LONG ISLAND, NY (TIP): During the beautiful week of Thanksgiving, as Holiday season started, members of Indian American Community joined together and started initiative for Our Veterans Families in USA. Collections for Veterans Families was started by NY State Senator Kemp Hannon in Garden City, Long Island.

Several members of IAF, IALI, Ladies Club and other groups started collecting nonperishable items to be sent as donations to soldiers and veterans of US Army.

Donations were given on Nov 22 at Senior Bethpage Community Center in Hicksville Long Island. IAF conducts senior programs at the Bethpage Center every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Mr Richard Olson, President of Adopt a Battalion Program in Massapequa accepted the donations on behalf of the Veterans Group. Senator Hannon praised the efforts of the Indian American Community and thanked them for this initiative.

Beena Kothari, President of India Association of Long Island Presented Medals of Appreciation to Senator Hannon, Mr Richard Olson, Mr Vijay Goswamy and to Anu Gulati.

Special thanks to members of Ladies Club, Dr Manju Sharma, Ranu Jajoo, Dr Usha Bansal, Dr Urmilesh Arya, Dr Ami Walia, Dr Veena Arora, Indus American Bank and HAB Bank for coordinating the collections and donations.