Atlanta Jewish Academy seventh-grader Jemima Schoen led classmates and friends in filling 50 bags with toiletries and other items military veterans could use, turning her appreciation for veterans into her bat mitzvah project. But, as CBS 46 highlighted Thursday, Nov. 9, the 12-year-old ran into unexpected trouble when she tried to deliver the hero packs to the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
No one from the VA would accept the packages when Jemima went to the hospital in August. But CBS 46’s “Better Call Harry” segment made contact with hospital officials, and Jemima was able to deliver the bags to retired veterans living at the hospital in time for Veterans Day.
Jemima, who has a great-uncle who is a decorated 37-year Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, and fellow AJA students prepared more of the hero bags Nov. 9. They included personalized notes from the students.