2007-01-26 / Community

Send A Veteran A Valentine's Gift

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, along with HealthPlus, is once again seeking to make Valentine's Day a little brighter for hospitalized veterans at the New York State Veterans Nursing Home.

The Queens lawmaker is sponsoring his seventh annual "Send a Vet a Valentine" gift distribution program to collect donations that will be provided to the veterans.

"Our nation's men and women in uniform have made sacrifices for all of us, giving their time and sometimes their very lives in preserving the liberties that we all take for granted," said Senator Smith. "Even as we speak, members of our armed forces are engaged in dangerous missions in Iraq and elsewhere. My sponsorship of this program is a small way to express our gratitude and stand in solidarity with members of our armed forces. Our country's servicemen and servicewomen need to know how much their contributions and sacrifices are appreciated."

Senator Smith noted that he has been provided with a list of items that veterans would like to receive, which includes:

+ Large and extra large sweatpants and shirts, gloves, hats, socks, slippers.

+ Pre-paid calling cards.

+ Assorted toiletries, combs and brushes.

Donated items should be new. Please refrain from donating alcohol-based gifts.

"One of the best things about my district is the kindheartedness and the generosity of my constituents. I hope they will once again join with me in this effort to demonstrate to veterans that they are in our hearts and thoughts both on Valentine's Day and throughout the year," Senator Smith said.

Community residents interested in participating in the program may drop off donations through February 14, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Senator Smith's District Office, 205-19 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans.

For more information, call Senator Smith's office at (718) 528-4290.

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