On February 11, 2022, Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) delivered hundreds of items generously donated through his office’s “Valentines for Vets” gift drive to hospitalized and disabled veterans at the St. Albans VA Community Living Center and the New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Albans. The gifts included Valentine’s Day cards, new clothing, candy, playing cards, puzzles and activity books. Requested red T-shirts will be given to veterans who are attending a special Valentine's Day celebration.
“The ‘Valentines for Vets’ gift drive is an important tradition that gives the Northeast Queens community the opportunity to thank our local veterans for the sacrifices they made to defend our country,” said Assemblyman Braunstein. “I want to thank the Northeast Queens families, schools and organizations who donated clothing, candies, handmade cards and more to show their appreciation to our vets in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.”
The New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Albans provides residential, nursing and rehabilitative care to elderly and chronically ill veterans and eligible family members. The St. Albans VA Community Living Center offers a range of health, support and facility services for veterans in New York City.
A total of 18 local schools participated in this year’s gift drive.