ADRIAN — Contributions put toward a flag exchange program last month in Adrian resulted in $2,500 being raised for veterans housing in Lenawee, Hillsdale and Jackson counties.
Gleaner Life Insurance Society conducted a flag exchange program at its home office in Adrian correlating with the Flag Day holiday. The program, which allowed people to replace their worn-out or tattered flags with a brand-new flag, raised nearly $1,250.
Gleaner Life matched that amount.
The project handed out 180 new American flags, while more than 300 old and weathered flags were dropped off. The old flags will be properly retired by Adrian’s American Legion Post No. 97.
The total amount of money raised was passed along from Gleaner Life to Community Action Agency (CAA) of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties, which accepted the donated funds June 22.
A news release from Gleaner Life said CAA will use the money to support its Veterans Families program.
“We serve about 100 veterans every year in six different counties,” Ted Crockett, a CAA veterans housing advocate, said in the news release. “A lot of this will be what I would call ‘gap funding’ to help other unmet needs and fill those gaps for things we can’t get with other funding. We might be able to get furniture, a table or a couch that our grant couldn’t get for a veteran when we house them.”