‘Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon volunteers, National Guardsmen and their supporters came together for a December fundraising event at Floppy Crappie Lakeside Pub.

December was a busy month for Pine City’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee, with a Dec. 6 fundraiser and – with the help of other local organizations and businesses – Dec. 7 Christmas party at the American Legion for service members.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a nationwide, community-based program meant to connect service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources.

Jada Osterdyk of the Pine City Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee said the group is committed to helping local veterans and their families, and hopes to bring more volunteers into the effort.

“The one thing that I want with this is I want more community support, our local people,” Osterdyk said.

One of the challenges for the group is to get help to the individuals and families who need it. To that end, they welcome tips from community members about service members in the area, and also work hand in hand with other groups that support veterans.

“We get a lot of referrals from the Pine County Veterans Services officers,” Osterdyk said. “We do help within a 30 mile radius so we’re actually connected with the Kanabec County Veterans Services officers also. We get a lot of referrals from those guys.”

To get involved with Pine City’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee,  contact Jan Carl or Jada Osterdyk at pinecitybyr@gmail.com  or 320-629-7451. Check the Pine City Pioneer “Out & About” page for the next upcoming meeting.

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