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The Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council held our first meeting of 2021 recently. During the Veterans Task Group report, Media Council member Kelly Schellong mentioned that there was an opportunity to assist with providing coats for local kids through the annual Bicoastal Media’s “Coats For Kids” drive!

And WOW — what a surprise — Linda Valerio and veteran Mark St. James connected with Miss Kelly and transported dozens of coats to Brookings!

Port Orford’d Holiday Cheer leaders/Veterans Task Group members (DAV’s local commander), David Lawhon and veteran Sindy Flores have been facilitating a clothing exchange since late fall, with goal that this will remain a long-term effort. Along with the Elk’s Lodge’s Shoe Bank donations and the newly formed clothing exchange, the Bicoastal Media “Coats for Kids” coats other clothing and shoes are currently being distributed in Port Orford, Gold Beach and Brookings. On Fridays, Buddy Checks are accompanied by lunches provided by St. Tim’s!

Gold Beach Veterans Task Group members and Holiday Cheer Leaders are Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tirado; Brookings coat distribution helpers are Mr. and Mrs. Skip Hunter.

Thank you ALL and especially the Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council’s members and it’s media and Veterans Task Groups for helping over 25 kids (so far!) and 20 adults by spreading good cheer, providing coats, clothing comfort and holiday joy! Plus, members donated $630 to help homeless folks, some who are veterans.

Our Veterans Task Group still is asking folks who want to help homeless veterans to consider sending a cash donation in support of Curry County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy’s annual effort to provide Winter Weather Cold Kits (survival gear) for our unhoused veterans. To send in a donation, please make checks out to Curry County. Please designate your contribution by noting CVSO Homeless Veterans Support and mail (or drop off) to 94235 Moore St. #122, Gold Beach, OR 97444. Wild Rivers Community Foundation’s holiday partnership grant and private contributions has brought us to half of CVSO Voudy’s $5,000 goal.

Other Holiday Cheer Leaders included Robert Barker and St. Tim’s Community Kitchen Team and Homeless Task Force’s Community Healthcare team Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Slattery; father and son team Jason and veteran Loren Farmer; and veterans Paul Hoynacki, Max Rusk, Calvin Casey and Daniel Moses. Watch for more good news and encouragement for our veterans most in need in the coming months!

With much love and gratitude we salute all of you!

Connie Hunter

Veterans Task Group Facilitator

Serving Our veterans on the Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council

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