Catholic Daughter’s food drive

CANAJOHARIE — The Court Catherine Esther 1264, the local Catholic Daughters Court in Canajoharie, is conducting a drive to collect needed items for the wounded military and veterans. This collection will be sent to the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Albany and be distributed to area wounded warriors and veterans, according to a news release.

The collection boxes have been placed in the following: In the lobby of the NBT bank and in Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Reid St., both in Fort Plain; and in the lobby of Lee’s Shops at Wagner Square, Canajoharie. The deadline for this endeavor is Dec. 15, so that the collection can be packed and sent to the Albany VA facility and care packages sent in time for Christmas.

This year the voluntary services chief at the VA facility has issued an updated list of veterans’ needs and they include the following: Toiletries — large bottles of body wash, full size toothpaste, single toothbrushes, shaving gel (not cream) disposable razors (at least two blades), small packages of Q-tips, and stick deodorant; clothing items include heavy wool socks, winter gloves,

The new items include knit hats, winter coats in large, extra large and size two extra large, undershirts, briefs and boxers (sizes medium and large), sweatshirts and sweatpants (size medium and large; and thermal underwear (tops and bottoms in all sizes). All clothing must be brand new, no used items will be accepted.

Also needed are snack items such as popcorn, nuts, hard candy and gum. Gift cards from Walmart, Target, Price Chopper, Hannaford, Shop-Rite, etc. will also be accepted to be used for emergency purchases of clothing and toiletries.

Care packages for the deployed soldiers will be purchased with any monetary donations received. If anyone wants to make a monetary donation, send a check made out to CDA Court 1264 to Susan Everett, treasurer, 39 Walnut St., Canajoharie, N.Y. 13317. For more information, call Marlene Nalli at (518) 993-2837 or Kathy Walsh at (518) 673-5568.