Since 2007, the City of Milwaukee has held an Annual Holiday Drive for servicemen and women. City of Milwaukee employees, community partners, businesses and residents have risen to the challenge and collected thousands of toiletries, snacks, goodies and more to help bring a little holiday cheer to those who have sacrificed for our country.
The drive began as a way for the City of Milwaukee to share their gratitude with Wisconsin troops who were far away from their homes during the holidays. More than 2,000 goodie-filled boxes were shipped to Wisconsin troops serving our country overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.
In 2013, the Holiday Drive took on a new beneficiary: our veterans. With more and more troops returning home from overseas service, the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County formed a partnership to support hundreds of veterans and their families in the greater Milwaukee area through the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.
This year’s Holiday Drive will benefit our veterans receiving care at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. The goal is to collect items from the veterans’ wish list that will suit their needs at the VA Medical Center through a variety of health services. We are helping to make sure that all veterans and their families have the comforts of home they deserve this holiday season.
New to the Annual Holiday Drive this year is the addition of an Amazon Wish List comprised of items requested by Milwaukee veterans that are available for purchase by those interested in donating. All items must be placed for delivery by Wednesday, December 14. For more information, visit the 10th Annual Holiday Drive Wish List on Amazon.com. Online contributions are also collected via the fundraising webpage.
Veterans Drive 2015