From the Desk of Assemblyman Charles Lavine

April 11, 2008

Recently I had the distinct pleasure of meeting three women who have rendered selfless service to our community and nation.

Renee Zeichner, Chris Tooker and Sue Victor, employees of the Plainview Old- Bethpage Public Library, began collecting food, toiletries, books and magazines for our soldiers overseas. Since July of 2006 with the help of friends, co-workers and local organizations, the group in their spare time has mailed more than 1100 packages to over 100 units in war torn Iraq and Afghanistan.

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.

For community members who wish to contribute to this outstanding cause by donating goods, there is a drop off box in the entrance of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, located at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview.

I encourage residents to help protect our troops by providing them with essential items and by giving them the security, support and comfort of knowing that they are in the thoughts and prayers of every American.