Liquor store customers donate bottle and can refunds to help veterans in need

LAKEVILLE, Mass. — Customers at Muckey’s Liquors in Lakeville have been busy feeding bottles and cans into the refund machines. But many of them aren’t keeping their money.

“There’s a lot of good people that just want to help and we do look forward to that. I mean that’s why we do this, just to help them out,” said Billy Seckinger, general manager of Muckey’s Liquors.

Muckey’s Liquors is a family-owned business and the military plays a prominent role in the store. Both of Seckinger’s grandfathers served our country.

There is a large mural along a wall that honors our veterans. Members of the American Legion Post 64 also often hold donation events at the store.

During the past few weeks, customers donated more than $1,100 worth of bottle and can returns to help veterans in need. Muckey’s Liquors teamed up with the local chapter of Rolling Thunder, a national organization that works to keep POW / MIA issues in the public eye. They purchased men’s and women’s warm clothing and donated it all to the Brockton VA Hospital for veterans who are about to head home.

“As soon as you hand over a pair of socks or a hat the smile goes ear to ear. They are just so happy to have a complete stranger to come in with one of these hats on and offer them something,” said Bob Burke, a US Army veteran and member of American Legion Post 64.

Proving a nickel can go a long way. In the past, Muckey’s Liquors has collected donations from customers for new flags for the Massachusetts National Cemetery. In October they also collected donations for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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