The Food City corporation assisting a Bradley County veterans' organization this holiday season.The grocery store chain has donated $1,000 to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2598 for its ongoing …
The Food City corporation assisting a Bradley County veterans' organization this holiday season.
The grocery store chain has donated $1,000 to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2598 for its ongoing rebuilding fund.
The VFW post was completely destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Sept. 4.
No one was injured in the blaze, but VFW officials must now look at a rebuilding project, or a move to another location.
Cleveland's two Food City store managers, Eric Hozouri at the north store and Mitch Cochran at the south store, joined district manager Rodney Dillard to inform the grocery chain's leadership of the community's loss.
They felt assistance was the neighborly thing to do, since the north store is located in Ocoee Crossing, less than a mile from the VFW property.
On Thursday, Hozouri, Cochran and north store assistant manager Dale Khan met with a trio of VFW officials to contribute to the veterans' building fund.
Attending for the VFW were Quartermaster Ernie Griggs, Trustee Dederick Crisp and Post Surgeon Carl Zucher.
Griggs said the veterans organization appreciates the contribution, which will go to the building fund. Only around $5,000 has been raised to date, from individual and organizational gifts.
He said no defnite plans have yet been established for obtaining a new post post. The destroyed facility was built in 1959, and has long been a popular community destination.
The VFW hopes to build a new facility on it's North Ocoee property, but that has not yet been approved.
VFW officials are hindered somewhat by the fact the complete loss was not covered by insurance. The post home's coverage was only for the building, and did not cover equipment, furniture and incidentals.
Griggs said other VFW homes have offered to assist, as well as individuals, businesses and others.
"We may have to build a smaller facility than we would like, but that is still to be decided," he said.
In the meantime, American Legion Post 81 has opened its doors to assist the VFW with day-to-day activities and special events.
Anyone individual or organization that would like to contribute to the VFW Building Fund, can go to any Regions Bank and designate the funds to VFW 2598.
Hozouri and Cochran agreed they were pleased to be able to present the gift to the VFW this holiday season.
"Food City has always been receptive to veterans' needs," Hozouri said, adding that Food City's founder, the late Jack C. Smith, served in the U.S. Navy.
He and Cochran also emphasized that the gift is not from their specific stores, but from the corporation as a whole.
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