Honoring Veterans: Community Donations Directed to Veterans’ Home | Local News

Residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno might confuse Christmas today. Thanks to donations from the community, a van truck loaded with treats will arrive at the facility today.

Army veteran Eric Peterson, founder of the nonprofit Project Headspace and Timing, is leading the campaign charge. This is the organization’s second giving drive since June, when Peterson and board member Mike Longtin brought a similar 16-foot box truck loaded with candy for veterans after learning the commissioner was running out of some items that residents appreciate.

Now, in honor of Veterans Day, Peterson has once again called for donations and the community has responded, with several local businesses volunteering as drop-off locations.

About 70 hoodies will accompany various snacks and sodas to keep vets warm this winter. Nearly 20 cases of Gatorade, donated by the City of Kankakee, reinforced the back wall of the donation truck as many cases of soda were added to the pile.

As 2020 draws to a close, Longtin said donating and thinking of others is a no-brainer.

“Let’s do something good to bring joy into the lives of our veterans,” he said.

Peterson, who also collected video messages, cards and emails to brighten the holiday spirit for veterans, said he was still humbled by the community’s response.

“The veterans’ home needs help,” he said. “I can’t think of a better time to remind them how much they mean to us.”

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