The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) announced today the delivery of office and residential furniture valued at approximately $47,000 to the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge #2484 in Mather, CA to support their ‘Catch the Spirit’ program. The ‘Catch the Spirit’ program helps the many National Guard and Reservists troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq on extended duty. The Catch the Spirit project is especially focused on helping these veterans’ families who too often struggle without enough assistance to make ends meet.
“In the recent past we have relied heavily on our National Guard and Reservists to play a vital role in fighting the war on terror, and these troops are most often serving alongside our full-time military for extended periods of time,” said Precilla Wilkewitz, President of DVNF. “Many times these reservists or National Guard members leave behind families and good-paying jobs. The Catch the Spirit program is an excellent and vital program to help these soldiers and their families and we are grateful to our supporters to be able to send them needed support.”
In 2007, the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge founded ‘The Catch the Spirit’ project to expand its support for military families and veterans. In the few years following, the Lodge and the project helped close to 4,000 military families who received Thanksgiving meals and Christmas toys.
“The recent challenge of supporting peace and fighting terror in the Middle East has tapped our National Guard troops and reservists incredibly,” said Wilkewitz. “Many of these Guard or Reservist soldiers are often serving for a year or longer and their families at home need all the help they can get. That is where this project is making such a difference for veterans in Northern California and we at DVNF are proud to be able to deliver so much needed support.”