Laconia Harley-Davidson brightened the spirits of New Hampshire veterans by donating nearly $3,500 worth of medical-grade light boxes to the New Hampshire Veterans Home along with dozens of inspirational messages written on Harley-Davidson bandanas that were transformed into beautiful wall-hangings.
The funds and messages were collected throughout the month of November at the Laconia and White Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships and online at laconiaharley.com to commemorate Veterans Day and to support the state’s only veteran’s home located in Tilton.
Once the donations were collected, Laconia Harley-Davidson worked closely with the Veterans Home to identify items that would have an immediate and direct impact on residents’ quality of life. A need for medical-grade light boxes was identified for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter depression and sleep disorders, which are prevalent among residents. Laconia Harley tripled customer donations in order to meet that need.
“Winter months can affect the veteran’s health, mood and behavior because the quality and quantity of sunlight is lessened during this time period,” said Barry Conway, Commandant of the New Hampshire Veterans Home. “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), winter depression, or sleep disorders are a direct consequence of this. The light boxes will help us eliminate the effects of SAD by keeping our residents’ internal "circadian" clocks in sync, enabling them to stay alert and awake in the day, but ready to sleep at night.”
Conway continued, “With the winter season upon us, and a federal mandate requiring non-pharmacological interventions be tried first when treating the behavioral health needs of long-term care residents, this gift could not be more appropriate or timely.”
Prior to Laconia Harley’s donation, the New Hampshire Veterans Home had only one light box, limiting the therapeutic benefits to only a few residents. The additional thirteen devices will significantly increase both the availability of light therapy and quality of life throughout the entire facility. Wall-hangings filled with inspirational messages written on Harley-Davidson bandanas will also be featured throughout the home to help lift the spirits of the brave men and women living there.
“Veterans have gone to great lengths for our nation and the Laconia Harley-Davidson community is immensely proud and grateful for their service,” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “We are pleased to make this donation which will literally lift the spirits of those living in the Veterans Home.”
For more than a century, the New Hampshire Veterans Home has been a home and a health resource for Granite State armed forces veterans. Home to 195 men and women who fought in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars, the facility works hard at providing a unique environment for the elderly and disabled veterans who now seek professional long-term care services.
“We are extremely appreciative of the partnership between Laconia Harley and the New Hampshire Veterans Home,” said Conway. “Donations and gifts like these help us fulfill our mission to care for those who have served.”
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, New Hampshire is home to 121,711 veterans, 8,147 of which live in Belknap County, NH.