Both the museum and the library served as drop off sites for requested items.
At the conclusion of Operation Waverly, shelter staff shared how the community’s kindness has provided both warmth and comfort to those who have served.
“We've had six vets picking out items on a regular basis as their needs arise - and a few others stopping in for one or two things - so about ten individuals total so far, and we expect many more will benefit throughout the season. It is truly an overwhelming experience for them to see how generous this community is - so many tears as they look through the items. It makes them feel special and cared for that they get to pick from the supplies that are set aside just for them - many items are brand new and that makes it even more special! One gentleman was looking at the quilts and said he didn't deserve something so nice. Molly [Executive Director] was with him then. She told him that, absolutely, you deserve to have nice things. It took her a while to convince him, but he eventually accepted and took it along with him.
I can tell you also, that it is overwhelming for our staff to experience this with our guests. Many of our vet guests have been pushed aside so often, for so long - that to be able to offer something special that was meant just for them fills our hearts.”
Thank you to everyone who donated to this effort.