, Derry, New Hampshire

October 17, 2013

Local soldiers donate a ton of food

Derry News

---- — MANCHESTER — Soldiers from the Army Reserve Careers Division, 1st Battalion, Area 7 in Londonderry delivered more than a ton of food to Liberty House, a homeless veterans shelter in Manchester.

The food drive was in cooperation with American Legion Post 27, which partially funded the project to feed veterans in need of assistance, said Master Sgt. Christine Hughes, leader of the ARCD in Area 7.

There are seven areas covered by the ARCD all over New England, and they had a friendly competition to see who could donate the most food. Whichever area donated the most at the end of a one-year period would give all collected goods to a local veterans’ charity of their choice, according to Hughes.

American Legion Post 27 donated $450 to help Area 7 in its efforts to collect donations.

Area 7 won the competition and chose to donate the collected goods to Liberty House of Manchester.

Liberty House has beds for 10 veterans, and serves as a food bank for other local shelters in need of assistance.

In addition to Hughes, Sgt. 1st Class Keith Johnson, Michael Shannon, Jason Merrill and Ken Dionne participated in delivering the 2,000 pounds of goods to the Liberty House.

“It was very rewarding to go over to the Liberty House and deliver it,” Hughes said. “They had five veterans there, eagerly awaiting us. They were very excited, very happy and extremely thankful.”

Liberty House was also grateful because they had just given some of their food stores to Harbor House, another veterans’ home in Manchester.

“It was really rewarding to give back to vets who had served this country,” Hughes said.