Sew Much Comfort is a public charity that provides custom-made clothing, free of charge, to all wounded service members. Adaptive clothing accommodates medical devices and situations, provides ease of use, increases personal independence and minimizes the visual impact of their medical condition.
There are more than 1,700 volunteer seamstresses all across the U.S., Canada and Germany. They have provided 85,000 pieces of adaptive clothing and comfort accessories from 2005-2009. You can donate by going online to www.sewmuchcomfort.org. There also is information on the program, how to volunteer or how to order garments.
Do you have a motorcycle? VFW Post 4760 and NAVFW Post 11481 Neah Bay are holding a motorcycle run that is open to the public on Saturday, Aug.14. Registration is at 9 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot across from the courthouse. The ride is from Port Angeles to Neah Bay. Cost is $10 per bike, $5 per passenger. At Neah Bay there will be a traditional salmon bake hosted by the Neah Bay NAVFW.
Many thanks to the Legion Riders unit in Port Angeles. In July, 89 riders participated in 458 hours of community service. The Riders were in the Fourth of July parade and the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Days parade, at the bell ringing for deceased veterans (last Friday of the month at 11 a.m. in front of the bell in Veterans Park) and were honor guards for four funerals. If you are interested in joining this group, contact Ralph Ellsworth at 457-7229.
Many thanks to all who helped/donated to Port Townsend's Stand Down. It was down 9 percent from last year but the weather was not good and some veterans had been forced to leave the area. The number of veterans involved - helped or volunteered was up 25 percent. The meals were well received. The DAR volunteered and Jefferson Transit helped out immensely in getting people there.
The Port Angeles Stand Down will be at the fairgrounds on Thursday, Oct. 7. We need winter coats, hats, gloves, sleeping bags, etc. If you have items, call me at 683-6419. Voices For Veterans has lost one of its grants. That money was used to purchase new clothing items for the vets. If you can make a contribution, get in touch with me.
American Legion Post 62 will be installing new officers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. Carl Bradshaw will be the new post commander. He was a post commander in California and since coming to Sequim, has been the VFW Service Officer. He helps about 100 veterans a month deal with VA paperwork. All veterans are welcome to come and meet the new commander and other incoming officers.
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