Donation made for Christmas stockings for veterans project

IRON MOUNTAIN – A donation of 160 pounds of candy was made recently to the Office of Community Corrections for the Christmas stockings for veterans project.

Dr. Jason Hall, a local orthodontist, has for many years held a buy- back program for Halloween. Each year he offers to purchase the children’s candy that they have collected for one dollar per pound. Last year he bought back and donated 127 pound of collected candy to the friends of the 1432nd National Guard Unit. This candy was then shipped to the local soldiers that were serving in Afghanistan.

This year, Dr. Hall bought back and donated 160 pounds of candy that will be used to fill Christmas stockings for veterans. The stockings are provided by the Office of Community Corrections with Denise Formolo, corrections coordinator. The stockings are made community service clients referred by the courts.

The community service workers will fill the stockings which will then be delivered to veterans in nursing homes and shuts-ins by the Office of Veteran Affairs. The Office of Veteran Affairs will be providing a gift card which will also be placed in the Christmas stocking.

If you have or know of a veteran and /or veteran’s widow who is in a Nursing Home or is a shut-in, living in Dickinson County, please contact Chuck Lantz, Office of Veteran Affairs director at 774-2820 to request a stocking.

“We appreciate all that Dr. Hall has done in helping to make this project for veterans a success,” Formolo said. “This is another example of how good things happen when businesses and non-profit organizations collaborate on a project.”