County clerk sells birdhouses to help Kentucky veterans

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By Meaghan Downs

Buy a license plate birdhouse, help a veteran.
Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny is asking Anderson County residents to help reach a $5,000 goal for next year by purchasing a birdhouse to assist veterans.
The Kentucky County Clerks Association, working with the Hope for Veterans foundation, donates all the proceeds of handmade license plate birdhouses to support three state veterans’ homes, Denny said.
The Fletcher County clerk’s father-in-law constructs the birdhouses free of charge in his woodshop every day, Denny said.  
“All we do is supply the used license plates,” he said, adding he purchases the birdhouses out of his pocket, not with taxpayer money, and is reimbursed after each one is sold.
Fitted with a license plate roof, the birdhouses can feature license plates of a buyer’s choice or organization, he said, including plates that support coal miners, cancer awareness, sportsmen groups, farm tags and all venues of the military.
From July to November 2012, the County Clerks Association has raised more than $47,000 for veterans, the majority of which came from the birdhouse sales, Denny said.
Denny, who said he began selling the birdhouses for the first time this year, has raised about $1,000 in the last two months, he said.
Money raised by the County Clerks Association over the years has purchased personal items for veterans such as suspenders, wallets and even a wheelchair accessible van.
This year for example, Denny said, he will be attending a Christmas dinner for veterans, funded by money-raising efforts of the Clerks Association, on Dec. 18 in eastern Kentucky.
“We help to try to do those things for the veterans,” he said. “They give to us, so we try to give to them.”

Birdhouses for sale
at clerk’s office
Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny is currently selling license plate birdhouses as part of a fundraiser for veterans through the Hope for Veterans foundation and the Kentucky County Clerks Association.
Each birdhouse is $20.  A choice of license plates is supplied at the clerk’s office, but buyers can also bring in their own plates for a custom order.
Denny said he has about 30 birdhouses currently in stock, but can receive a new shipment of houses within the week if the need arises.
Birdhouses are only available at the county clerk’s office, located in the Anderson County courthouse at 151 South Main.
To purchase one, visit the courthouse during business hours, Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the clerk’s office at 839-3041.