The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, the Bong Book Club and the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 and its Auxiliary are collecting gift donations for the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay. A box for donations can be found in the lobby of the center at 305 Harbor View Parkway.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 17. Gifts should be unwrapped. Donors may include their name on the gift or remain anonymous.

Suggested gift items include: shaving and other personal care supplies, candy, pet supplies, gardening supplies, Norelco electric shavers, iPods, iTunes cards, headphones, DVD players with headsets, outdoor Christmas decorations, 300- to 1000-piece puzzles, model kits with metal or plastic pieces that can be snapped or glued together, Ball and Folk guitar strings, 1950s and 1960s song books, watercolor brush pens, adult coloring books, colored pencils, bluetooth MP3 players, colored markers, stationery items, stamps, books, magazines and DVDs.

No medical devices will be accepted.