V.T. Supports Hosts Annual Packing Event

V.T. SUPPORTSST. JOHNSBURY- V.T. Supports held their annual packing event this past Saturday at the St. Johnsbury Elks Lodge. This event helped those who can't quite make it home for the holidays while serving in the military overseas.

The day allowed the community to come out and pack 600 boxes of everyday supplies for the troops, some of which included socks, toothbrushes, soap and nonperishable goods. This event was dedicated to the late Joseph Fortin who was killed on active duty in the Iraq War in 2009.

"It all began with a first sensor storm with a community member named Dorkis Lee who started sending care packages to raise the moral of men and women serving during the holidays. My late husband was killed in 2009, and this project is dedicated to him and the fallen Vermont soldiers," said event organizer Nicquelle Timson.

Timson also spoke about how grateful she is to be able to hold such an event for those who can't make it home in time for the holidays."To be able to bring our community together especially during the holiday season to actually come out and do something. It's just a great way to give back to them because we appreciate what they do for us every single day," she said.

For former U.S. Marine Fred Gorham, he wants to give back in the way people gave to him. Gorham served in the military for twenty years. "This means a whole lot when I was in the Marine Corps for 20 years and things like this were always nice to get. It's a little bit of home."
Some volunteers have been volunteering for a few years now.
"We heard about it about four or five years ago, and we came and packed boxes and we really liked what they were doing. My brother served so he inspired me to do this," said volunteer Kaylynn Pinsonnea.

"It's really awesome, and it can't be done without the people that come here every year and just pack boxes for two hours. It's just amazing," said Timson.

The V.T. Supports hopes to continue this for years to come.