Bronxville Union Free School District

High School Students Make Holidays Brighter for Veterans

Thanks to the generosity of Bronxville High School students and their families, approximately 100 veterans at the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose will receive gifts this holiday season.

Over the course of a week, the students collected sweaters, blankets, books, hats, gloves, scarves, jewelry, headphones, cookies and more before wrapping the gifts during an afterschool wrap-a-thon on Dec. 19. Social studies teacher Dana Landesman, who organized the holiday gift drive after answering the facility’s plea for help, dropped off the donations.

“Thanks to all the students and their families who participated in this drive,” Landesman said. “Their generosity is going to make the holiday season much brighter for many veterans. According to the coordinator at the facility, our Bronxville community was able to provide gifts to an entire ward of the hospital.”

The New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose provides quality care to veterans in need of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Students said that donating the gifts was a way for them to thank the veterans for their service and sacrifices to our country.

“We wanted to show our gratitude and wish each one of them all the best for the holiday season and new year,” said Bronxville High School senior Michael Landy, whose family donated sweaters, shirts and costume jewelry.