Authors4Veterans - Veteran's Day 2018 - Reader Contributions (#Authors4Veterans)
Thank you so much for your interest. Authors4Veterans is the brain child of Stacey Joy Netzel and PJ Fiala. Both of us are mothers of military sons, and we’ve each had a son who has been deployed. Veterans causes and charities have always been a focus for both of us, so we decided to take it to the next level and manage our own charity drive so we can oversee it from start to finish.

We’re focusing once again on Fisher House Wisconsin.

"Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment." You can read more about Fisher House here: https://www.fisherhouse.org/

What are we doing?

We are filling 30 tote bags with books, swag and necessities or personal items which will be given to families staying at the Fisher House in Milwaukee, WI. The Milwaukee Fisher House has 16 rooms, which turn over sometimes as soon as a few days and sometimes a few months, depending on the family's soldier or Marine's hospital stay. Our prior donation bags turned over in two weeks and were met with positive comments and gratitude.

How can you be involved?
Items needed:

1. Comfort items such as tooth brushes, shower soap, shower puffies, tissues, hair bands, combs and brushes, deoderant, journals, fashion scarves, blankets, shampoos, socks, razors, anything you can think of that someone who had to make a quick trip to the hospital or, in the case of Fisher House, a hotel type atmosphere, would need. Books are great, puzzles, cards, smaller games for down time. Basically, think of things you'd like to receive and donate that in any quantity you'd like to send. (No candles please.)

2. If you prefer to send a monetary donation, any amount is appreciated and used to either supplement donated bags with items still needed or donated to Fisher House. You can send your monetary donation via Paypal to: a4veterans@gmail.com

3. A personalized note from you to the family. If you would please write a note to the family who receives your bag, we would appreciate it. These families are usually dealing with health issues which is why they’re at Fisher House, financial hardships and more. A kind note along with the bag can go along way to make them feel better.

***Fisher House doesn’t allow snacks in the rooms but said if you wanted to send snack items, they would be put in their kitchen where they have baskets available for anyone who needs a little treat.

Timeline:
September 25th: Deadline for sign up & sponsorship payment (Via Paypal: a4veterans@gmail.com)
October 15th- Deadline for donated items to be sent to PJ Fiala (1466 Sandy Springs Ct., De Pere, WI 54115)
November 9th – Stacey Joy Netzel and PJ Fiala will personally deliver the 30 bags to Fisher House

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