A drive is being sponsored to assist two centers that serve homeless veterans — Liberty House in Manchester and the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, Mass.
The following items are needed: soap; shampoo; deodorant; toothbrushes; toothpaste; shaving cream; hand lotion; quilts; afghans; sleeping bags; and knitted or crocheted hats for men, women and children.
Donations can be dropped off at the East Kingston and Fremont town halls and public libraries, the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church, the Peoples United Methodist Church in Fremont, and the Mary E. Bartlett Library in Brentwood.
Quilts, afghans and sleeping bags can only be accepted at the Mary E. Bartlett Library.
The drive will continue through Dec. 19.
Wreaths of Remembrance will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery and at town and city monuments across the U.S. as a part of the Wreaths Across America program.
On Dec. 14 at noon, a wreath will be placed at the Veterans Memorial Stone outside the East Kingston Library, and the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church will lead a brief service honoring our troops.
A wreath will concurrently be placed at the Veterans Memorial Monument in front of Fremont Town Hall, and the Peoples United Methodist Church will likewise lead a brief service honoring our troops.
Both events are open to the public, and refreshments will be served after.
Family members and friends of the veterans buried in the East Kingston or Fremont cemeteries are invited to sponsor a wreath in honor of their loved ones who have served our country. There are 350 veterans buried in the two towns — 142 in East Kingston and 208 in Fremont.
Wreaths cost $15; $10 covers the construction and delivery of the wreath, and $5 supports homeless veterans at Liberty House and the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center.
For more information on the drive or the wreaths, call Gerry Tilley at 895-6658.