City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Host
November 18, 2016
The City of Milwaukee’s 10th Annual Holiday Drive, in partnership with Milwaukee County, began on November 11, and ends on December 16.
The 10th Annual Holiday Drive aims to spread holiday cheer to veterans receiving care at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Items on the veteran’s wish lists are collected throughout the five-week drive. Donation bins are set up inside City Hall, the Courthouse and other facilities across Milwaukee County.
“Veterans and their families make many sacrifices to protect our freedoms. This is a small way of showing our appreciation,” Mayor Barrett said. “Thank you to all who have partnered with the City of Milwaukee and share our commitment in making the holidays brighter for these courageous individuals. I’m proud to show our appreciation and hope to help create a joyful holiday season for Milwaukee veterans and their families.”
New to the Annual Holiday Drive this year is the addition of an Amazon Wish List comprised of items requested by Milwaukee veterans that are available for purchase by those interested in donating. All items must be placed for delivery by Wednesday, December 14. To view the Amazon Wish List, please visit the Amazon Wish List webpage.
Since 2007, the City of Milwaukee has held an Annual Holiday Drive for servicemen and women. City of Milwaukee employees, community partners, businesses and residents have risen to the challenge and collected thousands of toiletries, snacks, goodies and more to help bring a little holiday cheer to those who have sacrificed for our country.
The drive began as a way for the City of Milwaukee to share its gratitude with Wisconsin troops who were far away from their families during the holidays. Within the first several years, more than 2,000 goodie-filled boxes were shipped to Wisconsin troops serving our country overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.
In 2013, the Holiday Drive took on a new beneficiary: our veterans. With more and more troops returning home from overseas service every month, the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County formed a partnership to bring awareness to and address the struggles of veterans who face homelessness or difficulties with stable housing. With the help of the community, 600 complete home starter kits were created for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, enough to support hundreds of veterans and their families in the Greater Milwaukee Area.
“Milwaukee County is honored to partner with the City of Milwaukee and the many community organizations who are joining together to support our veterans and their families this holiday season,” County Executive Chris Abele said. “But our commitment to supporting veterans isn't just limited to the holiday season. Events like our Annual Holiday Drive are important to help raise awareness so that we can continue to provide more supportive services year-round for the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
If your corporation would like to sponsor the 10th Annual Holiday Drive, please contact Megan O’Connor at (414) 286-2200. To make an online donation, please visit the fundraising webpage on Indiegogo.
For more information, please visit the 10th Annual Holiday Drive website.
About the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Initiative:
The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center has more than 500,000 visits annually, offering primary, secondary and tertiary care to those who dutifully served our country. The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center continues to meet veterans’ changing medical, surgical and quality-of-life needs. New programs provide treatment for traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention, women veterans and more. The VA has opened outpatient clinics, and established telemedicine and other services to accommodate a diverse veteran population and continues to cultivate ongoing medical research and innovation to improve the lives of America’s patriots. The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Service members and is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.