Last year, Sweats for Vets wanted to raise 1,100 new Boston-team hoodie sweatshirts. Because of the extreme generosity of our donors, Sweats for Vets exceeded its goal of 1,100 sweatshirts and delivered 1,137 sweatshirts to homeless veterans in all the New England states (54 different locations). Many of the homeless veterans also received both a sweatshirt and a smaller gift (hat, gloves or socks) at the Christmas Eve breakfast at the Vets Inc. Worcester location. The veterans have been shocked by the degree of kindness that Sweats for Vets shared with them, and almost all of them shared a sincere, “Thank you.” Many of our veterans in Boston came in right from the cold, opened their present and immediately put it on, even over their existing jacket. Cindy Correll, the Development Director at Veteran Homestead in Gardner stated, “The veterans all had lovely packages to open and their smiles were priceless!”
This year, Sweats for Vets has plans to go deep into Connecticut and up into the Albany, New York area. To do so, they will need to increase their donations up to 1,250 sweatshirts. Vital stated that 80% of all donations comes from the generosity of Marlborough organizations and its residents. This year, individual donations can be dropped off at Welly's Restaurant on Main Street, or the American Legion on Maple Street. Other locations include: Finnegan's Pub in Hudson or Julio's in Westborough.
Dear Sweats for Vets Contributors,
I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your donations to our organization. Because of the extreme generosity of our donors, we exceeded our 2017 goal of 1,100 sweatshirts and delivered 1,137 sweatshirts to homeless veterans in all the New England states. I want you to know that every homeless veteran received both a sweatshirt and a smaller gift (hat, gloves or socks) at our Christmas Eve breakfast at the Vets Inc. Worcester location. The veterans have been shocked by the degree of kindness we share with them, and almost all of them shared a sincere, “Thank you.” Many of our veterans in Boston came in right from the cold, opened their present and immediately put it on, even over their existing jacket. Cindy Correll, the Development Director at Veteran Homestead stated, “The veterans all had lovely packages to open and their smiles were priceless!”
Sweats for Vets started soliciting for donations in September and have recently ended our efforts just after the Christmas season. Our campaign this year delivered 1,137 sweatshirts and supported 14 different shelters across New England (54 different homeless facilities). Every homeless veteran at the following Massachusetts shelters: Vets Inc. shelter in Worcester; the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston; the Veterans’ Homestead in Fitchburg; the Veterans’ Transition House in New Bedford; the two Soldier On shelters in Leeds and Pittsfield; Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill; The MainSpring Shelter in Brockton; Father Bill’s Shelter in Quincy; the Harbor Homes Veterans Shelter in Nashua, New Hampshire; Liberty House in Manchester, New Hampshire; The Veteran Place in Northfield, Vermont; Preble Street Shelter in Portland, Maine; Volunteers of America in Biddeford, Maine, and the Operation Stand Down shelter in Providence, RI received either a Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins or Celtics sweatshirt.
What’s next? I hope to take the campaign momentum from this year, and apply it to our annual goal for 2018. Our goal for later this year will be 1200 sweatshirts. If we reach our goal this year, we hope to be able to say that we have provided a warm sweatshirt to every homeless veteran in the entire New England area. Yet, please be ensured that we will not stop until we can say that we have supported 100% of our homeless veterans.
Again I want to thank you very much for your kindness and generosity. Please call me at home if you have any immediate questions: (508) 229-3160.
Mark A. Vital, President
Providing Sweatshirts to Our Homeless Veterans
Our annual goal for 2017 is to collect 1,100+ Boston team sweatshirts. In doing so, we will be able to reach our homeless veterans in all six New England states. Once achieved, the sweatshirts will be wrapped and delivered during our Christmas vacation. This tremendous effort will help to keep our veterans warm this winter and bring to them a little pride.
How can you help?
Last year, we had a great campaign raising slightly over 900 sweatshirts for the homeless veterans across New England. Our goal this year is to raise 1,000 sweatshirts, with hopes to offer a Boston team sweatshirt to every homeless veteran this Christmas season!
PLEASE HELP US!
As our 2014 campaign comes to an end, I just want to thank everyone who contributed to this year's amazing success.
We have had some large donations from Finnegan's Pub in Hudson, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) - Marlborough Chapter, Marlborough Veterans Council, the Marlborough Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, the Marlboro AMVETS, and many outstanding individuals. Yet, with all the Boston team sweatshirts already donated, we are in dire need to receive more!
We want to provide sweatshirts to all of our homeless veterans in Central Massachusetts and Boston. Won't you please help?
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Sweat Shirts (size large preferred) can be dropped off at the following locations:
Effective Date of Exemption: August 2, 2012
The Internal Revenue has approved Sweats for Vets as a 501(C)3 public charity - Contributions are now deductible under section 170 of the Code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. When making a donation, please note our E.I.N. (46-0691497) or our D.L.N. number (17053228331003).