Jan 27, 2013

Wayne Industries and VFW team up to give meals to veterans

BY RYAN BERRY 
MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE – Over the past year and a half Wayne Industries has teamed up with Greenville VFW Post 7262 giving individuals from Wayne Industries an opportunity to become more involved in community activities than ever before. The individuals have stained the gazebo at Veterans Park, change the VFW sign, painted curbs, picked-up trash and erected the American Flags around the Traffic Circle. Although it sounds like work, the individuals enjoy performing the community service and the opportunity to meet new people.

In October, Mark Middlecoff, of Wayne Industries, approached the VFW with an idea to further the involvement of Wayne Industries’ individuals in the community and honor local veterans. Middlecoff stated, “Being a member of local VFW Post 7262 I had begun noticing that some of our veterans were at a point in their lives where they would enjoy a meal delivered once a week in thanks of their service to our country. I approached the post with the idea that we could shop for the groceries, prepare the meals and then deliver them.” The Post accepted the idea and agreed to fund the project.

According to Marilyn Emmons, of VFW Post 7262, the individuals providing the service do everything from shopping at Eikenberry’s IGA the day before to preparing and packing the food for the veterans. The group currently delivers approximately 13 lunches each week. Twice a month, the group prepares and delivers five meals to Heartland of Greenville. Each meal also comes with a flyer that includes a poem from Sue Hankins, a member of the Wayne Industries team, and a thank you to the veterans for their service to the country. Middlecoff said, “In some cases, those who we have delivered to and spent part of our day with have become emotionally overwhelmed by our service.”

According to Rosemary Nelson, activity director for Heartland of Greenville, there are between 15 and 20 veterans at their facility and five are chosen for each meal. The program has been well received by all that have participated.

Emmons noted the group is still accepting requests for meals to be prepared and delivered by individuals from Wayne Industries. If you know a homebound veteran that would enjoy a meal once a week, call Emmons at 548-4004. Food and monetary donations are also accepted.

Eleven individuals from Wayne Industries are honoring local homebound veterans by giving them a meal each week. (Ryan Berry photo) 
Workers are shown packaging bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches and tomato soup. (Ryan Berry photo) 

Twice a month, five veterans at Heartland of Greenville are treated to a meal from the Wayne Industries crew. (Ryan Berry photo) 

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