Palm Coast - Transitioning out of a life of service and sacrifice can bring new challenges to veterans' day-to-day lives. With thousands of former and retired military living in Palm Coast, the City is offering a brand new arts program this spring that has therapeutic benefits.

The program is called Crafts for Veterans. Like the namesake, the therapeutic arts and crafts kits range in categories including leatherwork, woodwork, models, painting, needlecrafts, poster art, scrapbooks, jewelry and many more.

The kits are free and supplied through an organization called Help Heal Veterans. First established in 1971, the group has provided the free kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans for generations and also active duty military 

Classes are free and are held on Wednesdays starting Jan. 2 through May 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Palm Coast Community Center. Those who participate must present a veteran ID card.It's free, but please register online at

www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. You can also connect with Palm Coast Parks & Recreation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palmcoastrec.

You can find more information about the Help Heal Veterans organization at www.healvets.org.

For more information, call Parks & Rec at 386-986-2323.