For most people the holidays are a time for family and friends but for our war heroes in VA hospitals it can be sad and lonely.

It’s heartbreaking to realize that many of these brave service men and women don’t have family in the area and some have no family at all.

Project Help is ever so aware of this heartbreaking situation. Periodically they visit the Lyons hospital and bring cards from youngsters and treats for the PTSD ward. “The patients love it…they are so happy to see us. We spend a couple of hours talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. It does my heart good to touch the hearts of many and bring a smile to their faces,” said Sandy Mitchell, executive director of Project Help.

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As Christmas approaches, the need for personal contact is urgent. Project Help is doing a “Sign a Card” drive for veterans at Lyons hospital. For a donation of your choice, you get to choose a sentiment and have your name signed to the card. All the cards will be personally delivered to the VA hospital on December 18 and given out to the men and women who won’t be home for Christmas. 

Please use this to choose your donation and sentiment. Your name will come from the donation form you complete and will be affixed to the card.

Any excess revenue will go into the Project Help Hardship Fund to assist veterans and their families in times of need. The fund is designated to help pay bills or provide food and gas cards for New Jersey veterans who qualify.

Project Help is a local, all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving the needs of veterans in financial distress and assisting in career placement with Fortune 500 companies and unions.

“We are currently accepting applications to serve on the Board of Directors as well as onboarding volunteers for committee work in 2019,” said Mitchell. For more information, please call 973-875-2068. Financial support to the Hardship Fund is greatly appreciated as well.

We look forward to providing some joy and support to the veterans who have given so much. is a member of the New Jersey Press Association and is a hyperlocal news site that serves residents, organizations and business owners of Denville, New Jersey.

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