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Acts of Kindness
Queens assemblyman hosts 11th annual ‘Valentines for Veterans’ drive
BY ANGÉLICA ACEVEDO
For the 11th year in a row, Assemblyman
Mike Miller hosted “Valentines for
Veterans” drive for St. Alban’s Veterans’
Home on Th ursday, Feb. 6.
Miller presented the donations to veterans
with the help of local organizations
Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol,
Vietnam Veterans of America Queens
Chapter 32, and Rotary Club of South
Queens. Donations usually include travel
size toiletries and new clothing items.
Miller, who represents parts of
Ridgewood, Glendale, Woodhaven and
Richmond Hill, said this is one of his
favorite events “because it brings the community
together to say ‘thank you.’”
“Our veterans have given us our freedom
and have secured our way of life,”
Miller said. “Th ey have sacrifi ced their
time with their families, have been abroad
on tours during the holidays and served
thousands of miles away from our country.
Th ey defended us from our enemies
and kept us out of harm’s way abroad and
on our soil.”
Th is year, they received donations from
numerous organizations and individuals,
including Blessed Mother of Sodality of
St. Mary Gate of Heaven, Cooks Arts and
Craft s Shoppe, Glendale American Legion
Post 104, Ozone Park Block Association,
Greater Ridgewood Youth Council and
St. Mary Gate of Heaven Crochet Society,
In celebration of Valentines Day, some
schools around the area not only donated
items, but also had their students write
cards for the veterans. Th e schools who
participated are Divine Mercy Academy,
St. Th omas the Apostle Academy, St. Mary
Gate of Heaven School, P.S. 66, P.S. 254,
P.S. 68, P.S. 239, P.S. 97, P.S. 60 and I.S. 77.
Photos by Dean Moses
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