Area organizations collect donations for Valor Clinic
Various groups continue to do their part to raise awareness for a local shelter whose mission is to help veterans get back on their feet.
Among the organizations that are serving as collection sites for Valor Clinic Foundation's Paul's House - Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary in Jonas, are as follows:
• The McNealis Insurance Agency, with offices in Hometown and Hazleton, has been collecting food, clothes and hygiene products.
• St Joseph's Parish in Summit Hill has been collecting food and toiletries.
• The St. Vincent de Paul Society of the parish will be set up outside of Boyer's in Lansford todayto collect donations and canned goods.
• St Jerome Region school in Tamaqua is collecting toiletries and canned goods, as well as winter coats of all sizes.
• The American Legion in Summit Hill and Lansford, as well as the VFW in Nesquehoning, have collection boxes.
• Julianne O'Gorman's Beauty Shop in Summit Hill has a donation box and is collecting items and donations.
• Lansford businesses that have been collecting are The Sports Zoo, Terry McCall (tax collector), and the Panther Valley Public Library, while St. John's Byzantine Church in Lansford has also donated several boxes of items.
• Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Panther Valley raised over $100 Tuesday when they donated $1 for having an open gym period, and will be collecting until Friday. Also on Friday, the intermediate school will be having a dress-down day for $1.
• On Nov. 12, the Panther Valley Running and Fitness Club is hosting a Veterans Day 5K in Summit Hill, at which time it will be collecting toiletries and canned goods.
• The Carbon County Courthouse is also participating, with some offices collecting.
• Shawn Kresge of Jim Thorpe will be donating four turkeys for Thanksgiving.
• The Zoo Health Club in the Carbon Plaza mall has a donation box and will be collecting items.
VALOR stands for Veterans Assisted Living Out Reach, a nonprofit charity focused on helping veterans with limited or no access to care get assistance with benefits, and shelter to veterans who, because of health or lack of means, are unable to find or keep shelter of their own.