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Groups gather gift donations for veterans

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Richard I. Bong Book Club, Richard I. Bong American Legion Auxiliary, the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, and volunteers at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center are working together to collect gift donations for the Silver Bay Veterans Home in northern Minnesota.

The community may bring gift donations to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway, now through Dec. 21. There box for the gifts is located in the lobby of the center. The gift donations should be unwrapped and you may include your name on the gift or donate anonymously.

Suggested gift items include shaving and other personal care supplies, blankets, socks, t-shirts, sweatpants, Vikings team apparel, stationery items, stamps, books, magazines and DVDs. All these items would benefit residents living in a group care facility.

"We appreciate your generosity and wish you a happy holiday," said Scott Markle of the Bong Center.

Call Hope Swenson and Scott Markle at 715-392-7151 with questions.