Helping veterans with hygiene kits

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Volunteers are invited to help assemble hygiene kits that will be distributed to area veterans. Courtesy of Pexels

GREENVILLE — Volunteers will gather to assemble hygiene kits for distribution to veterans on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at American Legion Post 291, 54 Maple Ave., Greenville.

Legions from around the county will participate, as well as students from Greenville Central Schools, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Everyone is eligible to participate and lend a hand.

There will be an assembly line to package roughly 300 kits. The kits will include soap, shave gel, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, wet wipes and a pack of socks.

The kits will be distributed to other Legion posts that may have members in need. With help from Greene County Veteran Resource Officer Michelle Black, there will be some kits available at the Greene County Veterans Resource Center. A large number of the kits will be donated to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and will be delivered Monday, April 18.

Volunteer William Von Atzingen wrote a grant through his personal life insurance policy from the Independent Order of Foresters to secure funding for the event.

“I try to organize a few community service events throughout the year and have always wanted to do something to give back to our veterans,” Von Atzingen said.

He said he worked with local resident Don Savino and the executive board at the American Legion to host the event at the Post.

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