Assemblyman Lavine and Senator Kemp Hannon Honor Those Who Have Helped Our Soldiers

March 25, 2008

Glen Cove – Assemblyman Charles Lavine and Senator Kemp Hannon joined forces today at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library to recognize three of its employees who have rendered selfless service to our community and nation.

Renee Zeichner, Chris Tooker and Sue Victor began collecting food, toiletries, books, magazines and more to create care packages for our soldiers overseas. Since July of 2006 with the help of friends, co-workers, local organizations such as the Plainview VFW, religious organizations, schools and the Plainview Post Office the group has mailed more than 1100 packages to over 100 units in war torn Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gretchen Browne, Library Director said "When Renee Zeichner began to talk about her ideas to help the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, everyone thought it was a grand idea. But no one thought three years and 1,000-plus boxes later, Renee's program, "For Our Soldiers," now assisted by Sue Victor and Chris Tooker, would still be going strong. Fueled by dedication and commitment to helping others, these volunteers have grown a movement. The staff and Board at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library join the community in congratulating these women and supporting them as they continue their valuable service."

Senator Kemp Hannon said “Renee Zeichner, Chris Tooker, and Sue Victor are great examples for all Americans. Their selfless work to make the lives of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan a little brighter means so very much to these brave men and women and to their families. I commend them and hope others on Long Island and across the country follow in their footsteps and try to do a little something to say thank you and to let those in the armed forces know we care and wish them well.”

Assemblyman Charles Lavine said “Renee, Chris and Sue deserve the recognition and the commendation of our entire New York community for treating our brave troops as if they are all our daughters and our sons. After five years of engagement in the Middle East, that is a lesson we ought to respect each and every day.”

Presently there are 50 more care packages to be mailed overseas. Renee, Chris and Sue invite the community to participate in their philanthropic efforts.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Tara Butler at 516-676-0050 or Chris Bastardi at 516-739-1700.