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A local elected official is hoping to show love to the men and women who served in the armed forces by holding a “Valentines for Veterans” drive for a home in St. Albans for the ninth year in a row.

Assemblyman Mike Miller sponsors the drive, which will have four donation drop-off locations in Woodhaven, Glendale and Richmond Hill. Miller has been sponsoring the drive since he first took office in 2009 when he learned about the Veterans’ Home at St. Albans and immediately noticed an area of need that he could always support.

“We just wanted to thank them for their service and bring them some of these little things that they might have a hard time getting,” Miller said. “Some people have nobody, so it’s just a nice way of helping.”

Items that are being collected include travel-size toiletries and new clothing items, especially socks. In the past, Miller said, local schools have even donated Valentine’s Day cards from the children.

Donations can be dropped off at the following four locations:

  • Assemblyman Mike Miller’s District Office: 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd., Woodhaven, NY 11421, Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Neir’s Tavern & Grill: 87-48 78th St., Woodhaven, NY 11421, between 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.
  • H&M General Insurance Brokerage: 75-17 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, NY 11385, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center: 110-08 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11418, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Veterans’ Home at St. Albans is a 250-bed facility that provides short- and long-term medical care to veterans as well as financial services, recreation and entertainment for residents.

The “Valentines for Veterans” drive will accept donations through Feb. 2, but Miller said that his office will probably continue accepting donations up until the day the items are delivered to the veterans’ home. Miller added that community support for the drive has always been tremendous, especially from the Vietnam Veterans’ Association Chapter 32 who help deliver the donations to the home every year, and he expects the drive to keep getting bigger.

“It will be much bigger than last year,” Miller said. “And if everyone gets involved, it’s enough stuff to last the whole year.” 

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