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Please participate in Saturday's National Day of Service

To the editor,
Have you been asked yet to participate in the National Day of Service this coming Saturday, January 19? If not, please consider this your invitation!
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Presidential Inauguration Committee has asked us all to commit to helping local organizations or projects that serve our fellow Americans or others in need. Activities are going on all across the country. Here are some examples for Central New Hampshire:
This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a group of folks will be going door-to-door in their town or community to request items for the Salvation Army in Laconia. Many volunteers are needed for this effort. If you can give a couple of hours to collect and deliver to the Salvation Army this Saturday, please give me, Anne Rogers, a call at 455-2041 so I can sign you up. If you can't give your time but have any of the following items to donate, please bring them to the Laconia Salvation Army at 177 Union Ave during the event hours, 10 to 2:
— Paper Plates, 8 oz. paper cups, napkins, plastic utensils and toilet paper multi-packs
— Coffee, tea, dry creamer, dry milk, canned juice
— Canned meats, spam, beef stew, tuna
— Baked beans, canned carrots, peas, and green beans, soups, spaghetti sauce, canned fruits, peanut butter and jam
— Spaghetti, pasta, macaroni and cheese, brown and white rice, cereal, oatmeal
— Deodorant (men and women), shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste
In Meredith there are two projects: Lynn Thomas is collecting cell phones all this week to donate to hopephones.org. Saturday the 19th is the final day of the collection. You can check out online how the organization refurbishes all kinds of mobile phones for use for medical communication in areas far from medical facilities. For more information, call Lynn at 677-2874.
Finally, Liz and Bev Lapham are collecting warm items to bring to homeless vets in New Hampshire. Yes, shameful to say, we do have veterans who are homeless! Winter boots and coats for men, especially large and extra large sizes, other warm clothing and sleeping bags are all needed. Please bring these items during the week, up to Friday at 5 p.m., to Village Canvas, Foundry Avenue in Meredith. The phone number is 279-6717.
Please help in whatever way you can this week, and especially on the National Day of Service, Saturday, January 19, 2013. Thank you!
Anne Rogers
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