The Wilmington VFW is on life support and could close within weeks unless they can raise $50,000.

Through a series of unfortunate events, including a fire in 2016, and the passing of a contractor to finish work at the VFW Post 5422, the Veterans Organization doesn’t have a kitchen. Director of Operations Gina Wills says prior to the fire, they rented out the banquet hall and had food 7 days a week.

The kitchen has supplies but no equipment to make the food including a popular fish fry. Donations of commercial kitchen equipment include a fryer, stove, grill and pizza maker.

All kitchen equipment must be commercial grade. The Wilmington VFW Post has been serving the community since 1946. The VFW is the Honor Guard which provide military funeral services at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. They also provide scholarships and school activities.

To donate you can go their GoFundMe page or call them at 815-926-2651.