A Queens state Senator is encouraging the public to drop off Valentine’s Day cards and donations to his district offices that will be delivered to senior and disabled veterans at the New York State Veterans Home in St. Albans.
State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. is partnering with community organizations and other elected officials to collect the gifts and deliver them personally to veterans. The items can be dropped off at either one of his two offices, located at 84-16 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven and 66-85 73rd Pl. in Middle Village.
Suggested donations include toiletries, sugar-free candy, new underwear, t-shirts, socks, and sweats.
“As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let us remember our elderly and disabled veterans who have selflessly served our nation. On Valentine’s Day, let’s honor their sacrifice and show our appreciation by supporting initiatives that aid and care for these heroes. Let’s spread love and kindness to those who have given so much for our country,” Addabbo said.
Addabbo is partnering with Ridgewood Kiwanis 3-2-1 Club, Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar, Council Members Joann Ariola and Robert Holden, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 and other local organizations on this initiative.
“Our veterans have put their lives on the line for our freedoms, and this is just one little way of saying thank you and showing some appreciation. Many veterans, sadly, spend their Valentine’s Days alone, but through this initiative we can remind them that we all care about them, and that we are truly grateful for all that they were willing to risk for each and every one of us,” said Ariola.
Donations can also be dropped off at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council office at 59-03 Summerfield St., Holden’s office at 58-38 69th St. in Maspeth, Ariola’s office at 93-06 101st Ave. in Ozone Park, and Cook’s Crafts at 82-09 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood.
Donations are being accepted up until Feb. 12.