Londonderry students backing Harbor Homes’ Dalianis House
LONDONDERRY — Long after Veterans Day has passed, members of the Londonderry High School community continue to keep servicemen and women in their thoughts.
The school';s relationship with Harbor Homes'; Dalianis House, a former furniture store in Nashua that';s been transformed into a transitional shelter for dozens of homeless veterans, began this past November with the delivery of 100 handmade Veterans Day cards, but it certainly didn';t end there.
Teachers Kelly Giguere and Mary Shank approached Roger Sampson, the high school’s computer support specialist and a veteran of the Marine Corps, last fall when some of their students expressed interest in honoring area veterans.
Sampson himself delivered a huge box of cards to the Nashua veterans home, where he was deeply moved by what he witnessed there.
As part of Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST Transitional Housing program, the Dalianis House, along with three other facilities around the state, assists veterans and their families for up to two years, giving them the chance to pursue employment, combat substance abuse and further their education in a safe, supportive environment.
By December, Sampson and the students had collected several truckloads of gently used home furnishings for the Dalianis House and Giguere began working with the Londonderry High School chapter of the National Honor Society to raise funds for Harbor Homes.Proceeds from a winter dodge ball tournament and the students’ “extreme couponing” efforts totaled more than $2,000, which the students delivered on Jan. 17.
The four warriors are Lance Cpl. Peter Sora (Class of 2002) who died during a training accident at Camp Pendleton, Calif., later that year; PFC Eric Currier (Class of 2007) who was fatally injured in Afghanistan in 2010; Air Force Lt. Peter Sohm (Class of 2011) who died in a plane crash near Goodfellow Air Base in Texas in 2011; and U.S. Army Cpl. Tyler Pimpis (Class of 2009) who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Killeen, Texas, last August.
To donate goods to the Dalianis House, contact Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org.