VFW lends helping hand to Bosco Nutrition Center

Published 8:40 pm Monday, December 11, 2017

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Selma Post 3016 and its auxiliary lent a helping hand to the Edmundite Missions and the Bosco Nutrition Center Monday morning.

They donated more than 30 bags filled with blankets, ponchos, shirts, socks, non-perishable food and personal hygiene products to help homeless veterans and others in need.

“To us, Bosco represented the best place to distribute those because they do have homeless veterans as well as other homeless or destitute,” said Judy Shurbutt, president of the VFW Auxiliary. “They serve a lot of veterans, and we do have homeless veterans here in Selma. We’re hoping they take the opportunity to use Bosco, and if they do, then they’ll receive some of the bags.”

They also presented Bosco Nutrition Center with two checks for $150 each to help feed people.

Grover Henry, chief program officer for the Edmundite Missions, said Bosco Nutrition center feeds around 1,300 people each day between lunch and dinner, the Meals of Hope program and the afterschool program.

“It’s great to partner with any of our local organizations like that that want to give back to the community,” Henry said. “We greatly appreciate that big donation. We think it’s amazing.”

Shurbutt said the VFW and auxiliary held several small fundraisers to raise the money for the project.

“It’s kind of funny because we decided we would just sell hotdogs and nachos during the Bingo,” Shurbutt said.

Helping veterans in need is one of the VFW’s objectives.

“It warms your heart in a way that you wouldn’t believe because you know that these people have been through so much,” she said.