The Medford Multicare Center for Living is helping a local nonprofit gather goods for troops overseas through Veterans Day.
The Jacob's Light Foundation in Port Jefferson, started in 2003 by Dorine Kenney in remembrance of her son Jacob, sends about 9,000 pounds of packages to soldiers each month, and will collect the items gathered by the local nursing facility along with those collected by the Patchogue-Medford School District and businesses like Stop & Shop Supermarket and Target.
The multicare center has been collecting items like batteries, shampoo and conditioner, along with letters to soldiers since Oct. 11.
Carolyn L'Brien, director of recreation at the multicare center, said the cause hits close to home as about a dozen residents at the nursing home are veterans themselves.
"I hate when people forget about the troops," L'Brien said. "They're still out there."
L'Brien said those interested in donating care items can bring them to 3115 Horseblock Road, Medford or call the center at 631-730-3000 for more information.