Operation Enduring Care

     “Operation Enduring Care” is a collection, sponsored by American Legion Post #1244, for needed items to assist our veterans that are inpatients, in danger of being homeless or facing life altering health conditions.  The VA Medical Center at Northport, New York, does not supply hygiene or related items to the inpatients. More often, those veterans placed in Hospice Care, have only the belongings they can carry.

     Twice a month, needed items are provided to the inpatients with donations through “Operation Enduring Care” so used items are replenished and consistent care rendered.  For those in Hospice, this is often the last embrace of a grateful community and Nation.

     The collection was conceived by Albert Statton III, US Army (Retired), American Legionnaire and Firefighter.  His story follows:               

 

 

                                         

       For the last 10 years, I have battled to survive and recover from several different forms of malignant cancers.  During a round of treatments and follow up appointments, at the Northport VA Medical Center, I was informed that the Salvation Army Shelter, which is now managed by the Beacon House, could immediately use a donation of many items because of shortfalls with donations.  Together, the Pantry and Shelter, strives to supply meals, personal hygiene items,  warm gently used clothing, packaged new underwear, blankets, “Tee” shirts and socks items when available to our area veterans in need.  The residence was filled to capacity at the time. 

Additionally, help is extended to some veterans with families, including small children that are in need.  Up to 27 additional bags of groceries were prepared daily from items available in the Food Pantry for families in need.  On many occasions, I was greeted by those in need, simply waiting as I dropped off my donations.  I have also been blessed to provide food and comfort items to over 100 veterans and families over the past two Christmas Holidays through a wonderful group of volunteers.

    

The Community Living Centers or CLCs at the Northport VA Medical Center are the residence of the elderly, infirmed, very ill and terminally ill veterans of all eras of Armed Forces Service since World War II.  Many of the older veterans have outlived spouses and family members, no one left at home to assist or care for them.  Some are seriously ill due to service to our country. While, others are terminally ill with cancers related to exposure to “Agent Orange” or as a result of duty.  Unlike some of our civilian hospitals, the VA Medical Center does not supply personal health care items.  Veterans that are unable to purchase these items due to failing health, lack of funds or are bed ridden must go without unless the items are donated.  We have collected over 150,000 items to date for both inpatients and outpatient veterans, but the need is constant.

 

     I am also an American Legionnaire, a veteran of over 20 years of active duty, (serving from Vietnam to “Operation Desert Storm”), as well as a volunteer firefighter in our township of Huntington, New York.  I formed "Operation Enduring Care", to help me focus positive energy on continuing to do some good for the community, while dealing with the clinical depression and pain of each successive cancer diagnosis.  Trips to drop items off at the Shelter, helped to put a positive touch on appointments for follow up on surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.  The battle with clinical depression continued as I underwent additional appointments, testing and scans.  I sometimes felt more of a specimen than a patient as reaching a point of comfort seemed out of sight.  With the support of donors, over 9,500 meals have been provided.  Presently, 27, 32 inch televisions have been purchased for and given to the Hospice Unit to help provide an additional measure of comfort to veterans facing the end of life.  The need is currently ongoing and not limited to just the major holidays.

     I am asking for your support collecting the needed items to provide comfort for our veterans.  Our community has been a source of comfort and pride to me and my wife, during the generous past, collections for "Operation Home Comfort", in support of the 10TH Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, during their earlier 3 deployments overseas.  Over 7000 pounds of comfort items had been shipped to 12,000 American soldiers in combat.  This current collection for our veterans is ongoing and will continue as long as the need exists. 

I am willing to pick up items locally, if needed by appointment.  My cell phone number is 631-835-3851.  Monetary donations are accepted and preferred as it allows us to immediately purchase items without worry of expiration dates or storage space restrictions and requirements. 

Monetary donations may be mailed payable to American Legion Post #1244, (please write “Operation Enduring Care” in the memo portion of checks), PO Box 238, Greenlawn, NY 11740.

    

Thank you for your consideration.  All donations are appreciated with 100 percent used directly on items for donation.  I am blessed to have the help of compassionate volunteers from my Post and community.  Donations are welcome on behalf of a veteran, family or a company, as well as an organization. 

    

To those that served, this is my Duty.  To give is my Honor.  Thank you for your service to our Country.  No veteran is forgotten, we are in reach.

Origin “Operation Enduring Care”

 

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.

“Operation Enduring Care”  

An Extended Hand Assisting Our Veterans In Need   

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      Mailing Address
       American Legion
         Greenlawn Post 1244
         PO Box 238
         Greenlawn, NY 11740

Meetings

St. Joseph Council Knights of Columbus

24 Boulevard Ave.

Greenlawn, NY 11740

8:00 pm - 2nd Wednesday of the month

Commander

Donna Boyle

Email: 39dpip@gmail.com

Phone: 631-271-2643

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