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Wrap up your holiday shopping, eat for a good cause in Mesa Dec. 16

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Eat, shop and support a good cause as the Mesa​ ​Leadership​ ​Training​ ​and​ ​Development’s Class of 2018 will host its “FUNdraising​ ​Rummage​ ​Sale and Pancake​ ​Breakfast” tomorrow, Dec. 16, to support their class project, a Veterans​ ​Reflection​ ​Garden, at the new Mesa Veterans Resource Center.

Come out from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to New​ ​Life​ ​Assembly​ ​of​ ​God, 314​ ​W.​ ​University​ ​Drive in​ ​Mesa, where firefighters will be flipping pancakes and fresh, homemade baked goods will be sold all day for those shopping the large variety of items going up for sale tomorrow. All ​proceeds​ will go toward the class project, ​the ​Veterans​ ​Reflection​ ​Garden.

As a member of the Class of 2018, I can say we chose this project after the Mesa Veterans Resource Center opened its doors at 145 N. Centennial Way in downtown Mesa.

In May, Sally Harrison, president/CEO of the chamber, and Mark Young, president/CEO of Mesa United Way, announced the creation of the Mesa Veterans Resource Center for veterans needing a local consolidated source for information and services.

“We realized we weren’t doing what we should in Mesa for our veterans, so we talked to local businesses and the Mesa Veterans Resource Center was the result,” Harrison said. “It’s just two blocks off the light rail and in partnership with Mesa Community College, who gave us the space”

There are approximately 50,000 veterans in the East Valley, Young said.

“We’ve been wanting to bring vets in and give them soft skills training and find jobs for them,” said Young. “There are a lot of opportunities here for people who want to be involved. We will make it easier for vets to come to one place and get all the services.”

The Mesa Leadership Class of 2018 is creating the Veterans​ ​Reflection​ ​Garden outside in back of the center as a place veterans can seek out peace with a calming water feature for personal time and/or events like barbecues.

If you would like to support the Mesa Leadership Class of 2018 Veterans​ ​Reflection​ ​Garden project, visit Healing and Reflection, Brick by Brick.

– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at kmixer@mynewsmesa.com.

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