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Drive to Help Homeless Female Soldiers

Wallingford Community Women collects items for homeless female veterans and their young children.

 

In honor of Veterans Day, here’s a way you can help veterans in Connecticut.

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Wallingford Community Women organization is sponsoring a drive to collect items needed for Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS: FH), a shelter in Bridgeport for homeless female veterans and their young children.

The drive takes place at the Wallingford Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Needed items include:

  • Cleaning products--bleach, brooms, mops, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.
  • Toiletries--shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, razors/shaving cream, soap/body wash, toothbrushes/toothpaste, lotions (hand/body), scrubbies (net kind), combs/hair brushes.

Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes is the first community-based transitional home for female veterans and their young children (under age 5) in Connecticut. FS: FH provides 15 beds and case-management services, and also offers or refers residents to other specialized services addressing the unique needs of female veterans.

The home, opened last year, was established by Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute, working with the City of Bridgeport and the Kick for Nick Foundation--an organization raising money on behalf of a young Wilton soldier who wanted to share his love of soccer with the children of Iraq, but was killed before he had the chance. The house was named the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home in his honor.

For more information about the fundraising event or FS: FH, please contact Mimi at (203) 284-8544 or navymom60-general@yahoo.com.

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