BEDFORD, MA –For the holidays 200 bags filled with holiday gifts were delivered to the Bedford Veterans Affairs Peer Services Department by associates at The Cambridge Homes Independent & Assisted Living community. This “Blessing Bags” initiative was launched eight years ago by Teresa Burns, Executive Director at The Cambridge Homes, and has helped hundreds of less fortunate families in Boston, Lowell, Cambridge, Bedford and beyond.
Items and bags were donated from residents and families, senior care partners, community members and local businesses and organizations including Tribute Home Care, Cambridge Neighbors, Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, St Joseph’s Church of Wakefield and volunteers of the former “Caps for Kids “ organization.
Proceeds will benefit veterans in need through Bedford Veterans Affairs Peer Services, which provides veterans with support for accessing mental and physical health care, recovering from substance use, acquiring employment and housing, managing finances and developing connections in the community. The Peer Services specialists are veterans who have “been there” and can draw upon their lived experiences to assist fellow veterans with their recovery.
Each recipient received a bag filled with invaluable items like personal care products, non-perishable snacks, warm winter accessories, and a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.
You can learn more about The Cambridge Homes at www.TheCambridgeHomes.org.