Fayetteville For the second year in a row, Maple Downs, an independent senior living community in Fayetteville, is raising money to send veterans through an excursion program which uses outdoor adventure to assist returning servicemen and women in the transition from combat to civilian life. Maple Downs is partnering with Freedom of Espresso this summer to raise money to send two veterans through the “Outward Bound for Veterans” program for free.
Through the “Outward Bound” program, veterans can choose to participate in outdoor wilderness courses across the country, from the canyons of Utah to the coast of Maine. The courses are designed to help veterans build pride, trust and communication skills needed to properly readjust to their families, jobs and communities.
Maple Downs has already started fundraising through a pancake breakfast and a “sea of flags” program, in which people can buy a flag to put in front of the main building in memory or in honor of a veteran. But its biggest fundraiser yet will be taking place on July 6 at Freedom of Espresso in Fayetteville.
Anyone who makes a donation to “Outward Bound” will receive a ticket worth $2.50 towards anything at Freedom of Espresso in Fayetteville. Donations may be made on July 6 at Freedom of Espresso in Fayetteville or by stopping at Maple Downs at any time. Everyone who makes a donation is entered into a raffle for a recliner, which was donated by China Towne Furniture.
“Doing these things for the veterans is wonderful,” said Mary Binsley, head of Marketing and Sales at Maple Downs. “Veterans give up a lot when the go into service – going overseas, they have to leave their jobs and families behind and put their lives on hold. We’re excited that this is going to be one of our annual programs.”