SOMERS, N.Y. -- Sen. Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) is hosting a special clothing drive in Somers for local veterans.
Ball, chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, recently announced that veterans at both the Montrose and Castle Point Hudson Valley VA Hospitals are in need of shirts, diabetic socks, underwear, warm coats, gloves and hats for the winter. Ball is mobilizing the Faith Based Advisory Council and Veterans Advisory Councils to host the clothing drive for Hudson Valley veterans that are in need of warm clothes this winter.
“It is sad to think, but many of our local Hudson Valley veterans are in need of warm clothing for the winter months ahead. I am proud to work with my Faith Based and Veterans Advisory Council to organize a total of six drop off locations where residents can drop off much needed clothing,” said Ball in a release. “Our veterans have given so much for us, and it breaks my heart to think that some of these heroes lack basic necessities. As a community, we have a duty to ensure they are provided for. No New Yorker, especially a veteran, should go without warm clothing this winter.”
Ball has worked with both his Faith Based and Veterans Advisory Council to set up a clothing drive where residents can drop off much needed clothing for Hudson Valley veterans. Residents can drop off clothing during normal business hours at Ball’s District Office at 1441 Route 22, Suite 205 in Brewster.
“During this Season of Giving we are mindful that there are many, many people who lack the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and clothing. In 2012, our Veteran's Hospitals served more than 240,000 Veterans who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless- 21 percent more than the year before,” said Father Thomas Lutz, Chairman of the Faith Based Advisory Council, in the release. “Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of Veteran's Affairs for the New York State Senate, has called on his Faith Based Advisory and Veteran's Advisory Councils to sponsor a Winter Clothing Drive for Veteran's. All collected winter clothing will be donated to the Veteran Administration Outreach to Hudson Valley Veteran's who are in need of warm clothing for the winter months. You can help by donating New T-Shirts, Diabetic socks; underwear; warm winter jackets, sweaters, gloves and hats.”
For more information, residents are asked to contact Ball’s Office at: (845) 279-3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five other drop off locations have also been designated:
- VA Carmel Outpatient Clinic: 1875 Route 6 Providence Bank, 2nd Floor Carmel, NY 10512
- Kennedy Catholic High School: 54 Route 138 Somers, NY 10589
- Our Lady of Lourdes High School (Box in front of Chapel): 131 Boardman Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
- VA Hudson Valley Healthcare Castle Point Clothing Room: 41 Castle Point Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
- St. Augustine Church: 55 Main Street Highland, NY 12528