Coalition calls for gift donations for local veterans


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – The Business Coalition for Veterans is calling on the community to come forward and help veterans in need this Christmas. Their fifth annual veteran Christmas gift campaign to collect gifts for local vets began on Friday.

BCV has red collection bins at three locations around Grand Island: the KRGI radio station as well as the two Super Savers.

Coalition founder Chief Anthony Brando said some of those receiving the gifts might not have been able to afford Christmas gifts otherwise.

“Knowing that a veteran, who could be a low-income veteran, and that there are limited funds to give gifts to his children and grandchildren, that’s fair – I am teary-eyed. than talking about it, ”Brando said. “It’s cool, it’s really cool.”

They are looking to collect gifts for all ages, including gift cards for area grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations.

Chef Anthony noted the reader has been such a hit over the past few years they have seen the trash cans overflowing with items sometimes leaving them to come back every other day to make room for more.

Brando said he hopes for a certain success rate for training this year.

” Many gifts. Lots of love. Lots of gift cards, ”he said. “I mean, having a $ 225 gift bag, and 36 of those last year, it was just, it’s mind blowing – in the middle of COVID, you know. So hopefully we can surpass last year.

BCV planned to collect the items for the drive until December 10.

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