Grand Strand Chapter
Myrtle Beach Veterans' Stand Down
On 28 September 2018 Grand Strand MOAA participated by handing out over 200 Blankets and Warm Up Kits to homeless and/or needy Veterans. Just a few pictures from that day :
Funds Raised to Support Veterans in Need
2017 was an extraordinarily successful year for our Grand Strand Chapter’s efforts to raise funds to support veterans in need throughout our area. Thanks to the quick work of Rufus Manning and Greg Hill, we were able to apply for and receive a $5000 Military Families Initiative Grant from National MOAA. In addition, the Chapter received another $1200 Homes for Heroes Grant to assist veterans with housing related needs. Rufus and Greg also took on the task of applying the grants to needs of the veterans by using partnerships with local agencies to identify veterans in need. In addition to those efforts, Greg Youngman developed a new initiative with the Eggs Up Grill restaurants that raised $4600. The Chapter Board of Directors agreed to use those funds to provide food to veteran families for the holidays. We are looking forward to taking advantage of any additional fund-raising opportunities in 2018. We owe a deep gratitude to Rufus Manning, Greg Hill, and Greg Youngman for their hard work in obtaining these funds and developing a sound program for using them to support Grand Strand veterans.
We provided Jeff, a homeless veteran with equipment necessary to live outdoors while he seeks employment on the Grand Strand.
Working with the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center, we identified a qualified disabled veteran (& spouse) who recently arrived in our Grand Strand area seeking permanent housing. In addition to housing, they were in immediate need of food, standard kitchen cookware and utensils. We were fortunate to be able to assist with their request for support with a, one time, $500 gift card from Walmart, thanks to the MFI Grant.
Grant funds assisted Georgetown County veterans through our partnership with the Rev. Earl Rutledge, Commander of the Low Country Veterans Group
Working with East Carolina Homelessness Organization (ECHO) plan to provide 2 home cleaning services to an elderly 26-year USA veteran and his spouse in Loris, SC. Recent health issues have hindered this couple and thanks to the MFI grant, they can rest by the fire and spend a little less energy on daily chores of life.
Our partnership with Eggs Up Grill provided $4600 to provide needy veterans and their families with holiday meals.
Greg Youngman and Dave Townsend were joined by Chris Aranda (second from left) of the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center to receive the proceeds from the Eggs Up Grill “Coffee with a Veterans’ event from Danny Bonar, owner of the Eggs Up Grill in Conway and the company’s driving force in developing this partnership.
Myrtle Beach Stand-down
MOAA Grand Strand Chapter Outreach Services Program Manager, Rufus Manning; and, AARP Leader Stand-down Planner and Coordinator, Doris Gleason, provided absolutely superb leadership - ensuring the success of the Myrtle Beach Stand-down again.
Several other volunteers (from the Low Country Veterans organization - and numerous others) participated and contributed immeasurably to helping attending homeless, near-homeless and needy Veterans who attended.
Thanks to all of our MOAA Chapter members and/or significant others who have volunteered their time and energy for this year’s annual Stand Down event.
Volunteers helped unload donated items that include Army Surplus goods from our storage POD in Conway, stuffed bags, organized and set up material and equipment. We handed out new, warm blankets (with "MOAA Logo"), toiletry kits, vouchers for eyeglasses and clothing, Coastal RTA passes, sandwiches and fruit, T-Shirts and crew socks, knitted and felt caps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, nonperishable foods, etc.
Along with our Chapter, new supporters this year included Horry Georgetown Technical College, the American Legion Auxiliary of Conway, and the Lions Club. The Charleston, SC Veterans Affairs office, and local MB Vet Clinic and Vet Center will support the event with official VA eligibility and record checks, plus limited counseling services. Our local HGTC Market Common, Dental Technicians School, provided dental screenings.
Please click the link below to view the Stand-down flyer.