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BY: Kori Sciandra | November 06, 2012

NORTH TONAWANDA - Each year the Disabled American Veterans host a cash donation fund-raiser, which raises more than $15,000 annually. This year, the Forget Me Not fund-raiser brought in approximately $10,000.

Recently, members of the DAV 120 voted on where they thought portions of the money would be best suited for distribution.

• $1,000 will be used toward the purchase of TOPS gift cards, which will be distributed to disabled veterans and their families.

• $1,500 will be used to purchase toys for the children who belong to a disabled veterans family.

• $200 in toiletries, soaps, razors, etc.

• And $1,800 will be used toward the purchase of turkeys and trimmings for the families of disabled Americans to be able to enjoy a holiday dinner together this year during Thanksgiving.

At 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 members of the DAV 120 will be stopping at Budwey’s Supermarket, 535 Division St., North Tonawanda, where they will purchase $1,800 worth of food for Thanksgiving.

“We are expecting to provide a turkey and trimmings for 50 families,” said Commander of DAV 120 Gerald Tidd. “We are getting a lot of support from First United Methodist Church in Williamsville. They will also be purchasing food for families of disabled veterans. With their help, we are hoping to be able to provide food for 75 to 100 families.”

After purchasing the turkeys and trimmings on Nov. 19, truck loads of food will be delivered to the third floor of the Homeless Veterans Center at St. Vincent DePaul, 1298 Main St., Buffalo.

“Chapter 120 is the most active chapter in Western New York,” said Tidd. “We are really hoping to be able to help these low income or homeless veterans.”

Tidd noted that Frank Budwey, of Budwey’s Supermarket, has been more than helpful with the Forget Me Not fund-raiser and allowing the DAV into Budwey’s to gather all the food for the cause.

“Frank Budway lets us go to his stores and collect for the DAV,” said Tidd. “Whether it’s a food drive, or our Forget Me Not drive; whatever we are doing Frank let’s us do it. He is the most cooperative, giving and caring person when it comes to the vets.”

For those individuals who wish to help provide a meal on Thanksgiving day for the low-income or homeless veterans, cash donations can be made to the DAV or you can stop by one of the Budwey Supermarket stores, located in North Tonawanda or Budwey’s Kenmore Supermarket, 416 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, and purchase a turkey or trimmings to be delivered Monday evening.

A representative will be on hand at Budwey locations from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 18, collecting donations of food and/or cash donations.

For those who wish to drop off the items, they may do so by bringing their donated items to the home of Gerald Tidd, 460 North Ave., North Tonawanda on both Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. All donations will be delivered on the following Monday.

• Other additional items that are in high demand for the holiday season are: winter attire, including warm coats, scarfs, gloves, boots, socks; small electrical appliances, such as a toaster or crock pot; gently used clothing; miscellaneous toiletries.

This holiday season, lend a hand to those in need by helping to make this cause a success.

For additional information on how to help, contact Tidd at 310-2004.

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