Plainville Lawmakers Help Local Vets with Donations from Humvee Event

Posted on March 22, 2019 by jpheasant


PLAINVILLE – State Representative William A. Petit Jr. (R-22) and Senator Henri Martin (R-31) wrapped up a successful ‘Stuff a Humvee’ event by donating several hundred pounds of nonperishable food, and other miscellaneous items to local veterans in need.

The lawmakers teamed up with SPC Johnny Velez and SPC Kimberly Westby, who brought the Humvee along with Gnazzo’s Food Center in Plainville to host the donation event. Senator Gennaro Bizzarro also stopped by to donate several nonperishable items and offer his support for the event.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday then collecting items to help those veterans from our communities who are trying to get re-established back as they work to find housing and jobs,” said Rep. Petit. “Thank you to Specialist Johnny Velez and Kimberly Westby for helping us with the collection and personally deliver those items to the Veterans Centers in New Britain and Bristol.”

“These Stuff-a-Humvee events are so critical to help supplement available resources for our Veterans. Too often, our hometown heroes struggle to find their way after returning home. And although we do our best at the Capitol to provide assistance, legislating is a slow process and our Vets need help now,” said Senator Martin. “As we continue to pursue legislation, nothing beats an old school community campaign to bring our Veterans the basic resources they need. Many thanks to everyone who came out this weekend to help us support our heroes, your generosity truly is a huge help.”

Items delivered to Veterans Inc. in New Britain will be separated and distributed to residents of their veteran transitional housing program. Veterans’ Strong is dedicated to providing assistance to veterans, service members, and their families throughout the greater Bristol area.