Veteran’s Day event garners a surplus of donations for local veterans


Courtesy of E. Armstrong

By Zaina Mohammed

The organizers of this year’s Veterans Day program shut the trunk of a van filled with donation items to veterans in need, excited about raising as much as they did. 

“About 50 people attended the ceremony,” the organizer of the event, Barb Read, said. 

On Nov. 8, a ceremony was held to honor veterans and it took place in Huntley’s town square. It took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with the amazing turnout, $800 in donations were made to veterans in need of supplies. 

Some examples of the supplies donated were bath soaps, deodorants, socks, toothbrushes, canned goods, and gift cards.  The event is held every year and each time it never fails to have an incredible run and positive impact on the community and veterans. Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor everything veterans have sacrificed for our country and Huntley never fails to organize an honorary and enjoyable event. 

“[Activities held at the event consisted of] a collection of non-perishable food, socks, hats, and coats to donate to New Horizons, a transitional living center for homeless vets,” Read said.

Along with organizing the event to celebrate, it is also to help out any veterans in need of necessities. Donations given are solely for providing those items and donating to homeless veterans to help them get by. 

“[The event was] very [successful],” Read said.

All goals set for this year’s run were not only met but exceeded, thanks to the participation from the community and the number of people who had shown up to celebrate the special day with our local veterans.