Red Sox for Soldiers campaign kicks off Monday, Veterans Day

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The Roanoke Buffalo Wild Wings and the Salem Red Sox in conjunction with iHeart radio station Steve FM are joining forces again this upcoming holiday season to help and spread cheer to the area’s veterans through ARCH-supported Trust House.

Many of our local veterans find themselves homeless or in need of assistance. Trust House does a remarkable job of finding housing and providing therapeutic case management for these men and women through ARCH (Advocate. Rebuild, Change, Heal).

During the holidays, these same veterans are often overlooked. That is why the area’s Buffalo Wild Wings, The Salem Red Sox and Steve FM are asking for specific item donations so that these brave veterans are shown appreciation and gratitude this Christmas.

Trust House’s list of the items most badly needed and donation boxes can be found at all area Buffalo Wild Wings, including the Roanoke, Lynchburg and Blacksburg locations.  Donation boxes can also be found at the front offices of the Salem Red Sox and at ARCH’s offices.

The campaign will commence on Veterans Day, November 1, and will culminate on December 12. On that day, employees and representatives of all sponsored parties will gather at the Starkey Road Buffalo Wild Wings for a “Stuff the Stocking” party.

Last year the community came together and donated enough items on the list to fill the stockings  to the top. The goal this year is to fill them again.

The Salem Red Sox are donating more than 100 red stockings that will be used as gift bags in which the donated items will be placed.

After the stockings are stuffed, they will be given into the care of ARCH, which will see that the stockings are distributed to the veterans during the holidays.

Monetary donations are also welcome and can be made directly at https://archservices.org/donate.html.

Businesses, clubs, schools and civic organizations are invited and urged to take up the cause and make item donations from this list: razors, deodorant, pads/tampons, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, lotion, athletic socks and combs and brushes.