Our Founders

Pictures from 2018 Christmas Party & Gifts

NWI Veterans Village

2018 Receipents

This year we will be raising funds and collecting donations for:

NWI Veterans Village

NWI Veterans Village is a 44 unit multifamily project located in Gary, IN.

All units are low income and set aside for Veterans.

839 Massachusetts St
Gary, IN 46402

About Very Merry Gifts 4 Vets

2018 brings in a new and exciting opportunity to give back to our veterans in need. Our attention will focus on those who have been previously homeless for at least a year and are permanently disabled in our very own community.

It is our goal this year to give them the things most needed. We will also include a Christmas drive to make the holidays extra special.

After a very successful project to adopt veterans at the Lafayette facility for Christmas in 2017 we realized many veterans need help all year long in our very own Northwest Indiana community.

We are collecting non- perishable items and food for the 44 veterans at NWI Veterans Village in Gary Indiana. So far, we have only met a few of the residents but they have been very grateful for everything we were able to take. After the tour of the home we realized they are truly in need of the basic necessities we all take for granted.

They have a beautiful building with small apartments which is wonderful, but many have no income at all. Only food stamps which does not buy much at today's prices. It does not buy paper products, laundry supplies or hygiene products.

Our goal is to give something back to those who gave their all to serve their country.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled veterans who are in need at North West Indiana Veterans Village in Gary Indiana.

We wish to encourage the community to help us give back to those who served.

Very Merry Gifts for Vets FaceBook Group

Drop off Locations

Currently we offer three convenient drop off locations

Nancy & Henry Osika

331 W Old Ridge Rd.
Hobart, IN 46342

By appointment only:

Music Central

7375 Broadway
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

During Business Hours

The Crystal Lady

Non Perishables Items Only

192 W. Joliet St
Suite A
Crown Point, IN 46307

During Business Hours

Suggestions for Non perishable items

for NWI Veterans Village

Nonperishable - Food Related Donations Needed

These Nonperishable - Food Related Donations are always appreciated and always needed

Alfredo Sauce
BBQ Sauce
Canned Fruit
Canned Goods

Spam, Chili, Soups, Ravioli, Chicken, etc

Pancake Mix
Parmesan Cheese
Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter
Saltine Type Crackers
Velveeta Processed Cheese
White Rice

Non-Food Related Donations Needed

These Non Food Related items are always appreciated and always needed

Hygiene Products


Size LG/XL depends pull up briefs

Shaving Cream

Paper Supplies

Toilet Paper
Paper Plates
Paper Towels


Bath Soap
Body Wash
Dish Soap
Hand Soap
Laundry Soap