VETS Canada rolls out 3rd annual Operation Holiday Helping Hand

Throughout December, Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) will be rolling out their 3rd annual Operation Holiday Helping Hands initiative.

The coast to coast outreach project will support and aid less fortunate Canadians and ensure those who served our country are not forgotten during the holidays. 

This is just one of the many ways they help homeless and at-risk veterans reintegrate into civilian life.

VETS Canada volunteers will be helping out at local shelters, drop-in centers, and volunteering for the general good of the community across the country, and will also be coordinating a gift card drive for Veterans in need.

The organization is encouraging all Canadians to get involved in Operation Holiday Helping Hands this season. 

People who are interested in getting involved in the initiative this can do so in many ways. Donate a gift card to a Veteran in need by mailing a gift card or cheque to VETS Canada, donate online, volunteer in your community and tag/mention VETS Canada, and share the event on social media.

“As the Holidays draw near, it is easy to forget the fact that thousands of Canadians are struggling to eat and stay warm, including those who have served to protect our country,” says Jim Lowther, VETS Canada’s President, and CEO. “This national initiative encourages much-needed dialogue regarding the ongoing issues of homelessness and food insecurity amongst Canadian Veterans and civilians alike, while also providing a chance for community members to step up and help those in need.” 

Regarding the gift card drive, Lowther adds, “It’s amazing what something as simple as a gift card can mean to Veteran who is struggling during the Holidays. To a Veteran in need, it isn’t just a gift card: it’s proof that Canadians care, and that they aren’t forgotten.”

Gift cards and cheques can be mailed to VETS Canada at 53 Queen Street, PO Box 214, Dartmouth NS, B2Y 3Y3. “Gift Card Drive” should be written on the memo line if sending a cheque.

To donate online click here.  

For more information about VETS Canada and their services and initiatives, visit their website.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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