The Jacksonville Museum of Military History and the Daughters of the American Revolution/Major Jacob Gray Chapter once again are collecting needed and desired items for Arkansas veterans. In years past, donations were given to the Arkansas State Veterans Nursing Home but as most of you know this facility is now closed. Your donations this year will go to the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (Fort Roots and McClellan VA Hospitals.) In particular, items will go to the patients in a Community Living Center (CLC.) The CLC units consist of a Dementia Care Unit, Geriatric Specialty Unit, and a sub-acute, respite, and short & long term care unit.

Clothing: All sizes but especially Large and XL (No used clothing please): T-shirts, lounge pants , tube socks, diabetic socks, slippers/house shoes, neck scarves ;

Personal Care Items: (No used items please) : shaving cream, double blade razor blades, deodorant, body wash (no bar soap allowed); shampoo; tooth brushes; toothpaste, tooth brush covers, reading glasses;

Entertainment: (Some items will be used for bingo prizes): men’s cologne & aftershave, magnifying glasses, Book lights, puzzle & word search magazines/books, writing tablets, pocket calculators, 42 inch flat screen TVs for 22 patient rooms, DVD players for recreational therapy, guitars for music therapy;

Food: Coffee (reg & decaf), coffee filters for Mr. Coffee machines, candy, cookies & snacks (no homemade, sugar free candy & cookies (no homemade),

Other: Laundry detergent, quilt / bulletin boards (for photos) for patients’ rooms, Christmas decorations & ornaments (Gently used is ok), monetary donations: (can be designated for specific use or undesignated / make checks payable to "CVAHS".), Canteen Coupon Books(for patient use at facility shopping areas), Lake Good Hope Pavilion Fund, Emergency Needs Fund, Homeless Veterans Program Fund, breakfast bars& coffee for Mental Health Outpatient Therapy;

Adopt A Unit: Organizations can adopt units to visit patients and plan events throughout the year. Celebrate individual birthdays, picnics and ice cream socials, sponsor bingo nights, gardening assistance, sponsor Fall harvest party, assistance in holiday decorating, musical (piano playing or other instruments) Karaoke, 1 on 1 visit (read paper, write letters, take outside);

Individual Volunteer Opportunities: 2 man teams to pop popcorn on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (2-4 p.m.) hours

Donation Locations: Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville, (501) 241-1943, and Arkansas Flag and Banner 800 W. 9th St, Little Rock(501) 375-7633 . The deadline is Friday, Dec. 21.