Help us spread some ‘Comfort & Joy’ for area veterans

Tracy Dvorak
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The seventh annual “Comfort & Joy – Gifts for Veterans” program is officially underway at the Grand Junction Free Press.

The program, in support of the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center and local and regional veterans, has been enormously successful in past years thanks to the generosity of the community.

“The Free Press is proud to sponsor ‘Comfort and Joy’ again this year. We believe in supporting our veterans and hope that our efforts will help those in need to have a great holiday season,” said Ben Rogers, Free Press general manager.

The program is fine-tuned a bit each year so the list of requested items matches the need of veterans. This year, the Free Press and the VA Medical Center are accepting the following new items: Crossword/word search books (large print only); bookstore gift cards; small tubes of toothpaste; soft toothbrushes; denture cleanser tablets; denture adhesive; two-sided denture brushes; small packets of tissue; knit gloves and knit hats; socks and slippers; new paperback books; and 5-inch pocket combs.

And please remember, all items must be new and do not need to be gift-wrapped.

For more information on the Comfort & Joy – Gifts for Veterans, call 970-243-2200, ext. 18200.

Donations can be dropped off at the Free Press Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 145 N. Fourth St., and the VA Medical Center lobby on North Avenue, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days a week. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31.

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