Judy Holmes, with Carmel American Legion Post 155, never misses an opportunity to support HVAF.
At the beginning of each year Judy along with her team calls us and coordinates a Summer Car Wash fundraiser to benefit HVAF’s recovery program. Along with this 4th annual car wash fundraiser held on June 28, she also held a cook-out for the veterans that same day.
“Our Auxiliary and Post feel it is the least we can do to help the men and women who have given so much from their lives to protect our country and freedom,” says Judy. “I couldn’t do it without the team at the Auxiliary…and it makes our hearts fill with pride and joy to be able to help in our small way.”
2013 Car Wash Fundraiser to benefit HVAF
The group has previously collected donations ranging from personal items, food, cleaning supplies and clothing as well as raised much-needed funds for housing improvements.
Last year, the Post purchased air purifiers and fire extinguishers for HVAF properties and bus passes for our veterans. All of these donated items allow HVAF to use its existing resources in other crucial areas.
Judy’s Auxiliary was formed out of a committee four years ago with the sole purpose of helping HVAF. Judy works alongside 7 women who are equally passionate.
Judy’s husband is a Vietnam veteran and her father served in WWII. Her thought on volunteering with veterans is that the act should never be done for praise, recognition or any type of reward.
“The reward of gratitude, appreciation and love that you get when volunteering or giving back is enormous,” says Judy. “I can say that I and my fellow committee members have been teary-eyed on a number of occasions when we’ve connected with the veterans at HVAF. These veterans always have a smile for us.” Car Wash information: 852 W. Main Street, Carmel 46032 Saturday, June 28 from 10-2 p.m.