‘Operation Care for Veterans’ seeks item donations


PIQUA — Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, will honor veterans by participating in the 11th annual “Operation Care for Veterans,” Nov. 5-9.

“It is our great pleasure to be able to say thank you to our veterans in such a special way,” said Brian Sowers, funeral director at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home. “We can never repay what they have done for us, but we can show our appreciation in this small way.”

Each year on Nov. 11, Americans throughout the world commemorate Veterans Day, a day set aside to thank our nation’s veterans for service given and sacrifices made to protect the freedoms of our great nation.

This year the funeral home is going to do something a little different. In talking with the Dayton VA Hospital, they stated they had a greater need for new sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear and socks in sizes XL-5X. They also need personal hygiene items in all sizes to include deodorant, bodywash, shampoo, shaving cream, body lotion, toothpaste, as well as toothbrushes, denture adhesive and cleaner, lip balm, brushes, combs, nail clippers, emery boards and razors. For more information, visit the Facebook page at Melcher Sowers Funeral Home. “Operation Care for Veterans,” is a unique way to honor these heroes. Beginning Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 9, nearly 1,000 VFMV providers in 49 states will be donating to veterans in VA hospitals or veterans homes nationwide.

The date for the promotion has historic significance: Nov. 11 is the anniversary of the Armistice signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918. At 5 am. Monday, Nov. 11, 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice, an order was issued for all firing to cease, bringing the hostilities of the First World War to an end.

Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, 646 West High St., is the area’s official Operation Care for Veterans collection center. Area residents may drop off items to be donated to the Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital and home.

Collection hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5-9.