For the fifth year in a row, Wreaths of Remembrance this Dec. 6 will place wreaths at the graves of those buried at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Monroe Township.
The project was begun in 2010 as a way to honor and remember veterans, said Bernadette Blackstock, chief executive officer of the non-profit People for People Foundation.
In 2013, more than 750 volunteers turned out to help place the wreaths.
All money raised for the wreaths goes directly to the program, said Blackstock.
“This is not a fund raiser for People for People or any other group,” she said.
In 2010, 1,100 wreaths were placed. That number increased to 1,300 in 2011, 1,500 in 2012 and 1,800 last year, Blackstock said.
“We have ordered 2,100 wreaths for 2014,” she said. The wreaths are ordered through Home Depot at a cost of $6 per wreath, including a red ribbon. They are supplied by Kurt Weiss Greenhouses through a special arrangement with Home Depot and the People for People Foundation.
Blackstock said the Glassboro Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Association play a big part in helping to provide volunteers, donations and refreshments. The Mullica Hill Women’s Club provides refreshments to the relatives of those buried in the cemetery on the morning of the wreath laying.
“Each year, we recruit and try to encourage youth groups such as the scouts and the Junior ROTC to volunteer so we can pass on the importance of honoring our veterans and families and never forgetting their service,” Blackstock said.
“We do not seek corporate sponsors and most of the funds we receive come from individuals sending in $6 to $12. We are happy keeping it grassroots,” she said.
You can donate or volunteer by going to http://pfpfoundation.givezooks.com/campaigns/wreaths-of-remembrance-2014.