There is still time to assist military veterans and their families in the spirit of the recent holiday season.

The 2013 Christmas collection for Arkansas Veterans has been extended to Feb. 1.

"Due to late notification, shorter shopping season and weather, the deadline for donations has been extended to Saturday Feb. 1, 2014," according to a press release issued recently by the 2013 Christmas Collection for Arkansas Veterans Organization. "We are collecting needed and desired items for Arkansas veterans. Donations will go to the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (Ft. Roots and McClellan VA Hospitals.) Some items will go to patients in a Community Living Center (CLC.) The CLC units consist of a Dementia Care Unit, Geriatric Specialty Unit, & a sub-acute, respite, & short & long term care unit."

The collection is being sponsored by the Jacksonville Museum of Military History and the Daughters of the American Revolution/Major Jacob Gray Chapter.

Donation locations are as follows: Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 241-1943, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville.; Mount Tabor Methodist Church, 843-1084, 4100 Arkansas 89, Cabot and Arkansas Flag and Banner 375-7633, 800 W. 9th St., Little Rock.

Numerous items are being accepted as donations, including:

Clothing: All sizes but especially Large and XL

(No used clothing please)

T-shirts (Long & Short Sleeves); Sweatshirts; Hoodie jackets (thick fleece/jersey); Sweatpants; Lounge pants; Tube socks; Diabetic socks; Boxers (size L-5XL); Slippers/House shoes (size 8-12); Velcro strap tennis shoes (size 8-12); Gloves (L-XL); Warm or baseball hats; "Snuggies"; Thick robes

Personal Care Items:

(No used items and no travel size please); Shaving cream; Double blade razor blades; Deodorant; Body wash (no bar soap allowed); Shampoo; Tooth brushes; Toothpaste; Tooth brush covers; Cologne and body spray (bingo prizes); Orange sticks / Nail files; Manicure sets; Hair clippers; Electric razors w/ disposable heads; Reading glasses; Magnifying glasses

Time is also a valuable commodity, according to the organization.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Voluntary Services at 257-3288.

— Greg Rayburn