Local business owners created a new event to help raise awareness and money for organizations who help veterans.
Joseph and Rachel Artise own the UPS store in Yorktown Center and created the Mission for Caring event.
The event brought in vendors, a Chinese auction and live music to help raise money and awareness for local, non-profit veteran organizations like the Veterans Miracle Center in Erie and the ANNA Shelter’s Pet for Vets program.
Joseph Artise served six years in the army and did two tours in Iraq.
He says if he knew about these organizations, it would have made the transition a lot easier for him.
Joseph says, “When I got out of the service, I just focused on getting out to work and providing for my family. And I never took time and the opportunity to jump on the local organization and take advantage of that. When if I would have not have been so much of a struggle.”
Rachel says, “It’s a very hard transition for them to go from military life to civilian world, and they look for the support of their brothers and sisters that they served with. So for them to know that there’s support that’s not just a free hand out, that it’s really a support system.”
Admission was $10 or a donation of the following items: Hygiene products, housewares, or new clothing for those organizations.