From the W&I Insider Newsletter, November 26, 2013. Article by Jon Bird.
As the holiday season approaches, the Atlanta Peachtree Patriots Chapter of Military Outreach for Service is looking at new ways to augment its charitable efforts.
According to Chris Stackfleth
, co-president of the MOS chapter, “This year, we’ve really worked to build our membership base. This helps us when it comes to funding our charitable projects like supporting local Toys for Tots
, Operation Homefront
or simply sending MOS Cares packages to troops serving overseas.”
MOS successfully continues to reach out to the community for financial assistance. Since MOS receives no government funding, all MOS projects require generosity from supporters. “We just received a $1,000 check from Wells Fargo Bank to support our general charitable efforts,” Chris explained. New financial outreach efforts like this are just beginning and should go a long way toward providing the funds needed to support troops at home and overseas. Other fundraising efforts include the MOS bedsheet sales.
Individual members seem motivated to make contributions in their own personal ways. MOS member Gail L’esperance
spends many Saturdays at St. Francis Table
, a Saturday food program to help the hungry in downtown Atlanta. Her efforts have encouraged other members, like Peter Melton
and Jon Bird
, to also join in.
Shirley Montgomery offered assistance by making a camouflage quilt that MOS will give to the VA hospital in Decatur to help keep veterans warm while they are waiting for health care. “It’s hard for me to get downtown,” Shirley said, “but making quilts for our veterans is something that I like doing.”
MOS is an officially recognized nonprofit national charitable employee organization open to everyone, with the primary focus on improving the lives of active, retired or previously separated veterans.