Monroe County officials are setting up a “Gift for Vets” Christmas donation to help local veterans.

According to Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram, the idea came from the desire to help provide Christmas gifts and necessities to veterans.

“There are a lot of very good causes around the community but I feel sometimes the group of veterans that are in our assisted living care facilities or that are homebound are the ones that we wanted to focus on this year,” Ingram said. “My team and I came together this year and thought this would be a very noble cause and certainly our Veterans Service Office and the Blue Star Mothers were very instrumental in assisting us with this.”

He stated the veterans were a group that they wanted to show their support and appreciation towards.

“There are different locations around the county that people can use to make donations,” he noted. “There will be drop off boxes at the traditional courthouse, the Veteran Service Center and the new justice center. We will take other donations as well, such as monetary or anything an individual would like to do.”

Ingram noted the nursing home facilities gave a list of recommended items to be donated consisting of hygiene products, lotions, deodorants, cologne, lap blankets, socks (non-slip and diabetic) and simple things like crossword puzzles or other items to help pass the time.

“We will evaluate all donations and we will certainly do our best to make sure that they are put to use somewhere,” Ingram stated. “We just want to share our appreciation for these veterans. They have served our country and we don’t want them to think they have been forgotten. We feel that this is an extremely important event and a cause for us to champion and get behind.”

He believes the citizens of the county will rise up to help meet the donation needs for the veterans.

“I feel that our citizens will do like they always do and step up to the plate to support this,” he expressed. “I encourage as many citizens that can to help. I know there are many causes like Toys for Tots and Shop with a Cop, but this is certainly a niche area that I think we can get a great amount of support from our wonderful Monroe County Strong community and we look forward to getting those donations.”

Donations started to be accepting on Monday and will continue to be collected until Dec. 10.

“This has been a cause that has been on my heart for a while and certainly we are going to try to put it into fruition,” he said.

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