WSET Partners With GFTW to Help Heroes

Lynchburg, VA - As a part of our "Heroes from the Heart of Virginia" project we are asking you to help out with "Operation Homefront."

The ABC 13 News Team is partnering with Gleaning for the World to collect and distribute goods to military families.

Everything you donate goes to family's right here in Virginia.

Gleaning President Reverend Ron Davidson says he's heard way too many stories of military families struggling during the Christmas Season. So he wants to help give back.

Gleaning for the World is known for helping others when they need it most.

But in order to help military families have a Christmas they deserve, Davidson says he needs help

"We're talking about $2, $3, $4, $5 a family. If enough families did that, we could fill up a tractor trailer load," said Davidson

Specifically, Davidson says these supplies would help military families whose pay grade is between E-1 and E-6. These are the lowest paid families in our military.

"Their families should not be without the food and supplies they need. They should not be without Christmas presents," said Davidson.

Needed supplies range from things like diapers and infant formula to personal hygiene items and pet food.

"If they don't have to buy these things, then they will have the money to buy the Christmas gifts they need for their children," said Davidson

Davidson also says, by donating you are helping to keep the troops overseas safe.

"If you get a message and you know that your family is hungry, you know your family is cold, you know your family has car trouble, and your over there and you got to concentrate or die, if we can take care of the issue here we make it safer for them over there," said Davidson

He says if nothing else, just consider dropping off a few dollars, because that few bucks could mean the difference in a family being able to keep their home heated for Christmas.

"If we could do something for them, they deserve it," said Davidson.

The ABC 13 team was out last weekend collecting your items, but Reverend Davidson says turnout was very low.

That is why we are asking you to bring whatever you can this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the Kroger on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg.