For the past four months, volunteers at the Havasu Community Health Foundation have been covertly dispersing backpacks around town that are filled with bottled waters, shampoos and packaged tarps, among other items.
The purpose of the organization’s backpack project is to supply homeless veterans with the supplies they need to survive Lake Havasu City’s harsh desert conditions.
“I understand that the veterans are out there because some of them want to be out there and that some of them are suffering from [post-traumatic stress disorder],” said Linda Seaver, a member of the HCHF board of directors and overseer of all its programs. “It’s sad for us that they’ve given so much of their life for us so this is just a little bit of something that we can do for them.”
The project — which is part of the organization’s Veterans Health Awareness program — first began when Joyce Grabowski, a full-time Havasu resident, turned to the organization seeking volunteer opportunities, she said.