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Holiday Party hosted for Rochester homeless veterans and their families helped by VA’s Housing Voucher Program

The Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s Mount Hope Transition Center at 1867 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY, which provides housing vouchers for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, is hosting its 5th annual holiday party for Veterans and their families, who now have housing because of the program, on Friday, December 14th, 2018 from 11:30AM to 1PM. This holiday party is supported by the Blue Star Mothers # 1.

Volunteers from the Canandaigua VA Medical Center donate money for the holiday party to purchase fresh fruit, veggie trays, a variety of subs, holiday cookies and cakes. This year Pizza 4 Patriots is donating 15 sheet pizzas to the cause. Pizza 4 Patriots started in 2008 in Chicago by Mark Evans. He sent Chicago style pizzas to the troops who were serving in the Middle East. Ten years later Mr. Evans wife, Gail, and their son continue to deliver pizzas to 45 VA’s across the country to Veterans for Veterans Day. Veterans can bring left overs home.

The Blue Star Mother’s #1 has adopted 10 families and 20 single male Veterans who are in stable housing but have very little money to live on. The Transitional Housing staff provided the Blue Star Mothers with holiday wish lists of each Veteran, and family members, including children. Veterans will receive a holiday gift card so they can select their own holiday dinner meat and assorted side dishes and purchase items from their holiday wish list. Veterans are also given stockings generously stuffed with personal hygiene items by the volunteers of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. About forty Veterans and their families attend the event. This year a grandmother assisting in raising her grandchildren and a female Veteran with her newborn are expected to attend the holiday celebration.

Blue Star Mothers is a private nonprofit organization in the United States that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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