Addabbo launches Valentine’s for Veterans drive to collect donations for St. Albans Veteran Center

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. is opening his offices as drop-off locations for the St. Mary Gate of Heaven’s Valentines for Veterans drive. 

“This Valentine’s Day spread the love to our local veterans and consider donating to the St. Albans Veteran Center,” said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our freedoms and way of life, so I am proud to be part of this great event. I want to thank St. Mary Gate of Heaven for organizing this drive and remembering our veterans.” 

Addabbo’s new district office, located at 84-16 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, and his Middle Village office at 66-85 73rd Pl., will act as drop-off spots to collect body wash, deodorant, tissues, shampoo, hand lotion, combs and hairbrushes, decks of cards, pens, writing paper, tube socks, and T-shirts (XL size only) for the drive. Addabbo is also accepting Valentine’s Day cards, which he will hand-deliver to the veterans. 

The church is NOT collecting dental care products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, lap blankets, razor blades, powders, wipes or bars of soap. 

Cash donations will also be accepted. If you wish to donate by check, please make the check out to “Dept. of Veterans Affairs.”

All donations will be delivered to the veterans at the St. Albans Veterans Center in southeast Queens. 

For those who wish to bring donations directly to St. Mary Gate of Heaven, donations can be dropped off by Sunday, Feb. 12, in the church basement, located at 103-12 101st Ave. in Ozone Park, between 9 a.m. and noon. Alternatively, you can drop them off at the Rectory on Monday, Feb. 13.