SEND US WHAT YOU CAN AS A CASH CONTRIBUTION. WE OFTEN HAVE TO BUY SOME ITEMS TO COMPLETE OUR HELPFUL HAND BAGS.
OR, BEST OF ALL: JOIN US. MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY $10. A YEAR AND YOU'LL FIND THAT WHAT WE DO FOR THESE HEROES IS PERSONALLY VERY GRATIFYING.
IF YOU CAN HELP WITH A NEW DROP OFF LOCATION, CALL US AND WE'LL HELP SET IT UP.
PRINT OUT THE FLYER PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE AND POST IT AT YOUR SCHOOL OR WORKPLACE.
IF YOU HAVE ITEMS TO DONATE, CHECK OUT OUR LIST OF DROP OFF LOCATIONS ON THE EVENTS PAGE.
If it's "the little things" that "make a big difference" then we are on the case: Since last November we have made an elder veteran less lonely with the presentation of a companion pet dog, made a housebound veteran's life easier with a new computer, helped a struggling veteran get his kids through Christmas during a difficult time and helped a young veteran family get a new baby stroller to ease their burden. We will continue to do what we can to lend a helping hand to our veteran community!
Above, the crew delivers to the Wingate and at left, Roland Cartier leads the team to the Northwood Nursing Home.
In a telephone and email vote of the entire membership completed last November 18th, HHVF members adopted a resolution proposed by Roland Cartier and Pierre Beaumier that creates a three-person committee to receive and review requests for assistance and provide emergency relief to veterans and their families on a case-by-case basis. The committee consists of the HHVF Director, Secretary and Treasurer.
Any veteran or family member (who is NOT a member of HHVF) may apply for assistance. Simply print out and fill in the form on this website and mail it to us. We will give all requests our prompt attention.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND
Up to this point, we have organized and made deliveries to eight of our targeted local nursing homes (two in December, one in January, two in March, one in May, July and August) with another one to happen soon. Over 150 veterans were personally given tote bags of useful items, clothing and other items by teams of HHVF volunteers pleased to express their gratitude to these folks for their service to our country.
Members recently delivered Hand Bags to D'Youville Manor and Emeritus in Tewksbury..
Kudos to our HHVF Members and volunteers for the excellent packaging of our Helpful Hand Bags -- each with items labeled and specific clothing sizes for each veteran.
Roland Cartier receives clothing items contributed by a group called "KnitWits" from Lowell Army Recruiter SSgt Brennan Marte.
At the October 1, 2013 membership meeting, a plan submitted by Laura Pidgeon called the Veterans' "Helpful Hand Bag" Program was approved by all in attendance. This program solicits assistance from the community in the form of dollars or donated items to create "Helpful Hand Bags" of everyday items for local veterans. Everyday items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors. socks, underwear, laundry soap packs, toilet paper, playing cards, flashlights, batteries, note cards or gift cards for gas or food will ease the burden of many struggling veterans.
Our flyer, pictured on the EVENTS PAGE and for reprinting in the Events Sub-Page, has been distributed, initially at local supporters' locations with "drop off boxes" for this on-going program to assist veterans in local nursing homes..
HHVF'S "HELPFUL HAND BAG" PROGRAM
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