Incarcerated veterans giving back to community

Published 10:42 am Saturday, June 16, 2018

Jean Stephenson

The Unified Incarcerated Veterans Organization VVA Chapter 1120, located at Deerfield Correctional Center, is proud to be participating in the “Gifts of Warmth” project with the Southampton County Department of Social Services.

These veterans have diligently served their country and believe wholeheartedly that despite their misfortune of being incarcerated, it does not exclude them from serving their local community. They have chosen to help those in need by partnering with Social Services in an attempt to provide warmth to those in need during the cold.

With yarn donations already received, they have knitted or crocheted 127 hats, 45 scarves and 19 pair of gloves/mittens. There are more individuals who would love to share their skill and creativity in this project as well.

Social Services is accepting yarn donations as well as monetary donations to purchase yarn for the veterans to continue their efforts. Participating in this kind of philanthropic work gives them a sense of normalcy and a peace of mind knowing that they are, once again, doing something productive for their country by helping their community.

The group has used almost all of the yarn it has. Our goal this year is to collect 500 items that will be distributed to those in need in our community. If you can help with this project in any way, please contact Jean Blackburn at 653-3121.