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First Vietnam, now Rockland: VVA gives out toys to needy kids

December
10

The adults we met in Vietnam thanked us profusely for the donations of life-saving medical devices, vitamins, clothing and school supplies our group collected and distributeddebbiebeanie.jpg to orphanages, schools and villages last month, but of course it was the gifts of Beanie Babies, yo-yos, volleyballs and other toys that brought joy to children everywhere we went.

Hoping to bring some smiles to local faces this month, Debby Roland-Frank (left) of Congers and other friends and members of the Rockland County chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will give out toys and host a Christmas party on Dec. 13 for underprivileged children at the Rainbow Connection Child Care Learning Center in Nanuet, NY.kidbeanie.jpg

VVA Chapter 333 will supply snacks and drinks for the party, where members will hand out about $1,000 worth of donated toys for children whose parents make a combined income below $15,000.

Last holiday season, VVA333 members gave gifts to more than 80 kids at the annual event, along with 120 families in Haverstraw.

Anyone interested in helping out or getting more information can leave a message for VVA member Howard Goldin at (845) 371-7605.

This entry was posted on Monday, December 10th, 2007 at 8:01 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Vietnam veterans, Vietnam veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America

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2 Responses to “First Vietnam, now Rockland: VVA gives out toys to needy kids”

  1. Minh

    Your ”(By the way, our guide told us the girls were giggling infectiously because it’s considered very odd to have three people posed like this – maybe it’s an unlucky number, or just uneven? Can anyone out there in the blogosphere explain this?)”

    Taking pictures of people in odd number(s)...(i.e. 3,5,7) is considered unlucky, negative.

    I am enjoying your site very much.

    Thanks,

  2. Bryan

    In some Asian countries, having three people in a photo brings a superstious belief that one of the people in the photo will die shortly thereafter. In this instance, they will call another friend to join them in the photo to even it up.

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"Return to Vietnam" chronicles the journey of Col. Andonios Neroulias USA (Ret.) of Briarcliff Manor, NY, joined by his daughter, staff writer Nicole Neroulias, to the country he fought in 40 years ago. They are traveling with Vietnam veterans and Rotarians from Rockland County and other parts of the country. Check this blog for daily posts, photos, recordings and slideshows about their experiences.
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Nicole and Andonios Neroulias

Nicole Neroulias grew up in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has covered religion and city news in Cyprus, Connecticut and California, where she earned several fellowships and prizes, including a national Religion Newswriters Association award. She joined The Journal News in early 2007 and also teaches journalism at Columbia.

Col. Andonios Neroulias emigrated from Greece in 1956 and was commissioned an officer through the ROTC program of the City College of NY. From 1967-68, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry (Tropic Lightning) Division, whose main base was in Cu Chi, known for its intricate Viet Cong tunnels. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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