MANSFIELD – For the sixth year, the Mansfield YMCA will host its Veteran’s Day Breakfast.
This year’s breakfast will look different this year due to COVID-19. Rather than hosting the event inside the Mansfield Y, guests should arrive and stay in their cars for a drive-thru experience.
The event usually sees up to 100-150 Veterans a year. Sara Baker, director of development & marketing, said the Y has up to 150 meals prepared for this year. The meal, prepared by lead cook Lore Amon, includes breakfast casserole, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, fruit, orange juice and coffee.
“This event is something the Y looks forward to every year,” said Cristen Gilbert, CEO of the Mansfield and Shelby YMCA. “Veterans make up a large part of our membership, we’d be remiss to not honor them on this special day. To all the veterans, we thank you for your service and sacrifice.”
In order to remain COVID compliant, Veterans will be served meals by volunteers as they drive up to the Mansfield Y.
In years past, kids from the Mansfield Y’s childcare program would sing to veterans. This year, they will instead draw pictures that will be laminated and handed out to veterans along with their meals.
Park National Bank and Matthew Trittschuh Insurance Agency (MTIA) will sponsor the event. Warren Rupp, one of the Mansfield Y’s most active donors, is also a huge supporter of the Mansfield Y's support for veterans, and during a non-COVID year they would help serve food and greet veterans. While unable to do so this year, they’re still happy to help host veterans.
“Warren Rupp is a fantastic community partner, especially to us at the YMCA," said Baker. "We don’t ask them to volunteer for Veterans Breakfast but each year they’re first in line to honor the veterans by serving breakfast and bussing tables. This year will look a little different since we are not allowing outside volunteers but they will still be inviting their employee veterans to come out for a warm meal as a small token of our thanks.”
The Veterans Day Breakfast will kick off on Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Mansfield Y. The Shelby YMCA will host their own Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the same time at their location.