Every year the Masonic Care Community hosts a Veteran’s Day ceremony to honor our local Vets. This year they’re also holding a food drive that will help feed Veterans.
Dwayne Manley is the Masonic Care Community Director of Information & Technology. He says the goal is simple.
"The first and foremost of the goal is participation, and showing that the community and showing that the Veteran’s that we’re here for them. Masonic Care Community is here for the entire community, whether it be Veteran’s or not, but we’re just showing the Veteran’s that we’re here for them."
Richard O’Connor is one of those Veteran’s who’s used the Central New York Outreach Center for help. He says Veterans are usually the last people to ask for help, but sometimes you just need to swallow your pride because help is out there. He talked to us about what it’s like to go through tough times.
"It’s not just sitting back and letting someone take care of you. Most people that I know that are involved with this or you know have just fallen on hard times, layoffs, or whatever it may be, they know what it’s like to have a good life, and most people in this situation really want that back. They just need a helping hand to get there."
Michael Caiola is a Case Manager at the Veteran’s Outreach Center. He tells us the need for food donations is always there, but the food supply is running low.
"We’re a family oriented center here so we would like to make Thanksgiving as special as possible for some of our less fortunate clients, so it’s just a small thing that we can do to help them out."
If you would like to donate, you can drop off your non-perishable food to the Masonic Care Community Health Pavilion, Wiley Hall, or at Acacia Village. You can always drop off food directly to the Central New York Outreach Center on Washington Street.