Grill giveaway fires up to much more!

The Coles County Veterans Support Coalition wishes to congratulate Eric Barr from our Facebook drawing! He is the recipient of a brand new grill, donated courtesy of the Mattoon Home Depot. He learned about us through Facebook and saw us at the Mattoon Fourth of July Parade. We would like to thank everyone who entered their name into our drawing and began following our website and Facebook page during our 4th of July celebration to announce the foundation of our organization. We hope you are checking back frequently to keep informed of our programs and events!

On that token, you will be interested in knowing that our prize winner, Eric, has a special interest in the needs of our Veterans, and the current care of our military personnel. His son, Cade Gullion, is currently serving in the Army in Alaska. He is very proud of his son’s service. However, he also expressed how emotionally trying this can be on their family. Watching the events of this world unfold causes him great concern, since it could have a significant impact on them personally.

Cade decided to enlist about two years ago, while trying to determine whether or not to pursue an education or a career. He felt the Army was a good option for him, and has been stationed at Fort Benning and now Fort Wainwright. We will be coordinating a care package to send to him soon. How can you help? We will be collecting items like chap stick, Carmex, chewing gum, playing cards, candy, toiletries, Subway cards and iTunes cards. Below is a link for you to support Cade as he serves our country and protects our freedom!

Kari Jones