Westfield High School student gives back to troops, veterans with care packages

Jillian Battles
Jillian Battles(photo courtesy Jennifer Battles)
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 1:10 PM EST
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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -- A local High school student along with multiple volunteers put together care packages for troops and veterans at an event Sunday at the Shortstop Bar & Grill in Westfield.

We’re told Jillian Battles, a freshman at Westfield High School, partnered with Project New Hope to help send out supplies to U.S. troops and veterans as part of a holiday season effort.

She collected thousands of items from multiple businesses and the community as part of this effort. The care packages included decks of playing cards from MGM, reusable bags and hand sanitizer from Big Y, bags of chips from Utz, gummy bears from Albanese Candy and puzzles, puzzle books, Ramen noodle soup, as well as tissue packets donated by ‘friends and family’ of Jillian.

There was also a special ‘thank you’ message from Jillian included in each and every package.

Jillian Battles
Jillian Battles(image courtesy Jennifer Battles)

After the care packages were filled, they were loaded onto a van and brought to Project New Hope to further distribute to our service men and women.

Click Here for more information about Project New Hope. They serve Active-duty, National Guard, Reservists, and honorably discharged veterans from all eras and their family with locations in both Westfield and Worcester, Massachusetts, and Vermont.