Operation Enduring Care
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Welcome to the webpage for “Operation Enduring Care.” The collection is active in spite of the additional hardships presented due to the COVID-19 virus.

    Every two weeks, we provide items for the inpatients of the VA Medical Center Hospital, Patients at Building 64, Substance Abuse Recovery Program and residents of the Community Living Centers.  Community Living Center 4, currently house those in Hospice, facing end of life challenges and care.  This unit is very dear to me.  I was diagnosed as a “Failure to thrive”(being given up for dead), in another hospital and faced the hardship of the struggle ahead.  For many, our donations are the final embrace of a caring Nation.  Our show of gratitude for the patient’s service to our Nation and protection of our freedom.

    I am asking for monetary donations at this time.  The restrictions and shutdowns due to the virus limit access at times to our veterans in need at the VA Medical Center.  It also compounds issues with storage of items.  Space is limited and at difficult times an appointment is needed to maintain limited access per directives.  Long term storage also limits expiration dates.

    Monetary donations allow quick purchase on an as need basis.  Limits complications of unpredictable storage requirements and access.

    Each $10.00 donation allows the purchase of toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, hair shampoo, disposable razors and deodorant for one patient.  These items last the patient two weeks.  None of these items are supplied by the hospital and many patients arrive with only the items they can carry.

    We also supply the above items with the addition of a blanket, tee shirts, underwear, socks, and sweatshirt when available to those being discharged.  Nonperishable foods and snacks are also supplied when available, but expiration dates can be an issue.

Origin of “Operation Enduring Care”

    For the last 10 years, I have battled to survive and recover from several different forms of malignant cancers.  During a round of surgeries, treatments and follow up appointments at the Northport VA Medical Center, I was informed that the on campus shelter was in need of donations.  The shelter at the time was managed by the Salvation Army.  It is now managed by the Beacon House.  There had been severe shortfalls in donations at the time. 

    The shelter and Pantry, strives to supply meals, personal hygiene items, warm gently used clothing, blankets and new underwear to our veterans in need.  Additionally, families of veterans were provided bags of groceries to assist them during hardship.

    After being diagnosed with additional unrelated cancers, I suffered the onset of severe clinical depression.  This added to my decline.  I started taking small bags of items and food to the shelter on campus.  I attempted to put a positive spin on appointments by focusing on the needs of others instead of pity for myself.  One bag quickly grew into several and more.  Slowly momentum allowed the collection to grow.  Over the past years, 200 families have been assisted, 9,500 meals provided and 50,000 hygiene items distributed.

    The need for our veterans is ongoing.  The hardships occur throughout the year and not just to be remembered during military related holidays.  The VA Medical Center does not supply patients with: hygiene items, snacks or comfort items.  These items are donated and distributed on a “first come, first served” basis.  With the sponsorship of American Legion Post #1244, “Operation Enduring Care” strives to provide the items to reassure our veterans, our community cares.  To those veterans facing end of life care, we strive to give meaning to our country’s last caring embrace.       

“Operation Enduring Care”  

An Extended Hand Assisting Our Veterans In Need   


We are accepting donations of most non-perishable items in addition to any items as listed:

  • Canned meats or proteins (ex: tuna, spam, chicken, beef, etc.)

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Soups (single serving or canned)

  • Macaroni & Cheese (canned, single serving)

  • Snacks (individually wrapped items, single serving)

  • Canned or single serving Fruits (fruit cocktail, applesauce, pears, pudding)

  • Pasta/Rice/Potatoes in boxes

  • Toiletries such as:

  • Toothpaste and denture cleaner

  • Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Body Wash

  • Shaving Cream (male & female)

  • Razors (male & female) Disposable

  • Alcohol Free Mouth Wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste

  • Body Wash for inpatients

  • Bars of Soap for outpatients


Other Items:


  • Shower Shoes/ Flip Flops (needed sizes medium /large or 9+ and female-sizes medium and large)

  • New in-package under clothing such as:

    • New packaged underwear such as new tee shirts, undershorts, panties sizes medium, large, extra-large, 1XL, 2XL, 3XL both male and female

    • Socks, new in-package, Men’s sized medium, large and extra large, Men’s and Ladies

  • Bedding such as: Blankets, twin or full size.  New or clean and gently used.

  • Sweat suits, Hoodies, Sweatshirts

    We also accept monetary donations to purchase the above listed items.  Please make checks payable to:


American Legion Post 1244, please place “Operation Enduring Care” in the memo area.

    Please mail checks to American Legion Post 1244, PO Box 238,  Greenlawn, New York 11740.


You may also donate here via PayPal or any credit card.



Thank you for all of your assistance.  Our collection is to reassure those in need, that they are not forgotten.  To our veterans, thank you for your service.