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    Written by: Journal staff

    State Sen. Greg Ball, R-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 in need.

    “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 the Rev. 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, Ball mobilized his Faith Based Advisory Council and Veterans Advisory Councils to host a clothing drive for Hudson Valley veterans in need of warm clothes this winter.

    The Mahopac VFW Post 5491 Ladies Auxiliary recently delivered large bags of shirts, socks, underwear, sweaters, pajamas and more to the veterans at Castle Point VA Hospital.

    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,” Ball said in a prepared statement.

    “No New Yorker, especially a veteran, should go without warm clothing this winter,” he said. (ARTICLE)