By Tim Sullivan
Created by a student whose family members served in the military, the Students for Soldiers club is committed to giving back to local veterans.
This past week, the club visited with veterans at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. I am a part of this club and visiting veterans was an extremely humbling experience. We were all grateful to be able to hear some of the veterans’ stories and just simply thank them for all they have done for our country. This was the second time the club visited the VA medical center and just one of several events we’ve participated in since senior Jules Dunderdale created the club last year.
Jules decided to start SFS during her junior year because she wanted to give back to soldiers and veterans, and encourage others to do the same. Jules’ dad and both of her grandfathers served, and because of this, her family has always been extremely supportive of the military. Jules felt that starting this club would be an effective way to honor her relatives and anyone else who has ever served the country. She is proud of everything the club has accomplished and hopes that it will continue to grow over the years.
Before visiting the VA hospital this past week, the club raised money to donate to the facility through a gift wrapping and bake sale event back in December. SFS also was able to bring material donations to the veterans thanks to contributions from HHS students. In November, SFS worked with CarePacks to help make packages for veterans. CarePacks is an organization based in Weymouth that sends packages to veterans deployed around the world. The packages include snacks, toiletries, socks, shirts, and magazines and books. Founded in 2004, the organization holds community packing events several times a year.
Students for Soldiers, which is always looking for new members, is a wonderful way to give back to those who have given so much. This club is something I’m truly proud to be a part of and one I hope continues to grow. Check out some photos below from this year’s events and feel free to reach out to Jules for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org!