In June 2020, I was contacted by Sarah Sweeny from Military Friends Foundation who offered me a $1,00 COVID 19 Military Relief Fund grant to goes towards immediately assisting veterans and their families and families of Fallen Service Members to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money from this grant is going to … More 300 BBQ Chicken Dinners Delivered to Veterans & their Families in Haverhill, Mass
I would like to share with you an idea that started off as me wondering if me service dog could talk and share his story with my niece and nephew what it sound like? How would explain his work as a service dog? What was his life like abandoned on the streets? Or the his … More Mocha, The Superhero Service Dog, a story about Never Giving Up!
Currently I am working on that I’m looking for advice, and guidance on. I’m in a bit of jam and would greatly appreciate anyone interested in helping or have ideas please feel free to share. In 2017 I started a volunteer group called Preserving Newbury, and last year we started a Community Flag Retirement Box … More American Flag Vending Machine
As the Veteran Grave Officer for the Town of Newbury I get approached often by those looking to properly and respectfully retire their flag. It seemed like a growing concerning, or that just more and more people were approaching me. Without any solid answer and response I decided to take matters in my own … More Community Flag Disposal Box
It’s said that the average person should consume about 8 – 8 oz glasses of water a day, which breaks down to about a half-gallon of water. Your body is more than half water. Which fluctuates through the day as you sweat and urinate. Some say it’s essential to keep your water level in your … More VFW Lorraine Post 29 donates water dispenser to local VA Clinic in Haverhill
On Saturday, September 18 a couple organizations and a team of volunteers came to together and collected hundreds of nonperishables for our veterans. Weeks prior, the community was strongly encourage to drop off food items with contactless drop off. All food was collected in the American Legion parking lot in Burlington. From the second the … More Disabled and Limbless Veterans Partners with Rotary Club in Burlington, Mass Collected Nonperishables for Veterans
Initially, my trip was not planned to look like it does today. However, as the events started to unfold in Afghanistan. I changed the focus of my upcoming trip a bit. This year is a significant year for a few reasons. Did you know that this is the centennial year of the Tomb of the … More Special Salute to Service Trip for Veterans Day 2021
Twenty years ago, our Nation and our way of life came under attack. 19 Terrorists hijacked four airplanes and took thousands of American lives. 2 planes headed to New York where they struck and toppled the Twin Towers / World Trade Center in Downtown Manhattan. One plane made it to Washington DC, striking and attacking … More Let’s never forget those who have been affected by acts of terrorism
My fiancé and I had talks a few weeks ago how I am going to do a few virtual “walks/races” since I have started walking a lot. Walking has become a therapy outlet for me. Well, she informed me a few weeks ago that she signed me up for one related to the military. Look … More Honoring Our Afghanistan Fallen
Memorial Day is typically an emotionally charge time of year for many who have served in our armed forces. However, I never thought I would be experiencing an emotional one like I am this year. Memorial Day is a time when we remember those we have served and made the ultimate sacrifice. Many who serve … More Jarvis awarded Purple Heart Nine Years after Being Injured
Currently hanging in downtown Haverhill from now until Veterans Day as part of the “Hometown Hero Banner Program” hosted by the Haverhill Exchange Club. Many thanks to the generosity of Haverhill Bank for sponsoring my banner. I had mixed feelings on it when originally approached about it. But a few said “you have no choice” … More Haverhill Exchange Club Honors Local Veterans Amongst them is Donald Jarvis
Out of all the things I do and have done, I must say caring for the graves of our departed veterans and properly retiring unserviceable American Flags have become one of my honorable tasks I have been part of. First Newbury, then Rockport, and now Haverhill, all three communities have suitable collection containers for retiring … More Haverhill Exchange Clubs Establishes Flag Disposal Box in Bradford
LAST MINUTE PROJECT I COULD USE YOUR HELP WITH: I am seeking about 30-40 filled Easter baskets. Unisex themed would be ideal. These will be for Men & Women over the age of 18. On Saturday, April 3, 2021, there are going to be over 500+ Easter meals prepared and delivered throughout the Merrimack Valley. … More Last Minute Easter Project 2021: Easter Baskets
Operation Warming Hearts to serve their 2,000th meal this year. On Tuesday, December 22 Operation Warming Hearts and their team of volunteers will be preparing and delivering a home-cooked ham dinner with delicious sides. These meals will be delivered pre-cooked in take out containers. The ham dinners are intended to help provide a nice Christmas … More Operation Warming Hearts to serve their 2,000th meal this year.