VT S.U.P.P.O.R.T.S our Troops
Created on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 21:40
Written by Rebecca Reese
ST. JOHNSBURY- Every year a local organization rounds up its volunteers to make the holidays brighter for those fighting for our freedom.
VT S.U.P.P.O.R.T.S., formerly known as The Vermont Supports Our Troops Project, is a Vermont non-profit organization created in 2004. For the fifth holiday season in a row, they’ve brought the community together to stuff care packages and write cards to our troops that have a connection to the Green Mountain State. The event was held at the St. Johnsbury Elks Club on December 3.
Nicquelle Timson is the President of VT S.U.P.P.O.R.T.S. “In 2009, my husband was killed in Iraq,” she said. “I decided that I needed to keep on going.” Her husband was 2nd Lt. Joseph D. Fortin. According to the organization, "She quickly assumed a leadership role, and began to formulate plans for growth. Under her tireless administration, the project has grown to its current state, with the goal of sending over 550 care packages at this year’s event.”
Another volunteer is Lisa Carlson, who greeted people at the door of the event. Carlson is a veteran herself and that’s why she chose to get involved. Being a veteran, she knows how much this event means. “They’re doing something good for Americans and we’re here,” Carlson said. “We know that they’re over there fighting for our freedoms.” It’s Carlson’s way of paying forward.
Carlson wasn’t the only veteran in attendance either. Denzil Whitehill volunteered his time on Saturday and 8 years of his life during the Vietnam War era. “I was lucky to even get a card,” he said. Whitehill said he thinks this event is wonderful and the best part is seeing all the young kids involved like Brooke Hale.
Fourth grader Brooke Hale has been coming to the event every year for the last 3 years, because she thinks it’s fun. And while it may be fun, that’s not the only reason. Hale said she comes every year because of the soliders she hopes to make smile. “They’re away from their homes and they’re not with their families for Christmas,” she said.
This year VT S.U.P.P.O.R.T.S. sent out 500 care packages.