USW Cares: Local 1123 Partners with Local Veterans’ Service to Provide Thanksgiving Meal Packages

On November 24, United Steelworkers Local 1123 in Canton, Ohio, the Greater Canton Veterans Council and Serving Area Military and Veterans (SAM) organization distributed 40 Thanksgiving meals to area veterans.

Local 1123 President Bob Harper said, “The local union and the Veterans Council each donated $300 and, with an additional $128 in donations, we purchased and packaged the meals. Local grocer Fisher Foods sold the food items to the group at a discounted rate.”

Twenty-five meals were distributed from the Golden Lodge Union Hall in Canton and an additional 15 meals were available at the SAM center in Massillon. Recipients also received a $25 gift card.

Melissa Seibert, executive director of SAM said “All of our clients are so grateful. These individuals were selected from our existing database. We are getting hugs. We have people crying.”

“It was just an idea to bless the veterans in our community,” said Bryan Bowman, president of the recently formed Serving Area Military and Veterans (SAM) organization. “We are just thanking them for their service.”

This project is just one of so many USW's amazing members do every day to give back to our communities. If you or your local are doing good things in your community, we want to hear about them. Click Here to share video and photos with us and don’t forget to use the #USWCares hashtag when you post your stories on social media. If you or your local is doing this kind of work, please submit a nomination for a Jefferson Awards at Don't forget to shout out @Steelworkers!

Below from left; Scott Jacob (USW), Ty Foster (USW), Curtis Green (USW), Melissa Seibert (SAM), Scott Mathie (USW), Cheryl Hanlon (Fishers Foods), Bob Harper (USW), Bryan Bowman (SAM) and John Lamielle (Fishers Foods).

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