WHITE CITY, Ore. – The VA domiciliary in White City is struggling to keep up with an influx of residents. Tuesday, the organization announced a quilt drive for the almost 200 new people living at the facility.
Right now they have 441 residents, and they expect even more expansion after the New Year thanks to grant money to be used on construction of new dorms.
They say more and more people are looking for services, especially during the winter.
“We’ve opened up more beds, and also because of the cold weather we see more veterans coming by. Also the return of the troops,” said VA volunteer Dona Spence.
VA spokespeople say quilts are among the most important items to donate this winter.
They say not only are they warm, but they’re unique, and often have sentimental value for the veterans inheriting them.