Posted by: Bob Dumas
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.– Hudson Valley veterans will be a little warmer this winter thanks to a clothing drive conducted by Poughkeepsie’s Our Lady of Lourdes High School in coordination with state Sen. Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson).
Ball travelled to Our Lady of Lourdes High School last week to pick up clothing that was collected during the drive. Lourdes collected t-shirts, diabetic socks, underwear, warm coats, gloves and hats for residents at the Montrose Hudson Valley VA Hospital.
“Our Lady of Lourdes High School participated in the clothing drive for our veterans because we are committed to providing whatever we can to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. God Bless our Vets,” said Father John Lagiovane, Lourdes principal.
Veterans at both the Montrose and Castle Point Hudson Valley VA hospitals are in need of clothes for the winter. To help out, Ball mobilized his Faith-Based Advisory Council and Veterans Advisory Councils to host clothing drives throughout the Hudson Valley.
Last weekend, the Mahopac VFW Post 5491 Ladies Auxiliary delivered large bags of shirts, socks, underwear, sweaters, pajamas and more to the veterans at Castle Point VA Hospital.
“I would like to thank everyone that has been involved in this clothing drive, including Father John Lagiovane, all the students at Our Lady of Lourdes and especially Chase Williams, who spearheaded the drive at Lourdes High School,” Ball said. “This clothing will go a long way to ensure that our local veterans are well dressed 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,” the senator added. “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.”
Father Thomas Lutz, chairman of Ball’s Faith-Based Advisory Council, said there are many vets who lack the basic necessities of life such as 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,” he said.
“It is getting very cold and some of these veterans are in dire need of warm clothing,” added Eugene Parrotta, chairman Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council. “Using the senator’s network, we should be able to collect a large amount of clothing for our veterans this winter.”
Residents that would like to drop off clothing can visit Ball’s district office during normal business hours at 1441 Route 22, Suite 205 in Brewster. For more information, contact Ball’s office at: 845-279-3773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (ARTICLE)