The holidays provided many opportunities for community members to “give back” to their community. It takes a lot of volunteer hours to pull off these events, but it also takes a supportive group of businesses and community members. Thankfully, Morgan County has an abundance of all of the above.
Jeanie Mecham and her friends set up a holiday fundraiser to honor veterans the year her husband, Ken, passed away. Ken served in the Army and was a Vietnam veteran.
Milan Mecham, current Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #67 post commander, was thrilled to hear of their plan. According to Mecham, the post uses the funds to assist veterans and their families. They help by doing things like distributing gas cards so that veterans can make trips to the veteran’s hospital or to visit family in the veteran’s retirement home. The VFW post also donates to the Morgan food bank when the need arises.
Morgan City Recorder Julie Bloxham expressed, “I think everyone has a special place in their hearts for those who have and are serving in the armed forces. It is because of them and the sacrifices they made that allow us to live in freedom. The people of Morgan are awesome and are always willing to help when there is a need. I cannot think of anything better than to help veterans and their families.”
The raffle was a huge success, raising $2,200. Bloxham, who helped arrange the event, was thrilled at the final amount raised.
Jeanie expressed her thanks to everyone who participated in the event at every level.
“So many people donated raffle items and so many bought tickets. I am so thankful for everyone that gave and helped in any way they could. It was just amazing how people were so supportive.”