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Veterans Welcomed Home with Sweet Treats Donated by Somerset County Girl Scouts and Somerset Hills YMCA

Troop #60988 dinner in a basket for local veterans. Pictured left to right are Molly Marazita, Elizabeth Perna, Alicia DeMarchi, Reese Lewin, Ellie Martinson and Emily Perna.
Clifton Campbell of Newark cannot contain his enthusiasm at the generous gift delivered to his new home as part of a welcome home kit.

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - On Saturday, February 11 veterans moving out of Valley Brook Village’s transitional housing into their own apartments received “Dinner in a Basket” from Girl Scouts from across Somerset County. Earlier in January, Girl Scouts from 15 troops combined efforts at an annual Girl Scout Pool Party held at Somerset Hills YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA. For the third year in a row, the Girl Scouts gathered to enjoy dancing, playtime in the pool and a service project.

This years’ service project, Dinner in a Basket, benefited eighteen veterans who are moving out of transitional housing into their own apartments. Somerset Hills YMCA joined the Girl Scout Troops to collect and assemble starter kitchen kits including food and essential utensils to make the first meal in their new homes.

“The Y’s annual Girl Scout Celebration offers positive and inspiring activities and teaches the girls social responsibility through participation in a service project that benefits our local veterans,” said Erika Lewin, Somerset Hills YMCA Girl Scout Coordinator. “The feeling of accomplishment and connection the girls gain from the event cannot be overstated.”

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As a charitable organization, the Y is dedicated to strengthening community. Since 1861 YMCAs across the country have been supporting veterans and their families. Somerset County YMCA offers military memberships to active duty personnel and their families. To learn more, visit us at

About the Somerset County YMCA

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at


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