Swift family volunteers pictured with Huron Township volunteers and Santa Claus during last year’s event. (Photos courtesy of Swift Transportation)
This will be our fourth year hosting this wonderful event and with each passing year it grows. It is hard to find the right words to express just how much this dinner means to us, to the awesome people who support it and for the ones who attend. This event is open to the public; if you have never attended please try to come this year.
Each year we are able to do a little bit more to help our veterans and their families. This is all due to the support of our communities, families and our veterans. And this year is no different and we have a lot of help making it all happen. I like to recognize some of the wonderful people from Huron Township. Their support, hard work and giving hearts have made a difference in many lives.
Thank you to Amy Niemann and each of her students from Brown and Miller Elementary Schools. Amy and her students have been making a positive difference in the lives of our veterans and our deployed troops from the very start of this event. For the last four years, thousands of cards Amy and her students have made were given to our veterans and sent to our deployed troops. Their support has been shown worldwide. To each student over the last four years and to Amy, I say to you, thank you for caring. Your thoughtfulness has and will continue to shine brightly to each person your cards have touched. You do make a difference.
Angie and Katie Greene have been supporters from the start, too. Not only did Katie take part in all the wonderful cards that were made but she helps with the dinner each year. She cleans tables, helps restock the buffet, and she is one of Santa’s helpers. Ms. Katie also helps her mother, Mrs. Angie Greene organize the raffle table. Mrs. Angie Greene collects raffle items, helps with the tickets and she helps with one of the hardest tasks, food shopping for the dinner. The Greene family has been supportive and very involved in this event from day one. Thank you for making a difference.
Mary Ann Rowland, thank you for joining us last year. From the time you called me last year stating, “I want to help. What do you want me to do?” you have not stopped with your support. Not only does Mary Ann help with raffle items, donations, preparations for the dinner, she has the inside scoop on Santa! I am about to share a secret with all the kids… Mary Ann is Mrs. Claus! Thank you very much for everything you do and for making a difference.
From the individuals to corporate supporters, you all have made a difference. I would particularly like to thank two of our corporate supporters Huron Township.
Chapp and Bushey Oil Co. You have always been a huge supporter of the community and willingly make a positive difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for supporting our wonderful event over the years.
Photos: Last year’s Christmas dinner for veterans
This year one company made a very generous donation toward this event that will make a huge impact and we hope that you will be at the event to share this with us. Their generosity made it possible for us to transport homeless veterans to attend the dinner in their honor; with their generous support the transportation costs were covered. Thank you Michigan Memorial Funeral Home for make this possible and making a difference.
Not only did Michigan Memorial Funeral Home make a generous donation, they also offered to be the collection site for the homeless veterans care backpacks. With the help of Mary Ann Rowland and the point person for the Eternal Knights Masonic Riding Association from Southgate, Debbie Taylor, this awesome group will ensure that our veterans will have some of the basic items they need. When we call do a little we accomplish a lot. Donations will be accepted at Michigan Memorial through Nov. 10.
It takes a lot of volunteers to help with this event and the Eternal Knights Masonic Riding Association jumped right in and has been giving 110% to make this another great day for our veterans. Not only are they heading up the veterans care backpacks they support this event until the last table is cleaned after the dinner. This is an awesome group of people who can inspire you to get involved and do more. Thank you, Debbie Taylor and the Eternal Knights Masonic Riding Association.
For more information about Michigan Memorial’s donation drive, please click here
There are a lot of people who make this day possible for our veterans but the one thing that really stands out is the food. Succulent turkey, mouthwatering ham, creamy hot gravy, fluffy buttery potatoes, sweet and savory sweet potatoes, tender green bean casserole, warm fragrant dressing and hot fresh rolls. This excellent food is prepared by the students of the Riverview High School Culinary Program. These future chefs come from many different school districts and put so much love and time into preparing this excellent dinner… it shows in their end result. Thank you to each and every student who has been involved over the last few years; you all have made a positive difference.
To all the employees of Swift Transportation who donate to Swift Charities, thank you for helping to make this day possible. When we all do a little, we accomplish a lot. And this extends to our employment opportunities to our veterans with our Military Apprenticeship Program.
Military Apprenticeship Program is through the Department of Labor and the Veteran Administration. Swift is the only carrier with a National Approval under the Valor Act. This means more help for our veterans and this includes the National Guard. Our wonderful recruiter, Scott Hanly here in New Boston, can give you all the details for this program. You can reach Scott at 248-980-1074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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