STCC Vets Club delivers donations to Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
From left to right: Andy Van Lingen, Veterans Club president; Matt Shea, secretary; Kim Mattoon, vice president; Chris Barter, member; and Bennett Walsh, superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Veterans Club at Springfield Technical Community College recently brought some holiday joy to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.
The club delivered four bins and five boxes of donated items worth over $500 and also handed the Soldiers’ Home a $216 monetary donation. The Soldiers’ Home received the donations and check on Dec. 23.
“The donations made a soldier’s holiday,” said Akeilee Murchison, veteran academic counselor at STCC. “The donations served as a reminder that someone still thinks of them and appreciates them. There’s no greater feeling.”
The donations made a soldier’s holiday. The donations served as a reminder that someone still thinks of them and appreciates them. There’s no greater feeling.Akeilee Murchison, STCC's veteran academic counselor
Donations came from across the STCC community, Murchison said. Dental Hygiene donated toothbrushes and toothpaste; cosmetology donated nail clippers, shampoo and nail files; marketing donated bags of STCC lanyards. STCC’s annual holiday party raised two bins of socks, winter hats and winter gloves. Individuals from campus donated sweatshirts, back scratchers, puzzles, slipper socks and facial tissues.
To raise money, the Veterans Club made parachute cord keychains and sold them throughout the campus.
STCC’s Veterans Club, which includes 11 members, is open to veterans, service members and military dependents.
About Springfield Technical Community College
Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, engineering, liberal arts, science and technology continue to provide the most economical options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of more than 8,500 day, evening, weekend and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.
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