GRANDVIEW - Free speech and the right to vote and own property are just some of the freedoms American people enjoy on a daily basis. That's due in part to U.S. military veterans.
"They gave us voices, the right to vote and the freedoms we have," said Jim Sternitzky.
Sternitzky is the Grandview VFW Post #6929 men's auxiliary chaplain and has been a part of the group since 1986.
For nearly 20 years volunteers at the Grandview VFW have been working to bring a merry Christmas to local veterans.
This year on Saturday, Dec. 17, veterans will receive a box with all the fixings for a complete Christmas meal.
"It's the least I can do for our veterans," Sternitzky said.
But without local business sponsors, none of this would be possible, says Sternitzky.
Food items and gifts have all been donated by local businesses, including Fiesta Foods, Smucker's, Apple Valley Farms, Foster Farms and many others. Donations include turkeys, hams, chickens, toys and many other food items. This Friday, Dec. 9, Sternitzky is set to pick up a large donation from Fiesta Foods in Sunnyside at 1 p.m.
"They are going to donate (nearly) $300 worth of food to us," he added. "They are donating hams and chickens."
This year nearly 40 veterans and their families will pick up Christmas boxes at the VFW, located at 132 Division Street in Grandview, on Dec. 17. In addition, children will meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on the same day from 2 to 4 p.m. Children will also be sent home with "grab bags" and gifts that were donated by area businesses.
For more information on the event, contact the VFW at (509) 882-1058.