Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and its auxiliary are starting to build a food pantry for local area veterans.
Members of the post and auxiliary became aware of the need last December, when over 20 local veterans and families were helped through the partnership of the VFW and Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA). This partnership airlifted 750 pounds of non-perishable food, which was supplemented with another 250 pounds with donations from local residents. Since there are some veterans and their families who are hungry year around, not just at Christmas, members decided to try to do something to help.
For the first phase of the program, the post and auxiliary have partnered with Safeway to host a collection box for donations of non-perishable foods. These food items will be collected by members of the post and auxiliary and added to the food purchased by the organizations. Soon, a veterans' pantry will be opened for limited times in the Delta area, staffed by VFW and Auxiliary members.
The post and auxiliary thank all members of the community, veteran and non-veteran, for their assistance in getting this project underway. For additional questions about the project or to donate cash, call auxiliary senior vice president Della Ware at 872-3327.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.