The American Red Cross in Massachusetts partnered with Encore Boston Harbor and their employees to bring some joy this holiday season to veterans at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass.
In a two-day event, Encore Boston Harbor employees and Red Cross volunteers assembled more than 500 bags of supplies for are veterans. Encore Boston Harbor provided shampoo, toothbrushes and other hygiene items, along with activity books to fill up comfort kit bags. Encore employees volunteered to build the kits and distribute them in Bedford to veterans in need.
“The Red Cross is a phenomenal organization and we’re honored to be partnered with them,” said John Tocco, executive director for government and community relations for Encore Boston Harbor. “The Red Cross as a national organization, but it’s the grass roots that appealed to us. Being able to respond to every disaster, being able to connect with the families in our neighborhoods; it’s extremely important to us.”
More than 30 Encore Boston Harbor employees joined Red Cross staff and volunteers in Medford, Mass., December 5 to make the more than 500 comfort kits. Encore employees wrote ‘thank yous’ in holiday cards and packed them in with the other supplies.
“These partnerships are so important to support our military families and veterans,” said Holly Grant, chief executive officer for the Red Cross in Massachusetts. “The Red Cross needs partnerships like Encore Boston Harbor to help us support both our military communities and those affected everyday by disasters.”
The Service to Armed Forces program regularly partners with VA facilities across the state to ensure veterans have what they need during their hospital stays.
“I’ve seen their faces when they receive even the smallest gift, they know that someone is thinking about them,” Said Dawn Sargent, director for Service to the Armed Forces in Massachusetts for the Red Cross. “Veterans have told me that the show of support is greater than any gift they might receive.”
The Service to Armed Forces program is one of the founding missions of the Red Cross. By providing emergency communications services, financial assistance and reconnection workshops; the Red Cross and its volunteers help thousands of active duty military members, their families and veterans every year.
Encore Boston Harbor is a $2.6 billion five-star global destination gaming resort featuring 671 hotel rooms with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor, an ultra-premium spa, specialty retail, award-winning dining, and state-of-the-art ballroom and meeting spaces. The three-million-square-foot resort will generate more than 4,000 construction jobs and 10 million labor hours, more than 4,500 permanent jobs, $265 million in traffic mitigation and approximately $660 million in direct annual expenditures from Wynn ($242 million in annual taxes and fees, $170 million in payroll and $249 million in goods and services to operate and maintain the resort). It is the largest private, single-phase development in the history of the Commonwealth.