ECMC Group employees pack winter kits for homeless veterans (KSTP)

ECMC Group employees pack winter kits for homeless veterans (KSTP)

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It’s a dangerous day to be out in the
cold without being dressed properly, so on this Veterans Day, a group of
employees at ECMC Group in downtown Minneapolis filled as many as 250
cold-weather survival kits for homeless veterans. It was a small but meaningful
way to give back and as Ellen Galas tells us for many of them this was
personal everybody deserves to be warm especially in this cold. I’m doing shampoo and conditioner, anything’s to help survive a
cold Minnesota night I felt bad that people need this that there is veterans
out there it is 15 degrees out there and they need this stuff. Today a group of
employees from ECMC Group in downtown Minneapolis spent part of Veteran’s Day
packaging up cold-weather survival kits for homeless veterans for some of them
this project is especially personal. I’m a veteran
and I have a lot of veterans in my family. I am a military mom, my dad was
in the Navy and he was on the LST 41. These care packages include more than 3700
donated items as well as a personal handwritten thank-you note and on this
day designated to honor our veterans these volunteers say they are more than
happy to help but are also sad that there’s a need for it.
They’ve given us everything so we could have a nice life and you know it’s it’s
tragic that they’re you know they don’t have the basic needs that they should.
They’re away from their families for many many years they’re in foreign lands
they’re putting themselves out there in danger in the trenches every single day.
Keep that in mind if no other time do it on Veterans Day because they really
really do sacrifice a lot for you. Now according to the Minnesota Department of
Veterans Affairs at last count there were more than 317 veterans experiencing
homelessness right here in Minnesota. Reporting in Minneapolis Ellen Gallus 5
Eyewitness News

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