Local veteran donates 56 cases of water to state event

For Al “Chops” Cianchetti, doing various projects to benefit his city and the military is only about serving his country, and nothing else.
He just completed his 18th project where he collected 56 cases of water to donate to the annual Stand Down event, a day devoted to giving homeless or low-income veterans the opportunity to receive needed assistance.
Every year the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs holds this event, and provides veterans with medical screenings, benefit information, employment assistance, and more. Cianchetti found out the event was in need of bottles of water for the veterans, about 1,200 he said. So, he went to the local stores to seek donations.
“I went to Aldi’s, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, the two Stop and Shops, and the two Wal-Mart’s,” and was able to collect 56 cases of water, which were all donated. The total number of bottles came to 1,464, which Cianchetti said he was proud of.
The annual Stand Down will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, 287 West St., Rocky Hill.
For more information, or to pre-register or get information on transportation, call (860)616-3802 or 3803. Also, visit www.ct.gov/ctva and click on Stand Down for pre-registration forms and information.