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Homeless Veteran Program launches Holiday Adopt a Veteran Program

The Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program, along with American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45, is pleased to announce the kickoff of the Cherokee County “Adopt a Veteran” program for the 8 th year.

With inflation and the remnants of the COVID situation that has gripped our community and the issues surrounding rental evictions and rental increases, we are glad again to have this program for this holiday season, according to Jim Lindenmayer, Director of the Cherokee County Homeless Veteran program. “Our first focus is on providing for Veterans with families who are financially challenged, disabled, or homeless and our second focus is on our elderly Veterans. It is our goal to make sure that every Veteran has an opportunity to have a great Christmas this year.” The 2021 Adopt a Vet program saw us having to reduce the size and scope of our annual program as we were unable to visit those Veterans who were living in one of the 18 Sr. living facilities in Cherokee County due to COVID. We were, however, able to have our Breakfast with Santa where Veterans in the Adopt a Vet program were able to come and share some Christmas Spirit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year we would like to expand our program further so that we can make sure we are reaching the maximum number of Veterans who can be helped through this program, mentioned Betty Lewis President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45. We will be working with the counties senior adult living facilities and nursing homes to see what if anything we can do for the Veterans living in these facilities for the holidays as they have been isolated due to COVID. We are still on track to have our Breakfast with Santa event scheduled to be held Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 to 1 at Canton American Legion Post located at 160 McClure Street in Canton. The breakfast is free and all Veterans are welcome to come and share some holiday cheer with other Veterans and their families.

If you know of a Veteran family that is in need, know of an elderly Veteran living alone, or you or your group would like to support the “Adopt a Veteran” program, please contact Jim Lindenmayer directly at jlindenmayer80@gmail.com or at 678.983.7590. Additionally, you can call or text Betty Lewis, of the American Legion Post 45 Auxiliary, at 770-318-6451.

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