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Operation Christmas Wish under way in Mon Valley

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

A Vanderbilt organization devoted to providing wishes for adults in need is now collecting special gifts for a group of airmen from the region now deployed in the Middle East.

The collection, named Operation Christmas Wish, is being spearheaded by Unity, A Journey of Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides wishes to adults throughout the region, including the Mid-Mon Valley.

John and Bobbi Robinson of Vanderbilt established Unity, A Journey of Hope, on Aug. 22, 2007. The organization has granted many wishes since its inception.

Currently, Unity is adopting 13 airmen from the tri-county area who are deployed through the holidays. For security military security reasons, the 13 airmen and their specific units are not being divulged.

Items being accepted include:

• Beef jerky/Slim Jims (must be vacuum packed), protein bars, socks (white or green only), baby wipes, cards/letters/ international calling cards, Axe products, shaving cream, liquid soap, deodorant, nuts, sunflowers, gum, Swedish fish.

Pork products, religious articles and hard candies cannot be accepted.

Donations are being accepted and will be picked up and packed for delivery on Dec. 2.

Monetary donations will be accepted to defray the cost of shipping. Checks can be made out to Unity, A Journey of Hope.

Unity is also planning to buy a Christmas gift for a family member of each airman and present the gifts here as a surprise from the airman stationed in the Middle East.

Unity will be collecting items at the following locations:

• The Valley Independent, Eastgate 19, Monessen;

• Duck Hollow Animal Hospital, Duck Hollow Road, Uniontown;

• Esquire Barber Shop, 51 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., Uniontown;

• Bryan Kisiel and Associates, 815B Memorial Blvd., Connellsville;

• WMBS 590 AM studios, 44 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., Uniontown;

• Dollar General, Giant Eagle Plaza, Route 51, Uniontown.

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