VFW plans fundraiser to buy van for Lee’s Summit Social Services

The van that Lee’s Summit Social Services uses to pick up donations was stolen and vandalized earlier this year.

It was just a little more than $1,000 worth of damage, so the agency fixed it, paying out of pocket. But that came on top of recently repairing holes that rusted the van’s floor.

The 1996 van is simply wearing out, say leaders of the organization. The agency that serves poor families in the Lee’s Summit needs to buy a new vehicle.

“We fear that reliability issues are going to increase and we simply cannot take that chance with volunteer and staff drivers,” said Matt Sanning, executive director of the agency. “Our daily food pick-ups, thrift store pickups, and any deliveries we make are an essential part of what Lee’s Summit Social Services does. Without our vehicles, we would have an incredibly challenging time meeting the need for our services, and we may need to reduce our capacity to make do.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5789 and the  Auxiliary are doing their part to solve that problem, and they hope the community will do its part as well.

The VFW is organizing a day-long fundraiser Saturday at the post to buy the agency a new van.

It starts with a pancake breakfast and ends with an evening concert, and includes a bake sale, bingo, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, heads-and-tails games and a fried-chicken dinner.

“They’re so generous to everybody, and they need some help as well,” said Kit Carson, one of the women organizing the project.

They’re aiming for $30,000, and hope to at least buy a newer model, if used, van, she said.

Carson said they’d welcome donations to the bake sale, and those items should be dropped off at the VFW Post at 329 SE Douglas St. in Lee’s Summit.

The event’s schedule

8 -11 a.m. pancake breakfast

bake sale all day

noon to 2 p.m. Bingo

silent auction 8- a.m.- 8 p.m.

3 p.m. VFW starts serving fried chicken dinner, $10

8 -12 p.m. King G Band, Blues and Rock, band admission only $5, band with chicken dinner $15

rpulley@lsjournal.comSeptember 30, 2015

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