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Veterans’ food drive wraps up with events today, Saturday

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Two Wilson businesses are partnering to support Veterans Residential Services of Wilson with a Veterans Day food drive wrapping up today and Saturday.

Grapenuts Wine at 3711-B Peppermill Drive will hold Vino for Our Vets, a wine-tasting and silent auction, from 5-7 p.m. today. Donations of cash and nonperishable food items for Veterans Residential Services’ food pantry will be accepted at the door.

217 Brew Works at 217 South St. across from the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park will continue the food drive from 2-9 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature an opening ceremony with a raising of the colors, live music throughout he afternoon and evening and food available from Everette’s Concessions.

Donations for the veterans’ food pantry will be accepted at the door and proceeds from both Grapenuts Wine and 217 Brew Works’ food drives will be presented to Veterans Residential Services on Saturday.

Grapenuts manager Shelley Serani said she decided to partner with 217 Brew Works founder Tom Curran after learning that the veterans charity’s food pantry was running low on food. The nearly month-long canned food drive began Oct. 16.

“All donations of cash and/or nonperishable items will be greatly appreciated,” Serani said in an email. “No donation is too small.”

Items requested for the food drive include canned meats, pasta and pasta sauce, canned spaghetti, macaroni, soups, canned fruit, snack bars, beans, dry cereals and personal hygiene products.

Veterans Residential Services at 2500 Nash St., Suite E, provides financial and emergency assistance as well as employment, training and referrals to local veterans. Cash donations raised in conjunction with the food drive will assist the nonprofit with transportation, emergency expenses for veterans and food.

“Veterans Residential Services of Wilson has the privilege of working with the homeless and at-risk veterans of Wilson and the surrounding areas,” Claudia Baker, the group’s executive director, told the Times last month. “It is a wonderful job that we have and very fulfilling. We have the opportunity to see lives drastically changed.”

Grapenuts Wine plans to continue accepting donations for Veterans Residential Services in 2018.

“The VRSW needs support all year round,” Serani said, “not just the holidays.”

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