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Veterans get gifts from clerk’s office

The Letcher County Clerk’s Office bought Christmas presents for residents at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.

Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade and his staff raised $2,920 to buy presents for the veterans, including eight from Letcher County.

“Whatever they asked for, if it was in reason we got it,” said Meade.

Meade said veterans asked for items such as pajamas, electric razors and a carton of cigarettes.

Meade, his staff and other officials from eastern Kentucky attended a Christmas party at the Veterans Center Thursday night where Santa Claus gave out the presents officials brought.

Meade said the party was held to “to give (the veterans) a little something back and to show them we appreciate them.”

“They were tickled. They had a ball,” said Meade.

Wade Lindon, administrator of the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, wrote Meade a letter telling him how much the veterans appreciated Meade’s contribution.

“Imagine the look on the veterans’ faces when they opened the gifts you provided and realized they had not been forgotten,” wrote Lindon. “The smiles of our veterans could light up a room at Christmas time when the gifts and activities start arriving. It refreshes their knowledge of our thankfulness for their heroic deeds.”

The Kentucky County Clerks Association raises money for veterans all year long through a program called Help A Veteran Every Day. People can donate to HAVE through their county clerk’s office.

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