The Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs Commission conducted their first “Adopt a Veteran” event this Christmas, aiming to provide gifts for veterans and their families struggling or alone during the holidays.With the help of several organizations, AMVETS included, the event ran successful enough to increase chances of it becoming annually scheduled.
“There were nearly 70 people, companies, organizations who came forward to adopt a veteran,” stated Kevin Dill, commission executive director. “The Cedar Falls AMVETS riders adopted two families and held a craft sale that generated money in the form of gift cards to families.
“We received monetary donations from (Waterloo) AMVETS Post 19, the local Disabled American Veterans, DENSO (Waterloo engineering and service center), Black Hawk County bake sale, Waterloo Woman’s Club,” Dill said. “The Cedar Falls AMVETS donated some socks as gifts. The Cedar Falls VFW Post 3896 adopted a family as well.”