John Carlson, Manager of Business Development, introduced the employees of BRT to the Non Profit, Homeless Veteran’s Initiative Program (Homeless VIP) as a result of a close friendship with Veteran, Chris Manus, who founded Homeless VIP.  John has a true passion to give back to his community and working with Chris to help our Indianapolis Veterans was a natural fit.

john-c-chairJohn, volunteering as Vice President of Homeless VIP, has led the charge to start a collection at BRT to gather much needed items such as coats, blankets, boots and food for our honored and deserving Veterans in the Indianapolis area this Holiday Season.  John says, “It is a truly humbling experience to help those less fortunate in our local community, especially veterans who have fought for our freedom. As vice president of this Non Profit Organization, I want to do anything I can to help!”

All of us at BRT are excited to help John and Homeless VIP show our Veterans our appreciation and support!

BRT has a collection box set up in the kitchen for clothing donations and Homeless VIP will be volunteering our time at the annual Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) Thanksgiving dinner.  Homeless VIP, with BRT’s help and the help of other generous donors, hope to provide additional food items through donations that can be made via their website here.

We will be collecting the following items:

  • Long-Johns
  • Sock Caps
  • Gloves
  • Winter Coats
  • Winter Boats
  • Scarfs
  • Thick Socks
  • Blankets

Items needed for the Thanksgiving dinner include:  Rolls, Cranberry sauce, Assorted desserts, Pie, Brownies, cookies, cake, etc.; Assorted soft drinks & tea; Cups, Napkins, Plastic ware .

BRT sees this initiative as a wonderful opportunity as an organization to help John with this effort that will have an immediate and meaningful impact on our local Veterans.

Please share with your friends, family and peers in the Indianapolis area to help us collect the above mentioned items.  Or, you may contact Homeless VIP directly via email at: [email protected] or their Facebook Page here if you’d like to donate directly or start your own collection drive.

If you live outside of the Indianapolis area, we encourage you to reach out to your local VOA or similar Non Profit Organization in your area this season.