United Way partnered with Points of Light on September 10 to prepare military care packages as part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. The care packages were stuffed with socks, undershirts, snacks, drink mixes, toiletries, books and magazines and other donated items that United Way obtained from the organizations listed below. They were assembled in the United Way Board Room by 43 dedicated volunteers recruited by United Way. They included veterans, family members and community volunteers.
Of the 186 care packages assembled, 141 were shipped to troops on the front lines in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Qatar. Bags were also sent to the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
Forty-five of the military care packages have been designated for the Patriot House, a transitional housing facility for veterans at the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth. Presbyterian Night Shelter will distribute the United Way care packages, as well as others donated by the community, on November 11 when it hosts a special Veteran’s Day event. There are currently 30 veteran residents at Patriot House and approximately 100 veterans facility-wide at the Presbyterian Night Shelter.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who assembled the military care packages and to these participating groups that donated items:
- Basic Energy Services, L.P.
- Cornerstone Academy at Cornerstone Baptist Church
- First Command Financial
- First United Methodist Church, Lamplighters Class
- Fitness 2000 Gym
- Mental Health Services
- St. Vincent DePaul Society
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- United Way-Arlington Steering Committee
- VFW Post 5617
- VFW Post 8235