CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes reminds Mercer County residents that there are only a few more days to donate to a most important annual endeavor: Mercer County's holiday donation drive to purchase food for needy veterans.

Rather than collecting donations of food, Mercer County's Office of Veterans Services is seeking monetary donations that will be put toward the purchase of food vouchers veterans can use to purchase holiday meals at Marazzo's Thriftway grocery store on Parkway Avenue in Ewing. As of Friday, Nov. 14, Mercer County Veterans Services has received monetary donations totaling $2,892.

"I thank everyone who has generously donated from the bottom of my heart," Hughes said, "and I invite anyone who can make a donation to do so by November 19 so that we may purchase as many Thanksgiving meals as necessary for our national heroes."

Checks should be made payable to the "Mercer County Trust Fund" and should be mailed to the Mercer County Office of Veterans Services at 2280 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, N.J. 08619. Donations are preferred by check and not cash.

Mercer County Veteran Services will use every dollar collected to purchase and distribute vouchers for food products from Marazzo's Thriftway to veterans and their families before the Thanksgiving holiday and other upcoming family holidays. Last year, Veteran Services collected over $5,000 in support of providing Thanksgiving meals for veterans and is hopeful to surpass that mark this year.

"Even if you only have a couple of dollars to give, you can make a big difference for a veteran this holiday season," Hughes said.

For more information about donating, call (609) 989-6120. Veterans wishing to know whether they are eligible to receive a food voucher can call James Gordon at the Trenton Vet Center at (609) 882-5744.