Clothing Drive Our Lady of Lourdes

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 12/16/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, traveled to Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie to pick up clothing that was collected for a veterans winter clothing drive. The winter clothing will be delivered to Hudson Valley veterans that are in need of warm clothing.

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 Lourdes principal, Father John Lagiovane.

Veterans at both the Montrose and Castle Point Hudson Valley VA Hospitals are in need of t-shirts, diabetic socks, underwear, warm coats, gloves and hats for the winter. To meet the challenge, Senator Ball mobilized his Faith Based Advisory Council and Veterans Advisory Councils to host an immediate clothing drive for Hudson Valley veterans that are in need of warm clothes this winter.

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. Senator Greg Ball continued the clothing drive and will now deliver clothing to the veterans at Montrose 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. This clothing will go a long way to ensure that our local veterans are well dressed this winter,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is sad to think, but many of our local Hudson Valley veterans are in need of warm clothing for the winter months ahead. 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.”

“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 Senator Greg Ball’s Faith Based Advisory Council. “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.”

“It is getting very cold and some of these veterans are in dire need of warm clothing,” said Eugene Parrotta, Chairman of Senator Greg Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council. “We appreciate Senator Ball and his team for everything they do for our veterans. Using the Senator’s large 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 Senator Greg Ball’s District Office during normal business hours at 1441 Route 22, Suite 205 in Brewster, NY 10509. For more information contact Senator Greg Ball’s Office at: (845) 279-3773 or

For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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