Posts for Tag : VFW Veterans Relief Fund

Local Business Supports Our Vets

Vacuum Cleaner Hospital, Chapel Hill, has reached out to area veterans through the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  They are holding a local raffle for customers to raise money and awareness of the need to help veterans.  Customers donate $10 and have a chance to win a new vacuum cleaner that has been decorated with a patriotic theme.


The money raised will go to our Veterans Relief Fund. This fund supports needy veterans and their families.  It can be assistance to a homeless veteran, vets undergoing long-term care at the Durham VAMC, student scholarships, student veterans needing special financial assistance (books, laptop, etc.), veterans with disabilities, disaster relief, and more. 


Our Post has several programs and projects to help us raise well over $2,000 each year for our Veterans Relief Fund. Our fund is not used by our local post members for post support and operations.  One hundred percent of our fund dollars go to help those in need.


We thank the great folks at the Vacuum Cleaner Hospital for remembering our veterans and for selecting the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the recipient of their donation.


You can participate and purchase raffle tickets until the date of the drawing: Tuesday, July 31st.  Visit the Vacuum Cleaner Hospital on South Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill.  For more information on their services and products, visit their website.

Annual Tar Heel Men’s Basketball Raffle Winner

UNC BasketballIt gives us great pleasure to announce the winner of our 2016 raffle.  Margaret Hutchins of Carrboro, a good personal friend of Rusty Edmister’s (a member veteran and member of the post), had her stub drawn from the hermetically sealed container this afternoon before three witnesses.  Rusty will deliver the basketball tickets and take some photos so we can post them to the website.


We thank the purchasers of the 350 tickets for their support of our Veterans Relief Fund.  At just ten dollars a ticket for a chance to win two season tickets for every at home basketball game (including Duke vs. UNC) is a great value.


See you again next fall as we setup our kiosk by the Historic Chapel Hill Downtown Post Office three hours before every Tar Heel home football game.

Carolina Basketball Cheer

Some veterans are sitting home on a Saturday morning trying to decide what to do.  Should they cut the grass, go shopping, have lunch, or just mellow?  It has been a hard week.  Not our post members.  They are looking at ways to raise awareness of veterans in the Chapel Hill area.  


You will find them passing out Buddy Poppies in Downtown Chapel Hill on every Carolina Football home game.  Several members will spend hours meeting and greeting college students, out-of-towners, and Carolina Alumni.  They hear family stories about fathers, mothers, brothers, uncles and more having served.  They start new friendships as they exchange the years of service in Vietnam, Korean War winter stories, and theaters of operation during World War II.  Hands are shaken and hugs exchanged.  Kids smile and mother’s snap photos.  There is a common bond and new Carolina game day memories are born.


The Chapel Hill Post also offers everyone an opportunity to win two season tickets to Carolina Basketball for every home game after the last home football game.  Tickets are just $3 or two for $5 and all of the money raised joins Buddy Poppy donations in our Post Veterans Relief Fund. The seats are great seats.  Not too high, but just about right.  They are seats that give one lucky winner a season of excitement watching Carolina Basketball with family or a friend.


It only takes one $3 donation to win!
It only takes one $3 donation to win!

Here’s a picture of Leigh McLeod of Carrboro, NC, who was ecstatic at winning our Tarheel Basketball Season Ticket raffle last year (2013).  She is holding two sets of 15 Carolina Basketball home game tickets!


Marv McWherter, our Post Quartermaster, reported last Fall, “When I dropped off the tickets today she was already attired in the CAROLINA sweatshirt. One of her children is a student there, and the other, a senior in high school, has applied for the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy.” Marv takes great delight in delivering the tickets to the annual winner. “I will deliver anywhere in the state, and maybe a little further,” he said.


Are you a Carolina Basketball fan?  Then drop by the old downtown Chapel Hill Post Office on Franklin Street on any Carolina home game day.  We will be there with lots of Buddy Poppies and raffle tickets.  You can’t miss us.  Just look for our bright canopy.  We are the proud Veterans of Foreign Wars members with service caps, big smiles, and warm handshakes.  Come on down and support local veterans and our Veterans Relief Fund.  And, if you are an eligible veteran, sign up for membership!  Make a difference.