ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The American Red Cross launched a new program in the spirit of the holidays, Java for G.I.s.
They are asking members of the community to participate in the coffee drive for service members and veterans in the Southeast Ohio area by donating coffee. Matthew Riddle, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southeast Ohio Chapter, said this is one way to give back to veterans.
“Coffee. So when you go into a VA Center, they offer coffee to the people that come in. This is a way for us to help them with some budget relief, so if we can provide them with the coffee hopefully their money can go directly back into veteran services a little bit more,” Riddle said.
Red Cross is asking for ground coffee in sealed cans or bags only and it can be regular or decaf. This is a region-wide program and they will be delivering the ground coffee to area VA hospitals and centers.
“Programs like this are really important. I mean we’re always trying to find ways to honor our veterans and give back especially during the holidays, so coming up with a creative and fun way that the community can get involved, as easy as buying a small cup of Folgers coffee and bringing it in for us it’s really important and it’s a great thing for the community,” Riddle said.
They will be collecting the coffee until the end of December and if you are interested in helping out you can drop items off at the local American Red Cross Southeast Ohio Chapter located at 7650 E. Pike Street, Norwich OH 43767.