Valentines For Vets


This February, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D—NY), will once again hold her annual Valentines for Vets Program. This is a district-wide effort to show the veterans that they are appreciated and have not been forgotten.

For the past eight years public and parochial schools, as well as businesses, libraries, and private citizens in the community, have donated personal care items, outerwear and electronics for the Valentines for Vets Program. Each year, Schimel delivers the handmade valentines and donated items to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook and the Northport VA Medical Center.

Drop off items by Monday, Feb. 1, at Schimel’s district office, at 45 North Station Plaza, Suite 203 in Great Neck. If you have a question, call 516-482-6966.

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, 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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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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