Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel invites the 16th Assembly District to open their hearts to Long Island’s veterans by participating in her annual Valentines for Vets Program, a districtwide effort to show the veterans who have served our country that they are appreciated and have not been forgotten.
“As a member of the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I look forward to your participation in continuing to make this program an overwhelming success,” said Schimel.
For the past eight years, schools, businesses, libraries and community members have donated personal care items, outerwear and electronics for the Valentines for Vets program. Each year, Schimel personally delivers the handmade valentines and donated items to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook and the Northport VA Medical Center. Last year, the Assemblywoman and her staff delivered two truckloads of donations.
Suggested donations, which must be new, include handmade valentines, toothbrushes, toothpaste, denture adhesive, shampoo, deodorant, hair brushes, non-slip socks, winter hats, gloves, scarves, stamps, patriotic caps or T-shirts, compact discs, scratch-off lottery tickets, iTunes gift cards, wheelchair cup holders, note cards, phone cards, hand-held computer games, electric razors, clock radio/cassette players, terrycloth robes, winter coats, universal remotes, DVDs, portable CD players, earphones, electric toothbrushes, sweatpants and sweatshirts.
Drop off items by Monday, Feb. 1, to Schimel’s District Office at 45 North Station Plaza, Suite 203 in Great Neck. For questions, call 516-482-6966.
—Submitted by the 16th Assembly District Office