There will be no rain-soaked veterans in Coatesville this Christmas!
More than 125 veterans residing at the LZ II and Mary E. Walker House on the grounds of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center were gifted new umbrellas as part of Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery and his staff’s Christmas Veterans Drive.
This year’s drive began when the Recorder’s office reached out to the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Coatesville, asking what their veteran residents might need as they transition from homelessness to independence. The answer was unique: umbrellas.
“It may sound odd, but it was the first thing that came to my mind,” said Sandy Miller, Director for Coatesville Residential Services for the Veterans Multi-Service Center. “Our residents use umbrellas on a regular basis. It’s one of those household items you take for granted until it’s pouring outside.”
“I was surprised,” Loughery said of the request for umbrellas, “but my staff and I were only too happy to help keep the rain away this Christmas and support our local heroes as they get back on their feet. We are so thankful for the amazing support provided to our veterans by the staff at the LZ II and Mary E Walker House.”
Donations were collected at the Recorder of Deeds office from individuals throughout the community.
“The outpouring of support for our veterans is constant in Chester County,” said Loughery. “I am convinced we have the most generous and community-oriented citizens in America.”
The LZ II and the Mary E. Walker House, part of the Veterans Multi-Service Center nonprofit agency, provide transitional housing for homeless veterans with the goal to help them achieve independence.
LZ II, an abbreviation of Landing Zone II, is a 95-bed transitional residence for homeless male veterans. The Mary E. Walker House is a 30-bed transitional residence for homeless female veterans.