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Gift Cards Needed for Gift-a-Vet Program

You can help to make the holiday season bright for Veterans at the NECHV by donating gift cards through our Gift-a-Vet program! The annual holiday program matches Veterans’ wish lists with generous donors who purchase and wrap some or all of the requested items and deliver them to the Center. Since its beginning, the program has grown in popularity and this year’s wish lists are currently all sponsored by generous community supporters. However, there is still a need for gift cards to help support Veterans over the holidays and beyond.

Gift cards help the NECHV to ensure that no Veteran at the Center misses out on taking part in Gift-a-Vet, even if they did not submit a wish list, which might happen if a Veteran arrived at the Center after the deadline to submit wish lists has passed. Additionally, gift cards can help Veterans purchase items they need throughout the year, such as essentials for a new home or necessities like toiletries and groceries.

The most popular gift cards are those from major clothing retailers, like TJX (TJX gift cards can be used at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or HomeGoods), Target, or Macy’s; pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens; supermarkets like Roche Bros., Stop and Shop, and Star Market; and set-value amount MBTA tickets (no day, week, or monthly passes, please). Other requested cards are Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Burger King, Five Guys, and AMC movie theater gift cards. Please exclude any gift cards to stores or activities that sell alcohol.

To donate gift cards, please email CJ Beck, Philanthropic Officer, Community Engagement. In your email, please be sure to tell us your full name, email, organization (if applicable), and mailing address. Please also include the number of gift cards you would like to donate, and the types of cards you are interested in donating (major pharmacies, supermarkets, retailers, or T-passes). Thank you for spreading holiday cheer at the NECHV!

Advancement Team


New England Center and Home for Veterans
Advancement Department
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108

617-371-1777 (tel)
617-371-1840 (fax)


Charlene F. Pontbriand
Senior Vice President, Advancement

Mark O. Gough
Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations

Nicole Hand
Director of Sponsorships and Events

Adrienne Kaplowitz
Philanthropic Officer, Community Engagement

Nick Feeko 
Communications Associate

Duyen Hua
Lead Development Associate

Maggie Retton
Development Associate


Lindsay Davis-Braun
Development Systems Manager




The New England Center and Home for Veterans is pleased to announce that the annual Greater Boston Stand Down will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Boston City Hall Plaza. This yearly event brings together community providers and Veterans in one place to provide Veterans easy access to services and employment opportunities.

As in past years, over 100 service providers, employers, and community organizations are expected to turn out and provide essential supportive services, including housing assistance, medical care and wellness programs, legal support and employment assistance. Veterans will also be able to enjoy a free lunch and live entertainment.

For more information about the event, or to apply as a service provider, please contact Download and print the event flyer here.

Important information for Veterans planning to attend:
Veteran service hours are from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. You must bring proof of service. DD214 is acceptable.

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