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Unity, A Journey of Hope sponsoring Christmas collection

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Unity, A Journey of Hope, based in Vanderbilt, grants wishes to adults with a life-limiting illness in the greater Pittsburgh area year-round, but at this time of year the organization something special for those who are serving in the military.

Through Operation Christmas Wish, Unity adopts 13 local Air Force soldiers who are serving in Saudi Arabia and will be there over the holiday season. The troops from the 911th Air Force Wing and come from Connellsville, Greensburg, Washington and Greene counties and the Mon Valley area.

Unity co-founders John and Bobbi Robinson are collecting donations to be sent to these troops in time for Christmas.

”We are collecting donations of supplies and money for these troops. Additionally, UNITY also is going to ask each soldier who they want to give a present to in their name and do so as a surprise this Christmas from their loved one is Saudi,” said John Robinson.

Items that will be accepted are beef jerky/Slim Jims (must be vacuum packed), protein bars, either white or green socks, those colors only, baby wipes, cards, letters, international calling cards, Axe products, shaving cream, liquid soap, deodorant, nuts, sunflower seeds, gum and Swedish fish. Not accepted are pork products, religious articles or hard candies. M

Monetary donations will be accepted to defray the cost of shipping. Checks can be made out to Unity, A Journey of Hope, a 501(c)3 organization.

All items must be received before Dec. 2 at the following locations:

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

• Esquire Barber Shop, 51 North Mt. Vernon Ave., Uniontown.

• Valley Independent Newspaper Office, Route 906, Monessen.

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

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

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

“We want to be a blessing to these 13 local soldiers who are deployed to Saudi Arabia and will not be at home this Christmas,” said Bobbi Robinson.

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Unity, is in the process of re-organizing with intent to grow.

The Robinsons recently celebrated their sixth year anniversary of granting wishes to adults with a life-limiting illness. As a new year approaches they are asking for help to expand the Unity mission of “Changing lives, one wish at a time”.

“Unity, A Journey of Hope is presently only donor funded. Unity relies on individuals and community event donations to survive. Unity has granted some awesome wishes through the kindness of area businesses and well-known celebrities, but in order to survive we need to find support in other areas. Our goal is to grow and sustain our ability to grant wishes. We are reaching out now to ask businesses, corporations, organizations and individuals to embrace what Unity stands for, to enhance our mission and become a part of Unity. The next wish we grant may be for your loved one, but without your support these wishes may go unfulfilled. Without you a veteran may never receive his or her last wish, without you a family may never have the opportunity to have a blessed Christmas, without you Unity cannot survive,” said John Robinson.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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