On Tuesday October 25 we hosted a Trick or Treat Open House at our temporary office space, located behind Wings and Rings in Piqua. We are so grateful for a heated location to store the food for our Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives. It also allows us a great space to stage and distribute our Thanksgiving and Christmas meal baskets, as well as organize the items donated through our partnership with Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree.
While this space is only ours temporarily, we wanted to host an event to familiarize ourselves in the neighborhood. Even though our address is Piqua, all of our current programming is hosted out of Tipp City, with the held of our great partners the TippCenter. We wanted to help promote the Trick or Treat at the Miami Valley Centre Mall and hopefully meet some new veterans. We did just that! We saw over 50 people come through the door, and were able to connect with several new faces. Chef Buffalo from our neighbors at Buffalo Wings and Rings even stopped by for a visit!
We were also honored with a visit from Mayor Robin Oda from the city of Troy. Our Director Valerie Mullikin had spoken at the Troy City Council meeting on October 17th about who we are, our Muster & Mingle, the events we have upcoming with the holidays, and about a project she is advising on with the Dayton VA. After the meeting, Mayor Oda took some time to talk to her, and she seemed really interested in what we were doing in the county (and beyond). Valerie invited her to our open house, and she graciously accepted our invitation. She toured the space and talked with Valerie and our Board President Kayleen about our plans for the future and our vision for 2023.
We want to send a special thank you to Richard Trowbridge, from Piqua American Legion Post 184, who came in at the last minute to attach legs to our couch and surprised us with a much needed donation of shelving! Check out our Upcoming Events page to see where you can find us!