EASTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (WGGB) — An Easthampton business owner is doing all she can to make things a little bit brighter for the veterans living in the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. She’s doing it “one card at a time” and is Making A Difference.
Mary Ann Hanlon is the owner of Dance and More in Easthampton. At the suggestion of a friend, she started the Sweet on Soldiers’ program last year, as a way to say thanks to the veteran’s at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. She explains, “Customers or the general public come in and buys a heart. The customer or public can write a thank you note to the soldier and we send it to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke at the end of the month.”
Unfortunately, sales are a little slow this year. Mary Ann does the Sweet on Soldiers’ program because she thinks it’s important to be a part of the community. She says, “We do the food drive in November for the community center and we want to get involved with the soldiers, because they’ve helped us as well.”
Mary Ann says based on the response last year, getting the cards with messages of thanks makes a big difference to the soldiers and adds, “We got a very nice letter from the Soldier’s Home last year and they were very grateful. I think sometimes when you’re in the Soldiers’ Home you kind of become forgotten, so we try to make their day a little brighter.”
The cards are only a dollar. That money and the cards collected at Mary Ann’s store at 56 Cottage Street in Easthampton, will be delivered to the Soldiers’ Home at the end of this month.