BRISTOL — One-hundred and eighteen years ago, the Indiana State Soldiers’ Home welcomed its first patient. Over the years, the veterans’ home, located in Tippecanoe County near West Lafayette, has offered comprehensive health care, residential assisted care and independent living services to thousands.
For the third year in a row, the Elkhart Vette Set, an NCCC Corvette Club, is joining with the Lafayette Corvette Club & Star City Corvettes in “Vettes for Vets” to help the veterans’ home with donations of personal care items.
The group will also accept gift cards and cash which will be used to purchase items for individual needs. One-hundred percent of the donations go directly to veterans, club officials said.
Local club member Diane Buday is looking forward to Saturday’s event, when the clubs will visit the veterans’ home with their donations.
“This is my second year doing this,” Buday said. “It’s just so rewarding and so much fun.”
Participating club members meet at a park near the home and then drive slowly into the 250-acre campus. Last year, Buday thinks there were between 40 and 50 Corvettes at the event.
“Just to see the look on their faces when we drive up!” Buday said. “They get to see the cars up close and we get to chat with them. It’s a very touching experience.”
Items needed include cotton balls, dental floss, shampoo, bar soap (Ivory or Dial), cologne, cotton swabs, toothpaste, shower caps, deodorant, toothbrushes, shower shoes, white socks and game books, including word search puzzles. For women veterans, donations also can include shower gel, nail polish, nail polish remover and perfume.
All donations can be dropped off at the Concord Car locations including 23119 U.S. 33 in Dunlap, California Road and Nappanee streets in Elkhart and 2228 Lincolnway East in Goshen.
For more information, call Tom or Diane Buday at 574-361-1022.
For more information on the Indiana State Soldiers’ Home, visit www.in.gov.