BEEKMAN, N.Y. -- Local veteran Marc Coviello along with 10 other Beekman residents spent a weekend packaging up over 40 boxes of personal necessities to send to our troops in Afghanistan for the Hudson Valley Hero Project at the Beekman Town Hall.
The goods for the project were donated over the past few months by individuals stopping by the Beekman Highway Department with supplies as well as groups, such as a local youth baseball team from the Beekman Athletic Club.
Items received included everything from much needed body wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, grooming supplies and chap stick, to things like non-perishable snacks such as protein bars and beef jerky.
Some people even donated magazines to help the soldiers pass any down time they might receive while deployed, Coviello said.
As someone who served two tours, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Coviello knows the importance of not only the necessities, but the message a package sends to a soldier.
"It means you haven't been forgotten and that someone is thinking about you, and cares about your ability to have the basics, but also ones safety," he said.
Coviello founded the Hudson Valley Hero Project, after serving five years and two combat deployments, the highly decorated veteran’s medals include the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Purple Heart.
“Anyone who serves is a true hero. I knew when I left the service I was going to feel disconnected, and that’s when I founded Hudson Valley Hero Project. Our energy is devoted to supporting the service members and veterans in the Hudson Valley region of New York," Coviello said. "By supporting our heroes we not only strengthen our veterans but our community as well. From the single donations, to the group donations, it never ceases to amaze me the generosity of our community."
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