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Hearts United Aims to Help Veterans

By Taylor Lane
On September 13, 2013

 

Do you have family or friends serving our country? Are you a military veteran? Do you have a genuine interest in helping current soldiers and veterans? The new club on campus, Hearts United, is dedicated to supporting our troops, veterans and college students with family ties to the military.

Club president Jess Davenport has a lot of connections to the military.

“My grandfather and both of my uncles were in the Air Force, so I come from a military family,” said Davenport.

She is interested in helping those who have served our country, as well as family members who want to feel close to their deployed loved ones.

“What better way than a support group on campus? The vice president, Sarah Colins, has a brother in the Army and agreed that we would feel a lot better by supporting each other,” said Davenport.

“This club is the perfect opportunity to thank and support the men and women who fight for our freedom everyday,” said Colins.

Most of the current club members have friends and family currently or previously in the armed forces. However, some of the members are just interested in helping service members and supporting a good cause.

Hearts United members will be volunteering at veteran homes in Connecticut this year. They will also be sending holiday cards to deployed men and women in the winter.

“Our big project is making fleece tie blankets. There are pink for girls and black for boys. They will be sold and the profits will be donated to veterans,” said Davenport.

The main objective of Hearts United is to make a foundation here at Sacred Heart, but they would like to try to branch out to other universities in the future.

“We are not really aware of how many veterans we have on campus,” said Davenport.

According to Sacred Heart University, there were about 70 veterans enrolled at Sacred Heart in 2012.

Davenport currently works in politics and got the opportunity to present the idea of the club to Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Jim Himes at the American Legion in Fairfield.

A big advocate for the club is Tony Hwang, a state representative from Fairfield’s 134th district and facilitator of the meeting. Davenport is very grateful for his help in the beginning stages of Hearts United.

“Why are we here everyday? It’s because of people out there actually allowing us to live the way we do everyday,” said Davenport.

Hearts United will start weekly meetings in the near future. The club has established a social media presence and recently participated in the Just SHU It Involvement Fair.

For more information, contact SHUHeartsUnited@gmail.com. Or, follow them on Instagram at heartsunited_ and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/heartsunited2013

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