WLEN Announces Final “Thank-A-Vet” Fundraising Total
January 19, 2024
On November 11, 2023 WLEN-FM and WQTE-FM (Adrian hosted the 18th Annual Thank-a-Vet day. The day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County.
$47,551.49 was raised in 12 hours for the “Veterans Dire Need Fund” distributed through Housing Help of Lenawee. WLEN and WQTE staff, local veterans’ organizations and area business people stood curbside and collected funds to support local veterans; these funds are distributed throughout the year to local veterans for assistance with rent, mortgage payments to avoid foreclosure, utility bills, rental facilities to store possessions when they are displaced, transportation stipends and for things as simple as a pair of boots to secure employment.
Again, this year TLC Community Credit Union joined WLEN and WQTE with a matching funds program, matching donations to the Happy Hundred Club by 50%, which raised an additional $8,000.00 from TLC. In addition, DiggyPod of Tecumseh donated $12,500 to the cause. To date over $500,000.00 has been raised in this event and distributed to local veterans in Lenawee County.