Niagara Gazette — Tidd estimates Chapter 120 is the most active chapter in Western New York.
“I would put my chapter up against anybody,” he said. “The need is always there. We just try to help everybody that we can.
“We just keep trying; that’s all we can do.”
Money is raised through the annual Forget-Me-Not drive, and donations also come through organizations, churches and businesses. Tidd particularly praises Frank Budwey of Budwey’s Supermarkets for his help over the years.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, nearly 200,000 veterans throughout the United States are homeless -- more than 21, 000 in New York state. Twenty-three percent of the country’s homeless population are veterans, according to the Erie County Veterans Service Agency Homeless Veterans Resource Center.
Those are numbers that Tidd and his colleagues will never stop working to improve.
“We’re a very active chapter. We’re very proud of what we’ve done and we’re going to keep doing it,” he said. “It gives you a great feeling at night, going to bed knowing someone’s got a coat on because of you.”TO HELP Items for the Chapter 120, Roll of Honor, Disabled American Veterans may be dropped off at 460 North Ave., North Tonawanda, or at 1945 Parker Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. For more information, call Gerald D. Tidd, commander, at 310-2004.