Assemblyman D’Urso meets with chair of committee on veterans affairs

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From left, State Assemblyman Michael G. DenDekker and Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso.

State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso is also sponsoring his second annual “Valentines for Veterans” drive to collect items to support local veterans on Long Island.

“This is an annual district-wide effort to show our hospitalized veterans who have bravely served our country that they are appreciated and we have not forgotten them,” he said.

This drive has been a tradition in the 16th Assembly District for more than a decade. Public and parochial schools, businesses, libraries, and many community members have donated personal care items, outerwear and electronics for this program.

Each year two truckloads are delivered to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook and the Northport VA Medical Center. Many children, as well as some adults, make Valentine cards for the veterans.

To donate, drop off items by Wednesday, Jan. 31 to the District Office located at 45 North Station Plaza, Suite 203 in Great Neck.

Other drop off locations are the Great Neck Social Center located at 80 Grace Avenue, the Herricks Community Center located at 999 Herricks Road, and the Port Washington Community Chest located at 382 Main Street.

All items must be new. Suggested donations include handmade valentines, tooth brushes, tooth paste, denture adhesive, shampoo, deodorant, hair brushes, non-slip socks, winter hats, gloves, scarves, postage stamps, patriotic caps or t-shirts, compact discs, scratch-off lottery tickets, iTunes gift cards, wheel chair cup holders, note cards, phone cards, hand-held computer games, electric razors, clock radio/cassette players, walkmans, terry cloth robes, winter coats, universal remotes, DVDs, portable CD players, ear phones, electric toothbrushes, sweatpants, and sweatshirts.

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