Present during the donation of backpacks for homeless veterans were (from l-r) Veterans Services program manager Todd Hughes, DAR members Rebecca Morgan and Jeanne McMillan, Veterans Service team member Randy Wright, and volunteer Richard Burger

 Present during the donation of backpacks for homeless veterans were, left to right, Veterans Services program manager Todd Hughes, DAR members Rebecca Morgan and Jeanne McMillan, Veterans Service team member Randy Wright, and volunteer Richard Burger

On December 13, representatives from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's Sara DeSoto Chapter dropped off 50 backpacks and supplies for homeless veterans at the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services office in Sarasota. The donation came as part of the “Sue’s Backpacks” program of the DAR, spearheaded by member Rebecca Morgan in honor of her late mother, Sue Harris, who led a similar effort through her DAR chapter in another state. Morgan organized the first “Sue’s Backpacks” effort here locally in 2017.

Items donated along with the backpacks included handmade blankets, clothing items (such as socks, underwear and T-shirts), baby wipes, razors, deodorant and body spray, can openers, gift cards for food, rain ponchos, and snacks like crackers or Slim Jims. The Veterans Services team will tailor each backpack for the veterans’ individual needs and preferences.

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