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Bronxville Students Collect, Wrap, Deliver Holiday Gifts To Veterans

left) Bronxville High School students Chloe Slater, Amelia Srebnik,
Pippa Fraser, Anabel Maldonando, and Isabelle Phillips wrap the gifts they collected for veterans at the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose.
left) Bronxville High School students Chloe Slater, Amelia Srebnik, Pippa Fraser, Anabel Maldonando, and Isabelle Phillips wrap the gifts they collected for veterans at the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Some Bronxville students will find themselves on the “nice list” this year after brightening the day of some Hudson Valley veterans during the holidays.

A holiday gift drive, spearheaded by social studies teacher Dana Landesman and led by the sophomore class at the high school, led to the donation of more than 100 gifts, which were delivered to the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose.

During the drive, which lasted only a week, students and their families collected sweaters, socks, blankets, books, jewelry, snack baskets and other gifts that the veterans wished for. The gifts were wrapped during an after-school “wrap-a-thon” and then delivered this week.

“This gift-giving tradition has definitely made a difference,” sophomore Anabel Maldonado said. “The veterans asked for something that I would never think to ask for, but I hope giving her those six bins of Pringles will make a difference and I hope it made her holiday a little better."

According to school officials, The New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose provides quality care to veterans in need of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Students said that donating the gifts was a way for them to thank the veterans for their service to and sacrifices for our country.

“We hoped to do something special for the holidays with the money we raised during our fall fundraisers,” senior Jack McSherry, president of the Hearts to Home Club whose goal is to support members of the military and their families, said. “When we learned about this great opportunity to support the veterans, we were really happy to help."

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