Only one week remains for those wanting to help the St. James Chamber of Commerce provide gifts to veterans living in the Missouri Veterans Home St. James. The annual Helping our Heroes collection drive will end on Friday, November 8.
Local businesses have put out boxes for items to be donated this year including Country Bob’s, Country Mart, Hutcheson Ford, the Lucy Wortham James Elementary School, the St. James Middle School, Meramec Vineyards Winery, Phelps County Bank, Sonic, the James Memorial Public Library, the St. James Police Department, the Tourist Information Center, Town & Country Bank, and Walmart in Rolla. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day and the Chamber hopes to honor local veterans living in the home by delivering Christmas gifts to them of things not provided by the home and that they would otherwise have to purchase themselves. Delivery will be held on Veterans Day, November 11.
The MVH is funded enough for residents’ basic needs, but each year there are other goods that would go a long way towards improving the life of those in the facility. Items on the veterans’ wish list this year include electric shavers and trimmers, postage stamps, suspenders, magazine subscriptions to the library, toiletries, body wash, aftershave, Velcro wallets, coin pouches, hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, cooking supplies, spices, baking mixes, nuts for baking, cake decorating supplies, cutting mats, liquor, beer, and wine for happy hour, craft supplies, paints, markers, craft projects, colored paper, and gift cards. Veterans are also asking for a 32-inch television, which can be donated or could be purchased through monetary donations raised through this drive. Any monetary donations will also be accepted and will be used for things such as transportation, specialty equipment, and for activities.
The Chamber has seen great success during its past donation drives, delivering boxes of donations to veterans living in the facility in time for Christmas. The Chamber hopes to show these local veterans the support of the community and will hold a ceremony to honor these veterans with the items raised through this drive.
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