Non-profit to hold donation drive | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

Jul 1, 2021

From Mirror staff reports

BELLWOOD — Military Families Ministry USA Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, which supports local veterans, is holding a summer donation drive during the month of July.

Military Families Ministry is collecting items for both deployed active-duty troops and local veterans.

The organization is partnering with the Blair County Community Action Center and will create backpacks for local homeless veterans and those currently staying in hotels awaiting permanent housing placement. The backpacks will be donated to the Community Action Center for distribution as needed. Some of the items collected will be sent to deployed troops.

Items for the backpacks include: non-perishable microwave meals, food bars, crackers, peanut butter, fruit snacks, nuts, cookies, beef jerky and Slim Jims, individual drink mixes for water bottles, water bottles, hard candy, bubble gum, Twizzlers, lollipops, body wash, shampoo, bars of soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, shaving cream and black crew socks.

Donations can be dropped at the following locations:

In Bellwood at the Bellwood Antis Public Library and The Hope Center (by appointment); in Altoona at The DeGol Organization and both locations of ARC Federal Credit Union; In Tyrone at Mac’s Meat Market, Kelly Wike’s State Farm Office, and The Beauty Salon.

“We are very excited about expanding our mission to include support for our local veterans. While we continue to support our active-duty service members and their families, our local veterans need support as well and we are working to create a holistic program to help those who are struggling achieve a quality of life as they leave their active-duty service and return to civilian life,” said Tracie Ciambotti, president and director of MFM USA Inc.

Monetary donations can be made online at or checks can be mailed to MFM USA Inc., 338 S. Third St., Bellwood, Pa. 16617.

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