Photo: Dawn McGowan / Contributed Photo
TORRINGTON — Dawn McGowan, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a sales associate at the New Hartford Home Depot, is always on the lookout for a way to help her comrades in arms, particularly those in need.
This week, McGowan organized a donation of 500 rolls of toilet paper from the store for Torrington American Legion Post 38, commanded by Bruce Falls, who served in the Vietnam War in the Second Battalion, 36th Howitzer Division.
“Whenever Home Depot has something to donate, they always tap me to help the veterans,” McGowan said. “It’s a nice place to work, and the company is always helping others. Anything to help the veterans.”
McGowan served in the Air Force from 1979 to 1984, retiring from service as a sergeant. “After I retired, I thought, I want to keep working,” she said. “I’m an appliance associate. I meet a lot of nice people.”
Falls picked up the boxes of toilet paper, and immediately brought 200 rolls to the Veterans Service Office at Fuessenich Park, where they can be distributed to veterans. The rest will be distributed by members of the post.
“It was nice of Home Depot to do that,” Falls said. “We appreciate it.”
Falls reminded veterans that the American Legion Post 38 is always looking for new members. Veterans can learn more about the American Legion at https://www.ctlegion.org/, or call the Veterans Service Office at 860-489-2531.