It’s coming fast and furious! Memorial Day, that is! And it’s time to kick-off our 2nd annual May Memorial Day Baskets for Vets community service campaign! Last year’s inaugural event was such a resounding success, that we are hopeful this year’s will be as good or better! But we need YOUR help to do so! Would you be willing to donate to our May Memorial Day Baskets for Vets campaign this year? We are creating fun Memorial Day goodie bags with some inexpensive items to brighten our Vets’ day and tell them we THANK THEM for their service to America! Last year, we sponsored 40 Vets in 4 retirement communities in Washington County. The Fort Calhoun Boy Scouts wrote personal “thank you for your service” notes to each Vet for their bag. The Blair VFW posts donated their time and talents, as well as the Veterans Service Office of Washington County. During last year’s May Memorial Day Baskets for Vets community service campaign, we made so many Vets smile! While last year we focused solely on Washington County, this year we’d like to see if we can expand our reach into Douglas and Sarpy counties as well. Our goal is to double our efforts (add 40 more goodie bags) to recognize Vets in Omaha and thank them for their service. Our monetary donations last year covered the full purchase of the bags and many of the patriotic contents therein. Our monetary goal this year is $1,500! Will you help us get there?We will be delivering the goodie bags to the Vets on Wednesday, May 25, so we would like donations no later than Wednesday, May 18 or sooner (so we have time to buy items and put the gift bags together). You would be donating to a great cause and giving back to VETS who’ve given so much to our country and sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms and liberty we have today! Any monetary amount or in-kind donation from you would greatly help! Checks can be made out to Omaha Federal Credit Union and routed to Julie Gasper, Vice President of Marketing, here at our Main Branch. OR, you can drop them off at any of our 3 branches. OR, if you prefer to buy items for inclusion in the gift bags, the following is a list of suggested items needed. Please bring the donated items to Julie Gasper’s office at the Main Branch (or to any of our 3 branches) no later than Wednesday, May 18 or sooner. Please DO NOT put the items in a basket – we will be dividing all the items up fairly to insert them in bags that we (OFCU) are purchasing. ITEMS NEEDEDPlaying CardsSnacksToothbrushToothpasteMintsCombsBrushesCrossword puzzlesWord SearchesPatriotic socks or plain socksAnything patrioticCandyMintsGumSmall JournalsTabletsPuzzles and gamesHand SanitizerWord Search puzzle booksStampsBooksMagazinesGift cardsHygiene itemsAnything that you think a Vet (man or woman) in a retirement/nursing home would like It has been a pure JOY to serve these Vets, and I hope they enjoy their gifts and know how special they are to our communities and our country! Again, thanks SO MUCH in advance for your support and generosity, as well as your dedication to serving your community! Here is a quote from a proud and appreciative Vet last year: “I received the generous bag of goodies today, and was very pleased!! I thank the Boy Scouts and all who donated items, lots of snacks, pens and other things that will come in handy. The people were very generous and I appreciate it. Pass the Thanks along from Jerry Teuscher, Jerry Kobs, Fern Rhode (wife of a career Veteran) and myself, and also for Bud Hunsche over in Good Shepherd. Have a good Memorial Day.” — Pat Hunsche, former U.S. Navy WAVE.