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Local nonprofit expands services to help small businesses during pandemic

Brian Callahan, of Tyngsboro, and his “Delta Dog” Maggie

CHELMSFORD – Operation Delta Dog has been helping disabled New England veterans since 2013 — now, the organization is lending a hand to struggling small businesses, as well, through its new initiative: Operation Delta D.O.G. (Doing Others Good).

For every $50 raised through the Operation Delta D.O.G. link, $25 will be used to purchase a gift card to a local restaurant, shop, or other business. The cards will then be donated to one of Operation Delta Dog’s participant veterans.

“Operation Delta Dog has always believed that we are as strong as our community around us. As we watched our local stores and restaurants close due to the Covid-19 crisis we wanted to find a way to help,” says Charlotte Troddyn, acting executive director. “We know that the veterans we serve are also in need of help and want to support their community businesses. We are proud of how this initiative allows us to help both!”

The initiative has already made a difference for local veteran Bob H., who received a gift card to Laney and Lu Café in Exeter, NH.

“My wife and I were so pleased to receive the gift card to one of our favorite places,” says Bob, who received his service dog, Jagger, through the Operation Delta Dog training program. “When I use it, I’m going to keep in mind all the veterans who served with me, before me, and after me. They all deserve our support.”

In addition to Laney and Lu Café, the Operation Delta D.O.G. initiative has also supported Andiamo Restaurant in Chelmsford, The Tuckaway Tavern in Raymond, NH, Market Basket, and others.

Each business is chosen by the recipient veteran.

Operation Delta Dog, based in Chelmsford,  is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rescue shelter dogs and train them to work as service dogs for New England veterans who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and related conditions.

The dogs get the homes they need, and the veterans get the help they deserve.

To make donations to the Operation Delta D.O.G. initiative, please follow this link:

To learn more about Operation Delta Dog, please visit our website at