VAMC hosts successful clothing drive this week

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Over 200 veterans have visited the Sheridan VAMC to choose from the 15,000 pounds of clothing available during the organization's first clothing drive this week. "This has been a very successful event," Terry S. Parsley, Volunteer Services Program Manager said this afternoon. The clothes, which were all given away free of charge, have come from a variety of donors. Some were collected via private donations to the Homeless Veterans' Program, some came from organizations like Western Land Services, and in November, the Iron Brotherhood hosted a clothing drive for the event. And at the VA, Facilities Management Services has been laundering donations since October, and volunteers have been folding and organizing in preparation for the drive. "We have been collecting and preparing for months," Parsley said. The clothing drive is officially over today at 3 p.m., and any leftover items will be donated to another organization, he added. The VA would consider doing another drive in coming years, he said, but can't store the items on site. Overall, the effort was a great example of how many agencies in the community come together — even Ridleys donated doughnuts all week for volunteers, and the VCS Canteen offered homemade cookies, he said. For more information on the Sheridan VAMC, click here . *Feature photo: From left, Bradley Fauber, Volunteer Program Assistant, Terry Parsley, Volunteer Services Program Manager, Jim Schlenker, middleman for the Homeless Veterans' Program, and Jamee Ellner, volunteer, fold clothes this afternoon. / Pitchengine Communities photo* #dally