The Wild Whimsical Women (plus a few men) at the homeless veterans Stand Down on Sept. 20.

A BIG THANK YOU to Somersett residents who donated some great jackets and clothing for the annual Veterans Stand Down held in September in Reno. Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. This year 60+ vendors were there to support the veterans. 

The Wild Whimsical Women joined with the Assistance League to gather, sort and sometimes mend and wash over 700 jackets for this event. Every veteran there who wanted a jacket or two got one.

The Care Matters Team distributed over 100 sleeping mats that day also. Project organizer Diane Williams explained that each mat, fashioned from about 700 plastic bags, takes about 65 hours to make. “These mats were made with care and love,’’ she said. The group – about 60 volunteers in total – has been crocheting the mats every week since February at The Club at Town Center and more recently at Aspen Lodge.

The Care Matters volunteers with the 100 sleeping mats they crocheted for homeless veterans.

About the WWW

The Wild Whimsical Women is a social group of 150+ members who mostly live in Somersett with a few members throughout Reno. Members enjoy broadening their circle of friends, learning new things about their area and community, supporting each other during good times (and difficult times) and also helping those who are less fortunate throughout the Reno area. 

Sharing our blessings is a very good thing!