Piggy Bank Money Helps Veterans 

Piggy banks aren’t just for kids.

A group of women used them to help veterans.

The state’s first Ladies Marine Corps Auxiliary Unit raised more than $1,500 for the “House in the Woods” program which sends veterans on therapeutic retreats.

The women made the piggy banks, and left them in nine stores in the Bangor area including Maine Military Supply in Brewer and Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner in Bangor.

They got the idea from the non-profits’ “Change For Vets” program.

On Sunday, they presented Dee Woods, mother of a fallen soldier who began the “House in the Woods,” the check.

“Veterans are just so special and I like working for them and with them,” said Margaret Earley, President of 1st Ladies Auxilary Unit #501 of Maine.

“They’re a military organization themselves. By right, they should be earning for themselves and for their programs that they do to support the Marine Corps League. For them to choose “House in the Woods,” another veterans program, is just a big vote of confidence that what we are doing, saving lives, helping veterans deal with their pain, deal with the physical loss of war, is important,” said Woods.

If you have change to spare and want to help change a veteran’s life, you can cash coins in at your local bank and send a check to the “Change For Vets” fund to:

House in the Woods
Military & Family Retreat
2819 Lee Rd.
Lee, ME, 04455

Money raised will go towards getting a special chair for disabled veterans to go on these retreats.

For more information about “House in the Woods,” visit their website.