Only a few more days are left to donate to the Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta and Colorado Aviation Business Association’s (CABA) Holiday Airlift. This event is held to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area. The collection point is the Delta Dollar Tree. December 13, the local collection bin will be removed from the Delta Dollar Tree and the contents added to the airlifted goods for final distribution to our local veterans and their families.

The Holiday Airlift has developed into a huge project since its humble beginnings, when seven aircraft delivered a total of about 1,800 pounds of non-perishable food and toys to seven locations, including the Delta-Montrose area. This year, nearly 40 aircraft and their pilots are scheduled to take part in the Holiday Airlift on Dec. 15. Aircraft are set to fly out of Montrose to other Western Slope locations.

The event started when Colorado Aviation Business Association was looking for a way to assist veterans throughout the state and to help inform residents of the importance of small aircraft aviation in Colorado. The idea of a Holiday Airlift of food and toys for veterans and their families was proposed, but the CABA board had no way to distribute these items. The board contacted the state office for Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States for assistance. The VFW stepped up to help the local veterans in the areas CABA had picked for their Airlift destinations.

This is the ninth year that the VFW has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans and their families. CABA affiliated businesses and VFW members collect non-perishable food and toys throughout the Front Range and using donated aircraft and student pilots from the Metropolitan State University of Denver aviation program airlift these goods to locations throughout the state of Colorado. Members of VFW posts in Delta and throughout the state help distribute aircrafts full of items airlifted into local airports.

Locally donated items are added to the airlifted goods and distributed by VFW members to needy or homeless veterans and their families in Delta and Montrose. CABA and VFW members are asking for everyone’s help in reaching their statewide goal of 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food and toys this year.

For further information, or if you wish to make a cash donation or know of a veteran in need of assistance, call Post Service Officer Jim Baker at 970-270-3515.

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