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Bringing Holiday Joy to Connecticut Veterans

Lisa Siedlarz is helping to make the season bright for Connecticut veterans.

For over 15 years, Siedlarz, student loan coordinator at Southern, has helped coordinate the Stockings for Soldiers event with the West Haven VA Medical Center.

“We started 15 years ago sending stockings to Afghanistan when my brother was deployed,” said Siedlarz in an on-camera appearance with Great Day Connecticut.

After he came home, Siedlarz began sending stockings to Wounded Warriors in Texas before starting her own program here in Connecticut.

Donations being sought are:

Full-size bars of soap, socks, shaving cream, toothpaste, individually wrapped tooth brushes, medium sized hand/body lotion and deodorant.

Granola bars, snack sized packages of raisins, chapstick, puzzle books, new pens, individually wrapped hard candies and life savers, snack sized cookies such as Oreos or Chips Ahoy, purse-sized tissue packets, gum, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, Slim Jims, handmade cards, and candy canes.

The VA Connecticut Healthcare System serves veterans from across Connecticut, including at the West Haven VA Medical Center, the campus in Newington and community-based clinics.

For more details on how to help with this cause, visit this website. The donation deadline is Dec. 4, 2022.


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