Craft & Hobby Association Names Help Hospitalized Veterans' Chip Purkey Recipient of Special Recognition Award

Jan 05, 2016, 12:38 ET from Help Hospitalized Veterans

WINCHESTER, Calif., Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Help Hospitalized Veterans' Director of Production and Warehouse Management Chip Purkey has been named one of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Special Recognition Award recipients.

"I am so honored to be recognized by the Craft & Hobby Association," said Purkey. "I have been involved with crafts my whole life, and know the healing power of arts and crafts for our military and veteran patients. It's truly an honor to help these men and women."

Help Hospitalized Veterans is dedicated to providing therapeutic arts and crafts to military and veteran patients across the U.S. Purkey is responsible for selecting the crafts for patients, and also adapting crafts based on individual injuries and skills. In this year alone, Purkey has overseen the distribution of more than 140,000 craft kits to service members and veterans. At HHV, Purkey currently supervises a staff of 25, and manages the distribution of kits to approximately 16,000 individuals and 83 facilities across the country each month. He has served as the Director of Production and Warehouse Management for 16 years.

"Chip personally designs most of HHV's leather and wood crafts, and he carefully selects activities that will best benefit veterans and military personnel in their recovery," said Joseph McClain, CEO of Help Hospitalized Veterans.  "Chip has truly redefined the words 'craft kit,' and his unwavering commitment to helping people heal has affected thousands of lives."

CHA awards recognize exceptional contributions to the craft industry, as well as philanthropy efforts. The awards will be presented during the CHA Foundation Gala Celebration on January 10, 2016, during the CHA Mega Conference & Trade Show in Anaheim, California.

For more than 40 years, HHV, a nonprofit organization founded during the Vietnam War, has supplied therapeutic arts-and-crafts kits free of charge to veterans, military personnel and their families. The kits often become a part of the patient's treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. The kits improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory improvement, anger issues and dexterity. 

Since 1971, Help Hospitalized Veterans has distributed more than 29 million woodworking, leather, models, needlecraft and other kits.

For more on Help Hospitalized Veterans visit or call 888-567-VETS (8387).

Contact: Frank Cimorelli
(928) 848-7803

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