GENESEO – This year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5005 Christmas tree sale was successfully wrapped up earlier than usual due to a greatly appreciated outpouring of help and support from the community, including for the first time student volunteers from SUNY Geneseo.
Deeply grateful VFW Commander Roger Johnson says that the students helped sell just under 400 Christmas between Thanksgiving and Friday, Dec. 12.
“We are very blessed and grateful for the help from students,” said VFW Commander Roger Johnson. “It can be a tough job for us to carry, sell and load up a tree. We had a few come back to help multiple times. We’re very lucky. We had great trees, and have great people.”
Johnson said that this was the first year that SUNY students came out to help. The arrangement was made possible through conversations with SUNY Geneseo’s Dr. Becky Glass, Executive Assistant to the college President, and Wendi Kinney, Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternal Life and Off-Campus Services.
The VFW will use the funds from this year’s successful sale to put on charity events for vets in locations throughout the Genesee region, including Canandaigua hospitals, Murray Hill nursing and rehabilitation center, and Geneseo Central School.
“That’s what we’re all about, vets helping vets,” added Johnson. “No matter whether you’re a World War II vet or an Afghanistan vet, this is about veterans and people looking out for each other.”
PHOTO CAPTION: The VFW Christmas tree sale sign at the Geneseo Central bus garage on East South Street. Photo by Conrad Baker.