakfast for veterans and their families will take place 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Arrow Exterminator training center, 15021 Highway 92, Woodstock.
Those who know of a veteran family in need or an elderly veteran living alone can contact Lindenmayer at jlindenmayer80@gmail or call 678-983-7590, or contact Lewis of the American Legion Post 45 Auxiliary at 770-318-6451.