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Harrisburg’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 523 will distribute gift bags to veterans residing in local assisted living centers, rehab centers, nursing homes and other veterans care facilities.

HARRISBURG — Preparations have already begun to bring Christmas to about 150 hospitalized veterans and active military. Harrisburg’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 523 will distribute gift bags to veterans residing in local assisted living centers, rehab centers, nursing homes and other veterans care facilities.

With this year’s distribution scheduled for mid-December, students at Hickory Ridge Elementary School are already at work decorating gift bags and preparing personalized Christmas cards.

Auxiliary members are again seeking the community’s support of this program, and donation boxes have been placed in the following locations: Pub 49, Harrisburg Hometown Pharmacy, Lowe’s Foods, Pinnacle Bank, 5/3 Bank, Truliant Federal Credit Union, and the lobby area at Harrisburg Town Hall & YMCA of Harrisburg.

Items requested for this program:

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Shampoo and deodorant

Body lotion and body wash

Socks

Sugar-free chewing gum or candies

Lap blankets

Chapstick

Crossword puzzle books

Pens and pencils

Last pickup of donated items will be around Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Monetary donations for this project will also be welcomed. Make checks payable to American Legion Auxiliary No. 523 and mail them to 8268 Ferrell Place, Harrisburg, N.C. 28075. Donations are tax deductible. For further information, contact Janice MacLeod at 980-253-0656 or jhm1018@aol.com.

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