Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND ON, about supporting our veterans.
“Dear Heloise: Do you know any ways I can support our veterans? I am looking for a way to help. -- Josh in Colorado”
Thank you for asking! There are many, many groups that help our veterans. In fact, too many to list here. You can call the chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in your area for ideas on how you can help. It may be volunteering, donations — there are a thousand ways to help our vets.
Here is just one you might consider, which I have written about for more than 15 years:
The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club is a wonderful organization. They collect U.S. and foreign stamps and coins, postcards, sports cards and much more. This group then passes the items on to other Veterans Affairs support centers across the nation. The stamps and coins, etc., are supplied for therapeutic use helping veterans. Send donations to:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club No. 135 S.C.
3601 South 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85723
You also can check to see if your city’s VA office needs help or donations. Thank you for wanting to support our veterans. They need all the help we can give them, and anything you or my readers can do will be a wonderful way to say thank you to all of the veterans who sacrificed so much to keep us safe. And, don’t forget to say “thank you” in person to the military personnel in uniform, or retired, when you get a chance. -- Heloise
SEND A GREAT HINT TO:
P.O. Box 795000
San Antonio, TX 78279-5000
Dear Readers: Here are other uses for straws:
* Store necklaces in them for no tangles.
* Clean a sink drain with one.
* Make the spindle on your sewing machine taller to hold thread.
* Hull strawberries with one.
* Straighten flower stems.
Dear Heloise: I understand your frustration with the placement of box tops on products. In my time as a school box-top coordinator, I learned they place the box tops such that people can’t rip them off in the store without buying the product. — Amy, via e-mail
Thanks to you and all of the others who wrote about this. Sorry, but I just never would have thought about ripping off (really ripping off!) box tops! I would love to hear from grocery-store managers if this happens a lot. If so, what can my readers do to help? -- Heloise
RINSE AND DRAIN
Dear Heloise: Whenever I am opening a can of beans, I poke a few holes in the bottom with an ice pick. I then open the top of the can all the way and hold it under the running water. The water drains straight through and rinses the contents. -- Shirley in Tennessee