Oregon VFW Post 8739 got help from the Oregon Fire Department, the Blackhawk Snowblazers snowmobile club, students from the Oregon High School student council and others to bring a little Christmas cheer to some area residents.
The final delivery totaled 106 Christmas food baskets to families and individuals in need in Oregon, Mt. Morris and Byron.
“Part of the VFW mission is to help veterans and provide support to the community,” VFW Senior Vice Commander Bob Coulter said. “We put together food baskets, we go to nursing homes. We assist the community in any way we can.”
Oregon’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post has been delivering the baskets for “probably a good 20 years” according to Coulter. Last year, the chapter’s deliveries were up to 120 baskets.
The VFW accepts donations from the general public and local businesses to fund the Christmas basket program. It costs over $4,000 to pay for the food in the baskets. Each year, the Lions Club donates at least $1,000. Members of the VFW donate too, as well as other members of the community.
As for when deliveries are made, Coulter said the recipients are “always pretty excited.” Each year, the VFW gets thank you cards in the mail afterwards. Some recipients come in and donate what they can to the VFW. Recently, the chapter was touched by a thank you card they received from an older woman in the community.
“We couldn’t believe how grateful she was,” Coulter said.