Weston boys collect business attire for veterans

Nicholas and Ethan Lange collected clothing for veterans at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport on behalf of the Weston Trojan Football fifth and eighth grade teams. —Vivian Simons photo

Brothers Nicholas Lange, eighth grade, and Ethan Lange fourth grade, at Ridgefield Academy wanted to do something for veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

They organized a service project and collected business attire and — the most requested item — coffee, for returning veterans at the Homes for the Brave facility in Bridgeport.

Nicholas and Ethan employed the help of their individual Weston Trojan Football teams (eighth grade and fifth grade).

“We wanted to do something to give back to our veterans who have given up so much for us and for our country,” said Nicholas. “We did some research and found Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.”

The idea was to collect mostly clothing the veterans could wear to job interviews.

“We were talking about the veterans at home and we were really worried about them finding jobs,” Ethan said.

“We then thought that as a group of men, our newly established town football teams may like to help us put this project into action,” Nicholas said. “Our coach, Fred Lawrence, and our team manager, Kay Spensor, were completely supportive. Coach Fred even got the men in his office to donate!”

“We have collected a huge amount of business suit, ties, shirts, belt and coats. Our veterans deserve to look their best,” Ethan said.

“We hope that when the veterans wear these business clothes they feel confident and get the job,” Nicholas added.

The boys are bringing the donations this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.

Anyone who would still like to contribute may drop appropriate clothing at the Lange’s house at 107 Goodhill Road.

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