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Somers Girl Scout Devotes Project to Homeless Veterans

Look for the collection boxes this month for Victoria Gerry's Girl Scout project. The boxes will be located at the Somers Library and Route 100 Market.  Credits: Photo courtesy of Virginia Gerry

SOMERS, N.Y. - For her Journey Award project, Victoria Gerry, a Juliette Girl Scout, will be raising awareness about homeless veterans in America. Gerry cited statistics from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, saying that 47,725 veterans are homeless on any given night. Thanks to organizations like General Needs, which was founded in 2008, veterans housed in shelters can receive a hot meal and new items that are donated by the public. The organization’s purpose was to provide “Distributions with Dignity” of new underwear, T-shirts, socks, blankets, dental items (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss) and new or gently used puzzle books. As part of Gerry’s project, she will be placing collection boxes at the Somers Library and the Route 100 Market, where these items can be donated. The collection will run through Feb. 29. 

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