All Sections

Home | Veterans

Salem woman plans yard sale so she can give back to vets

September 05. 2018 11:34PM

A yard sale Saturday will help a Salem resident fill backpacks with items for homeless veterans. (Denise Robbins)

SALEM — For the past two years, Salem resident Denise Robbins has put away her dollars and change to collect backpacks and stuff them with needed supplies for local at-risk and homeless veterans.

It’s her way of saying thank you to our veterans for their service and sacrifice as she hopes to bring awareness to their plight.

Robbins’ goal last year was 96 backpacks. With her own money and a few donations from friends and family, she exceeded her goal and delivered 101 backpacks for Christmas.

This year, her goal is a minimum of 125 backpacks, and to get more people involved.

She is hosting a yard sale this weekend and every dollar earned will go to Operation Stuffit, increasing the number of backpacks and their contents.

The yard sale will take place at 9 W. Duston Road, Salem, on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors to the sale are welcome to drop off brand-new, 17-inch backpacks, and Robbins will be happy to stuff them.

All the backpacks and supplies are new. The backpacks are 17 inches, containing high-protein food items, full-sized toiletry items, a fleece jacket, three pair of socks, and a hat handmade by her 93-year-old grandmother or by volunteers at Warmth for Warriors (

Robbins will drop off the backpacks at Liberty House in Manchester before the holidays.


More Headlines

WW II era aircraft on display in Laconia