Why a “Year In Review”? Three reasons: to show potential recruits and the curious exactly what we do; to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our teammates; to inspire anyone who’s wanting to help their communities with very little or no money, and with or without a team.
JANUARY: The VAI teamed up with a local high school group for a winter coat drive. Over 20 coats and sweaters were collected for donation to homeless shelters in the area.
FEBRUARY to JULY was a bit of a hiatus as Jason (Ira) and Allison (Sakura) were busy planning their upcoming wedding and settling into new jobs.
JULY: Jason and Allison were married by RockNRoll and standing by Jason’s side as groomsmen were NightBug, Vector and Kaptain Blackheart of Sector III. Later in the month they collected donations for the Samaritan House – An organization that helps families that have been affected by violence and homelessness foster personal safety, growth and self-sufficiency.
AUGUST: They teamed up with GEICO and Stop Hunger Now to package 10,000 nutrient rich meals for distribution to the undernourished globally. Stop Hunger Now is an organization focused on ending hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Later in the month the VAI conducted another clothing, book, and shoe drive to donate to the Vietnam Vets of America – An organizations that promotes and supports issues important to Vietnam veterans, creates new identities for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
SEPTEMBER to DECEMBER: Collected over 1,000 pounds in donations of dry and household goods for The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore – An organization geared towards eliminating hunger in the community by distributing food to over 400 Partner Agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency shelters and Programs like Mobile Pantry, Kids Cafe® and BackPack Programs. We also made connections and will be planning to participate in events with a local organization called Hounds for Heroes – An organization who provides specially trained rescued dogs to Veterans who have been medically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or an equally debilitating psychiatric injury which prohibits them from leading a full and meaningful life. Jason and Allison found out they were going to be parents to a new little heroine or hero!