Sep. 18, 2020
– The Hanover-based For the Love of a Veteran Inc. received a $45,000 grant, essentially saving it from closing, Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) announced. The Veterans Trust Fund grant will be used to supply care packages to members of the United States Armed Services who are serving throughout the world.
“This grant came at a time when we were trying to make the hard decision of closing the charity down or struggling to keep it open. It was one of the deciding factors to keep it going,” said Christine Waltz, who founded For the Love of a Veteran. “Our postage is in excess of $8,000 a month and that is not including the contents of the boxes and the boxes themselves. We are very grateful for this grant.”
Each year, For the Love of a Veteran mails thousands of care packages to armed service members deployed around the globe. In just one year, the organization sent 13 tons worth of packages to active duty personnel. The charity also looks after veterans, sending hundreds of packages to veterans in need each year.
“The pandemic has had such a negative impact on all organizations, forcing them to cancel much-needed fundraising events,” Klunk said. “As Christine said, this funding could not have come at a more perfect time. I hope this grant will provide the needed money to get For the Love of a Veteran through this trying time so that it can continue to provide a piece of home to our brave soldiers, sailors and airmen serving abroad.”
The grant program is funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID and renewing a motor vehicle registration, as well as proceeds from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations.
Representative Kate A. Klunk
169th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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