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We are excited to announce a new partnership with Challenge America, a non-profit dedicated to connecting service members, veterans and their families to resources that build community and give purpose to their lives no matter where they live. Similar to Tandy, Challenge America integrates community building into every aspect of their programs and services. 

With  Challenge America’s  CAVARTS initiative, we share a common purpose, to  enable members of our communities to  connect, to  support one another,  to learn and to thrive through the arts.  CAVARTS is a hub for Veterans, from all backgrounds  that share a common interest in the arts, where they can connect with one another, participate in virtual art classes, get advice and support.  In partnering with Challenge America, Tandy will be CAVARTS exclusive leathercraft partner and will host monthly virtual classes on CAVARTS.  Tandy stores will also be available to host in-person classes and provide leatherworking support and advice to members of the CAVARTS community.  

Leatherwork can be therapeutic. It can provide a mental outlet and give people purpose, especially those struggling with PSTD and other mental health challenges that are prevalent among service members and veterans.  With this partnership, Tandy will take meaningful action to positively impact the lives of service members and veterans.

We’re excited to expand the charitable efforts of the Leather Together Foundation with this partnership and take meaningful action. Challenge America ultimately believes that community, not charity is the answer.  It’s about working together to ensure that veterans, service members and their families have access to the community support and integrated services they need to live the lives they earned and deserve.  We wholeheartedly agree and set a similar mission for the Foundation to pair charitable giving with meaningful action to positively impact the communities we serve.

Buy a Kit and Help Support CAVARTS On November 12th & 13th 5% of each kit sold will be donated to the Challenge America Veteran Arts Community! CAVARTS is a safe and supportive community where Veterans can leverage their creativity and the power of the arts to regain a sense of purpose and belonging in their lives.

USA Flag Craftaid® If you’re looking for a faster, easier way to transfer tooling patterns onto leather, reusable Craftaid® templates are just what you need! With raised designs, they can be pressed into dampened leather to create a clean imprint. Plus, each includes a helpful photocarve diagram illustrating ways to achieve beautiful results! Check out our USA Flag Craftaid® Class Supplies collection to recreate the look shown in the image. This US Flag Craftaid was created exclusively for Veteran’s Day by Store Manager Scott Curtis.

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