Help veterans in need, Friday Nov. 6

North Central Michigan College is working with the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative to support deployed troops and veterans across the state through five Stuff the Truck events taking place around the state on Friday, Nov. 6.

Hosted by the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative, the Stuff the Truck events will benefit student veterans and their dependents, as well as deployed troops and local veterans programs throughout Michigan.

To commemorate Veterans Day, MVEI staff will park military trucks outside Walmart stores in Lansing, Canton, Petoskey, Mt. Pleasant and Marquette, inviting community members to “Stuff the Truck” with donated items.

“We are excited for this opportunity to connect with the community and show our support for veterans and their family members,” said Melissa Colby, MVEI veteran resource representative at North Central Michigan College.
The Stuff the Truck event in Petoskey will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Petoskey Walmart, located at 1850 Anderson Road.
All donations collected will go to student veterans at North Central Michigan College and Spring Arbor University, deployed troops and Brave Hearts Estate in Pellston.

Suggested donations for local student veterans include printer paper, college-ruled spiral notebooks, planners and other school supplies as well as headphones, USB flash drives, and Walmart gift cards.

For care packages sent to deployed troops, playing cards, baby wipes, travel-sized toiletries, and books and magazines are encouraged.
Additionally, Brave Hearts Estate is in need of household supplies for the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry facilities.

For more information, contact Melissa Colby at (231) 348-6820.

North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School.

About the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative: A partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the Michigan College Access Network, MVEI places veteran resource representatives on college campuses throughout the state to help student veterans succeed as they pursue an education.

VRRs provide outreach and assistance during the transition from the military to college life and are assigned to 15 campuses across the state. These individuals are trained to provide support and answer questions from veterans, faculty and staff about admissions, financial aid and other topics.

Participating schools include: Baker College-Flint, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kirkland Community College, Lansing Community College, MIAT College of Technology, Michigan State University, Mid-Michigan Community College, North Central Michigan College, Northern Michigan University, Oakland Community College and Spring Arbor University.