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Boutique event benefits veterans

Posted: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

About 40 people perused everything from mahogany model airplanes to organic bath soaps at an event at American Legion Post 507 in Newhall on Saturday to benefit Habitat for Heroes.

“I came out to support veterans number one,” said Jo Wrhel, a 38-year-old Canyon Country resident. “They’re under appreciated so I want to support in any way I can.”

Twenty vendors set up tables for a variety boutique fundraiser at the American Legion to support Habitat for Heroes, an organization that retrofits the homes of disabled veterans to make them more handicap accessible. The organization also helps with job placement, education, and medical filings.

J.D. Kennedy, commander of the American Legion Post 507, said Habitat for Heroes helped remodel part of their building last year.

“The mission of Habitat for Heroes falls in line with ours,” Kennedy said. “It’s a partnership that makes sense for us.”

Kennedy said Habitat for Heroes helps veterans spanning from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization helps older wheelchair-bound veterans with projects like modifying their showers, and helps younger veterans fill out Veterans Administration claims forms, Kennedy said.

Trudy Kutylo, a Santa Clarita resident, said she was shopping to thank veterans for their service to America.

“Our veterans need our help,” Kutylo said. “They’ve helped us and been there for us.”


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