Local students stitch together help for veterans

BRATTLEBORO — On Jan. 16, students from the Brattleboro Union High School's Sewing Class taught by Victoria Chertok (currently substituting for Mary Ann Smith) presented tote bags designed and made by the students to area veterans who live in homes sponsored by Home At Last.

The students wanted to do a community service project to help local veterans so they, with the support of Chertok, made 12 reusable bags that can be used for shopping. Tim Kipp, a board member of Home At Last, spoke to the students about the challenges faced by veterans who may be at risk of being homeless. Currently there are 30,000 vets who have no place to live in addition to thousands who, according to the Veterans Administration, are at risk of homelessness.

Anyone who wants to help with Home At Last's project to purchase used mobile homes, refurbish them and make them available to area homeless vets can contact Home At Last at PO Box 6104 Brattleboro, Vt 05301. HAL is a small local volunteer nonprofit.


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