Nonprofit Group Makes Season of Giving a Reality for Homeless Veterans
In an age where companies are increasingly outsourcing production work overseas, it’s nice to come across one that refuses to participate in the trend.
Based in southern California, Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) maintains a manufacturing plant – a modern 22,000 square foot structure – which employs dozens of individuals, many of whom are long-time employees.
Their work is to turn raw leather and wood materials into arts and crafts kits. The kits are in turn donated to veterans receiving healthcare, becoming therapeutic products of recreation and rehabilitation.
“HHV kits range from leather moccasins, belts, wallets and purses, to wood bird houses, clocks, boxes and more – all of which are designed to assist veterans in their recovery,” said plant manager Chip Purkey. “Our employees are fully aware of who is receiving these kits, and they take pride in knowing their efforts help the lives of veterans.”
During the holiday season, veterans often give completed kits as gifts to family and friends, making the season of giving a reality for many veterans particularly those who are homeless and have no other resources.
“HHV also does its best to utilize American vendors for parts and other kits, such as plastic models or paint-by-numbers,” Purkey continued. “Our vendors fully support our mission, which is to put therapeutic arts and crafts kits into the hands of veterans.
“I have news for those who think that Santa’s workshop is at the North Pole,” Purkey continued. “It’s not. Santa’s workshop is in southern California!”
Since 1971 HHV has donated over 28 million arts & crafts kits to veterans, absolutely free. For more information visit HHV.org.