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Salvation Army “welcome” kits help military vets settle into new homes

Submitted by on April 9, 2013 – No Comment

My colleague Gail Crandall is very sensitive to the needs of others. And, she’s creative, well-connected and resourceful too.

While visiting the Village of Cabrillo, a temporary residential community for homeless veterans in Long Beach, Calif., she got inspiration for a new way to help veterans in need.

She learned from the female military vets at Cabrillo that when it comes time to move into a place of their own, they need help with some of the basics like dishes, silverware, linens, etc.

Gail decided to get busy creating a program that would combine the efforts of other service organizations to provide each veteran with a “Welcome Home Kit” to help them get settled. The Lions Club was the first to respond with money enough to pay for the first 30 kits!

Each kit also contains a $300 voucher to shop at our nearby Salvation Army Family Store for appliances and furniture.

Please read more about the program and the very first woman to receive a kit!

:: Click here to read the story on The Salvation Army’s New Frontier publications page.
:: Click here to read the story on the Long Beach Press Telegram’s website.


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